You might have heard a few days ago that Smart was bringing John Jancek back as a quality control staffer. He confirmed that with a few details yesterday.
“We had two quality control positions that we weren’t able to fill before the pandemic broke,” Smart said via Zoom. “We were on vacation or on spring break, and we had a couple spots that were open that we were unable to fill. We put the hold on those and didn’t know if we were going to have a season, so we weren’t sure we were going to fill them. Then a week before or maybe a few days before the Arkansas game, we decided to fill that role. [John Jancek] breaks down the opposing team’s defense, and coaches the coaches in terms of the insights of what that defense does and what their tendencies are and [is a] a defensive mind on the offensive side of the ball, which is very common in the NFL, and it was important to Coach [Todd] Monken that we had somebody that could fill that role.”
As long as he’s not there in a personnel-evaluating or scheme-devising role, I’m cool with it. Speaking of the former, this made me roll my eyes a bit:
In his first stretch at UGA, Jancek helped develop Tony Taylor into a two-time first-team All-SEC performer. He also coached eventual Super Bowl winning linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and aided Rennie Curran in becoming an All-SEC and All-American linebacker.
Jancek, from what I understand, is the reason it took so long for Curran to see the field his freshman year. Richt essentially had to force him to start Curran. So much for “aided”.