Seth Emerson ($$):
… Smart turned to that man he briefly worked with 15 years before: Monken. As Smart enters his own fifth season as Georgia head coach, it’s the most important of decisions.
Smart’s specialty, even after that one year as an offensive coach, has been on defense, and defense has not been the problem at Georgia — top 5 in the SEC in defense each of his four years, second in the entire nation last year — nor are there any signs it ever will be.
If that holds, Smart’s legacy at Georgia, which seems set to be defined by whether he wins that elusive national championship, is going to be determined by the other side of the ball.
I’m old enough to remember a time when a Georgia head coach’s legacy could only be secured by hiring a good defensive coordinator. Goff, Donnan and Richt all proved that. (Hell, you could argue Dooley did, too.) Now, the conventional wisdom has been turned on its head. Sure, some of that is due to Smart’s background and defensive coaching prowess. But the game has changed. Kirby Smart seems to know that. Is Monken the guy who secures the legacy for Smart Emerson refers to?