Georgia's Top Five Candidates to Be the Next Defensive Coordinator

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Georgia's Top Five Candidates to Be the Next Defensive Coordinator

It has actually happened! Many fans questioned if Mark Richt would ever fire his best friend, Willie Martinez, because of their close relationship.

You might think it was the right decision, you might even think it is the wrong decision, but as of today it is the final decision.

For true Georgia Bulldog fans, it has always been easy to visualize Vince Dooley’s dominating defenses, the Junkyard Dawgs, if we close our eyes.

For the younger fans, they don’t have to think back very far to remember Brian VanGorder’s version, which only gave up 30-plus points once, and that was to the eventual national champions that season.

However, with each passing game it got a little bit more difficult to remember the good old days.

The last few years have been far removed from the days of dominating defenses. In fact, 30-plus-point games from the opposition had become the norm.

Bottom line, UGA needs a defensive coordinator who can make an instant impact. With A.J. Green NFL draft-eligible after next season, the window of opportunity will get much smaller.

I have compiled a list of five candidates I believe the University of Georgia should hire. There are three popular names you will not see on this list.

You will not see Tommy Tuberville on my list because he had already told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has no intention of being a coordinator earlier this year.

You will not see Will Muschamp. If he refuted rumors of the head coaching job at Notre Dame, he is not coming to UGA to be a defensive coordinator. He seems to be the coach-in-waiting at Texas, and he is perfectly content despite being a UGA graduate.

Lastly, I did not add Brian VanGorder. Yes, he was great at UGA prior to Martinez. However, he is now a defensive coordinator in the NFL, and I do not think he is leaving that for a college job he had already left.

If either of these three would take it, I would want Richt to jump on it as soon as possible. However, chances are less than five percent that any of these coaches accept the position.

As a result, here is my list of realistic candidates.

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