Georgia Bulldogs Football

Defensive Coordinator Wanted for Georgia Bulldogs...Really?

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Rennie Curran #35 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Mike In ValdostaCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2009
There are many in Bulldawg Nation that have had it with Willie Martinez and are calling for his dismissal. These are not fair weather fans, these people are impeccable Bulldawg bona fides.
They have charts and stats to demonstrate the steady decline of our defense in the years since Brian Van Gorder departed. They even have last Saturday night to show the trend is in tact.

They want him gone and they want him gone now.

Don't count me among them, at least not when I am sober.

Am I satisfied with the defense? Of course not. But I am not ready to throw the baby out with the bathwater, as they say?

Take a deep breath and think about it. What are the ramifications to firing Willie? Who are we going to hire? What will be the domino effect of the firing on the rest of the coaching staff? These are questions that must be addressed in detail prior to making any decision on Willie.

If Willie were to be fired, we probably end up in a situation where Rodney Garner has to be promoted or he leaves. It is also likely the bi-directional loyalty built between Mark Richt and his staff would be gone, leading to more coaching turnover in years to come. If we don't promote Garner or Jancek, then who do we bring in?

Is there anyone that could step in and hold the remaining staff together? I think it is unlikely.

The reality is Rodney Garner is as vital an assistant as there is in college football. Richt has done an excellent job of handling all of his assistants' egos over the years. He has kept them happy and they have stayed.

If Richt is willing to throw Willie under the bus, do you think Searels won't listen the next time the phone rings? Bobo? Do we want to run a Tommy Tuberville style game of musical chairs with our assistant coaches?

In my opinion, if Willie is fired, we are building a defensive staff from the ground up. Are we ready, Bulldawg Nation, to tackle that? Are we ready for the instability that will ensue?

Even if you are, who is the coach worth all of the turmoil? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please, let's be realistic with our suggestions, no Marion Campbells.

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