Smooth transition, or nah?

Is Lewis Cine concerned about the change at defensive coordinator in the wake of Dan Lanning’s departure for Oregon?  Doesn’t sound like it.

“We know what we’re getting with Coach Muschamp and Schumann,” safety Lewis Cine said. “From the start, it was like we had a bunch of defensive coordinators with Kirby being a defensive head coach, Muschamp being a former coach but mostly a defensive coach also and all those guys. Imagine it was like four masterminds on defense…. It’s not really changing anything. We’re all comfortable with who’s taking place and that’s how we’re going to be move forward.”

It does sound like something of a continuation.

During this season, Cine said Lanning wasn’t the only voice that players heard in defensive meetings. Schumann also came to the front of the room and spoke.

“They all took turns,” he said. “We’re not seeing anything new in that regard because Coach Schumann has done that and talked about that and talked about different things and coach Muschamp has done that and talked about different things.”

Still, the dynamic has to have changed somewhat, if for no other reason than that Lanning hasn’t been around as much lately, for obvious reasons.

Lanning will still coach Georgia during the playoff, but has been busy in the last week striking a deal with Oregon and then traveling cross-country for his first week as Ducks coach.

“He’s got a job and a half right now,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said Wednesday on SiriusXM radio.

… Before Lanning turned his attention again more to Georgia, defensive players have been holding each other accountable, Dean said, after coming off its first loss of the season, 41-24, to Alabama in the SEC championship game.

“From the jump, it’s kind of been great player led,” Dean said. “We’ve got great leaders on the team. With Coach Lanning being out right now, it hasn’t been too much drop off. We feel like we’ve been able to lead the team and get us going.”

“… it hasn’t been too much drop off”?  Hmm.  If the defense doesn’t show up again in the CFP, one guess as to where the fingers will be pointed.

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32 responses to “Smooth transition, or nah?

  1. ASEF

    My concern would me more a “too many cooks in the kitchen” dynamic with the shifts in roles. But it sounds like everyone works well together.

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  2. olddawg22

    It probably comes down to: are these players dying to do everything humanly possible to get another shot at Bama by laser focusing on Michigan? This has been one helluva focused hard working group all year! I expect Michigan to get our best shot!

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    • Derek

      They really don’t need to be thinking Alabama at all…

      If they want to rid themselves of the embarrassment of the last outing, fine. But Alabama ain’t on the schedule. Michigan is. They need to act accordingly.

      For me, playing Michigan is like playing ND. Losing ain’t a fucking option.

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      • Biggen

        Agreed. The shame of losing to Michigan pale in comparison to losing to Bama again.

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        • Biggen

          Haha. I wrote that backwards. Not enough coffee yet. I meant to say that losing to Michigan would be much worse than losing to Bama again (no matter how many times).

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          • Derek

            Close enough.

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          • olddawg22

            Read whole comment, Bama game is a motivation, not focus, all focus ( laser) is on Michigan. And please don’t tell me how important the Michigan game is unless your going to be in stands with me. I know everyone can’t go but this will be the first game in a long while that the “other” team will dominate in a neutral stadium, unless I miss my guess! Too boot it’s the Orange Bowl and another bucket list check off!

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            • Biggen

              I don’t think being (or not being) in the stands is a requisite for thinking the game is important to any Dawg fan.

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              • Derek

                To me that all depends on your capacity. There are people who can spend the money/time who just don’t. I have an issue with them letting that seat be empty or worse, filled with a fan of blue and French’s mustard persuasion. Plenty of great dawg fans for whom a trip to Miami is just not happening financially and don’t deserve to feel lesser because of it.

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            • Derek

              Don’t disagree at all. The wife can’t go (work commitments) and every dawg fan I know is either too cheap or too broke to join me. I feel very inadequate in my dawg fandom, but unless I want to buy a plane and game ticket plus accommodations for me AND another person, I’m screwed….

              Gonna have to tv this mofo and I fucking hate it. Its really an unacceptable outcome but I ain’t doling out a grand or more to a male “date” for any game, period. Fuck dat you broke ass, cheap bastards.

              So what you got kids and a mortgage and a bitchy, unreasonable wife! Its a fucking playoff game and its Michigan!!!

              But I digress…

              😞

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            • Russ

              I think you’ve missed your guess, based on the tickets I’ve been looking for. There are basically none under a grand on the Georgia side. The only tickets under a grand are on the Michigan side, but still over $500 a pop for standing room only.

              The stadium will be packed.

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              • stoopnagle

                Some Georgia tickets haven’t hit the market yet. For example, I don’t get mine until 12/23.

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                • Derek

                  And there really are LOTS of tickets out there already.

                  Unlike the SECCG, I expect this market to collapse.

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                • Russ

                  Well, I’m not in Georgia so I’m just going by what’s available online, and I see ~2000 seats available with the cheapest at $500 for SRO. So to me it looks like a pretty tight market. (This is a reply to Derek, but we’ve used up the reply supply in this thread.)

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              • Derek

                Russ, look at the web sites today. The prices have dropped to just over $300. Thats a 35% drop or so since yesterday.

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      • Bulldawg Bill

        “But Alabama ain’t on the schedule.”
        I know it’s a long shot, but just maybe they won’t be?!?!?

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        • Russ

          I have two short term hopes. One, we beat Michigan, and two, we get another shot at Bama. I hope Bama crushes Cincinnati. I’m tired of hearing about their lack of respect. Cincinnati is getting all the respect they deserve. They are a decent team but I believe out of their depths now.

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        • Derek

          Ill be pulling for Cincy hard!

          I’m sure they’ll pull an auburn/arkansas.

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  3. Geezus

    Stetson Bennett … lol.

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  4. uga97

    Where were those 4 masterminds on Dec 4? Also, Saban has been transitioning coaches for years leading into CFP…never missed a beat. Either u are elite, as a coaching staff, or not.

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    • Geezus

      Agree on the Saban point. He had a new OC and DC every year for like 4 or 5 years running and didn’t really miss a beat.

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    • miltondawg

      The article the Senator references doesn’t really get into it, but if you watch the video of the media session where Cine is taking questions from the media (it is on YouTube), what is pretty clear from some of his answers is that Georgia did different things on defense that they didn’t do all year and installed for the SECCG (in fact, he flat out said that). What I took from the video is that Georgia will be getting back to what worked all season instead of doing things that they didn’t do all season which probably caused confusion, the open receivers, busted coverages, and lack of pressure on Young. So to answer your question, I think that the four masterminds on December 4th had masterminded a new defense to outsmart the Alabama offense and it blew up in their collective faces.

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  5. RangerRuss

    Often the performance of a successful leader is altered drastically for the worse after losing a key member of the staff leading to the realization of who was truly responsible for the success of the unit. I think the only drop off in performance, if any, of the Dawg’s D will be a result of player personnel. I’m not saying that Lanning is less than competent; however, his reputation was surely enhanced from having a hands on HC who cut his chops as a DC. We’ll find out in a few years what Lanning is made of. I won’t wish him well as I’m a hater of anything non Georgia. Yeah, I’m tribal.

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