December 14, 2006
Callaway catches a job offer?
Richt say that Coach Callaway met with UAB officials on Wednesday about their head coaching job (Source: AJC). Interestingly, Jimbo Fisher of LSU is also a candidate for that job.
Normally, I would be a proponent of Coach Callaway considering other options. But to be totally honest, this probably isn't the ideal year. We have nine offensive linemen committed to Georgia. About half of them will enroll early. As completely and totally desperate as we are for OL help, the last thing we need is mass defections of our recruits.
Secondly, Richt has made it clear that he wants Bobo to focus exclusively on play calling. He has hinted that he doesn't think Bobo is ready for the full job of assembling the game plan for the upcoming week. He wants to work on the planning with Callaway who will retain the "offensive coordinator" title. Bobo's chance of success next year is less if he's trying to learn two new jobs at once.
Twelve SEC Titles
I've long felt that Callaway's offensive line recruitment has ranged from puzzling to inexplicable for most the past 6 years. You look at the kids we offered vs. the ones we didn't IN STATE and it'll drive you crazy.
Considering the talent level of the player he has signed prior to this class, one could argue that he's worked miracles putting together an OL that has won 60 games. The flip side of that coin being -- he wouldn't have to work miracles if he recruited the past 6 seasons like has this year.
We've also had games where our motley crew of OL misfits have dominated exceptional defensive lines. Games like Wisconsin '04, LSU '04, LSU '05 and UT '05 stand out as staggeringly impressive. We've also had games where Mississippi State, South Carolina, Marshall and even Vandy have made our OL look ridiculous. The wildly inconsistent product we see on the field week to week is maddening.
You look at his resume, and you see something like 12 SEC titles as a player and assistant at Alabama, Georgia and Auburn. Professionally, the guy is an enigma wrapped in a mystery while shrouded in a cloak of WTF.
That said...He FINALLY looks to be bringing on an diverse group of mostly primetime offensive line recruits. These guys appear to be academically eligible with multiple working shoulders, and they average around 300 pounds. He finally has something to work with.
That said. If you could guarantee me that we wouldn't lose any recruit AND that we could bring on someone like Hugh Nall from Auburn. I would be sitting here wishing Callaway all the best next year at UAB.
Said another way. I don't think OL coaching is program's biggest opportunity for improvement. It probably isn't the right time to make any changes.