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.