Possible Replacement for Searels Right Under Our Nose

I don’t know what to make of Coach Searels imminent departure to the Texas Longhorns.  On one hand, I think he is one of the best offensive line coaches in college football and brings a winning pedigree from the Saban tree to Athens.  On the other hand, the offensive line has been less than over whelming the last couple of seasons.  Even going back to 2009, I called him out for his unit’s woes and not manning up and being accountable to the media. 

I take Searels as a guy who likes to jump around a lot and constantly look to something better.  There is nothing wrong with that.   He left LSU for Georgia, and honestly stayed in Athens longer than I thought he would.  He has the potential to make beaucoup more money in the most talent rich state.  Plus, he probably is concerned about his job security and is taking a pro-active position. 

I think there is more to it than that.  Searels strikes me like his former boss at LSU.  Nick Saban ain’t staying at Alabama for 5 more years.  I bet he won’t be there past 2013.  Intense, grouchy guys like that don’t stay at one place very long.  They come in, do well, but then leave quickly.  The get burned out, and in the mean time, rub folks the wrong way and probably don’t make a lot of friends.  The Saban tree is just a branch off the bigger tree; the top of the tree is Bill Parcells.  No one questions Parcells’ abilities, but how long does he stay at a gig before he leaves?

I would say this is less an indictment of Mark Richt and more  of a credit to Mack Brown.  Gene Chizik, Will Muschamp and now Stacey Searles left SEC schools for Texas in lateral moves.  Money talks and Austin is a great place to live.

But now where is UGA left?  Well, I am not surprised Searles left, but I am surprised that he waited this long.  By this time, most people’s staffs are intact.  It will be hard to convince a coach less than two weeks out from National Signing Day to leave when times are good; with questions about job security past 2011 looming it makes finding a competent replacement that much more difficult.

I have a name that is right under our nose we should consider.

Rodney Garner.

Garner played on the offensive line and coached the offensive line at Tennessee before coming to Georgia where Jim Donnan put him on the defensive line.  The defensive line may have been bad this past year, but the personnel was not right for it.  Georgia has had great defensive linemen for a decade.  I know folks are unhappy with him now, but that is primarily for recruiting.  His overall body of work with the defensive line has been very good.

This would do one big thing:  get him away from Todd Grantham.  Let Grantham, a defensive line coach, come and coach his position in his scheme.  You could allow Warren Belin to coach the whole linebackers, freeing up another spot for another coach.  Or bring in another person to coach the outside linebackers.

This may not be ideal, but I think this late in the game it is an option that we could explore if there are other areas of need (ehem, ehem, Strength and Conditioning) that could use more help. 


12 Responses to “Possible Replacement for Searels Right Under Our Nose”

  1. 1 Suthrn_Shepherd January 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

    not a bad idea. i could go for it. But a lot of people want to see a big hire.

  2. 2 DirkDawggler January 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Oh, hell no.

  3. 3 Matt Stinchcomb January 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    What about me?

    • 4 Corbindawg January 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      Matt, you are too good looking and have such a great voice. You are better suited for TV.

      And besides, why would we want the lesser Stinchcomb? Weren’t you in banking a few years ago or something? How many SEC Championships do you have? Superbowl rings? Please, let us have Jon.

  4. 5 DawgPolice January 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    This is the perfect time for Grantham to pull one of his NFL buddies! Come on Todd…make yourself heard.

  5. 6 Bright Idea January 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    One guy coaching the ILBers and OLBers is a bad idea. If you bother to watch the game or ever coached it you will notice that the two positions are entirely different.

    • 7 Corbindawg January 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      I understand that. The OLB keep their hands in the dirt most of the time. I have watched the game. Move Grantham to DL and bring in another guy to coach up the OLBs.

  6. 8 Bulldawg January 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Interesting idea. Move Garner to OL Coach. Eliminate the term running game coordinator. Hire a new DL coach – with expertise in the 3-4 and zone blitizing schemes. Maintain separate coaches for OLB and ILB positions. DL Coordinator Grantham to handle overall defensive coaching. Recruit true DL and LBs.

  7. 9 Scorpio Jones, III January 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I was not aware Garner played anything but NG at Awbun.

    Where did you discover he played on the O line?

  8. 11 sidelined observer January 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Don’t be surprised if ex-dawg center Nick Jones gets promoted. He’s apprenticed with SS and is a very smart guy.

  9. 12 BoWeevil January 21, 2011 at 1:42 am


    That is how much confidence I have that Greg McGarity will hire an OUTSIDE EXECUTIVE SEARCH FIRM to go get Mark Richt a coach on his sorry coaching staff.

    Mark Richt is PITIFUL at hiring his coaching staff.

    What was our biggest problem 2010 ?

    Er, uh…

    # 62 in the nation being sacked

    # 56 Total offense

    # 72 in the nation at even getting 1st Downs

    # 55 in the nation 3rd Down Conversions

    No running game, either 10th worst in our conference.

    I submit our problem is and was the OL.

    You absolutely cannot allow Mark Richt to hire another wimp for his coaching staff at this position. If you do, you are signing off on Mark Richt’s future – until he gets a lesser job somewhere else and wakes up and hires a good coaching staff, instead.

    Stacy Searels should have talked to the media, and his players – then, maybe something could be understood as to why an OL with that much experience – could perform every minute of every game so poorly. It was from the opening kick-off that the OL was DOMINATED all season long – again.

    Good Riddance Stacy Searels, followed closely I hope by the rest of this sorry coaching staff.

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