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Friday, December 4, 2009

We're Here to Help (Unless It Hurts Us)

Considering Georgia is rumored to have some interest in Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as a potential replacement for Willie Martinez, I figured it might be worthwhile to pass along Nick Saban's thoughts from today's SEC championship game news conference, on his coaches having other options for jobs...

"Well, first of all, you know we want our coaches to advance. And I think that if we have someone on our staff, it should be their motivation to do a good job to be able to create a better opportunity for themselves.

"In other words, if you're a coordinator, you can become a head coach. If you're not a coordinator, you could go someplace and be a coordinator and actually gain more responsibility.

"I don't necessarily think that just a move to move sometimes when it's not really an advancement in terms of responsibility is something that you like to see on your staff, because you hope that the people that are there are working to move up the ladder so they can create an opportunity for themselves that will give them an advancement based on their performance and what they achieve and what they do by doing a good job in the job that they're in.

"Because the issues and the problems are the same everywhere. So we always want our coaches to be able to do that.

"We want to help them do it. But at the same time we want them to stay focused on what's best for our team and our players right now and this situation because those are all things that can be managed after the game.

"There's a time and place for all those things. And I don't think today's the right day."

You can probably take that to mean that Saban isn't going to be real receptive to a call from Mark Richt wanting to talk to his DC about a lateral move at this point.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does Saban have the authority to tell Smart "no" if Richt wants to talk to Smart though?

Anonymous said...

This sounds like he might be afraid of losing someone.

Anonymous said...

Saban forgot his move from Miami after he said he was not going to coach Alabama?Saban has different standards for himself!

That70sGAdawg said...

Saban is got to be a great honest guy to work for ??Come on home Kirby!

Anonymous said...

Translation of that Saban-speak: "I am an a@@hole".

dawgjammin said...

Lets hope Richt gets someone that will make the bulldog nation forget about the fact that we have graduate assistants coaching us in the bowl game. So much for the extra practice time for the players between now and the bowl.

I hope Richt's announcement of his hire is on Sunday so it overshadows tech's performace in the Acc championship game tomorrow.

dawgfan17 said...

dawgjammin- We could name our GA's the actual coaches for next year and I am not sure that it might not be an upgrade over this year. The time between now and the bowl will still be great practice no matter who is coaching them, especially if they work primarily on fundamentals. With the tackling being as poor as it has been at times, not holding on to INT's, and being out of position, I would love nothing but fundamentals work between now and the bowl, even if it meant just playing a base type defense the entire bowl game.

Anonymous said...

So we bitched about Richt not getting rid of Martinez fast enough. Now we're going to bitch about not having a coach in place for the bowl game?

'92 Dawg said...

Saban is a real A-Hole! Hopefully, (as bad as I hate to say it), Florida beats the brakes off Alabama and perhaps 0-2 in title games gives Kirby something to think about! Come back Kirby!!!

Anonymous said...

I like Smart but if we got him and he does a good job he probably leaves in 2-3 years. I would prefer if we tried a DC that used to be a head coach and doesn't mind being a DC again til he retires but still has that fire. Richt will be around for another 10years so the whole HCIW is not really an option. Tubby will never happen so we need to stop that talk. We also need someone who can bring in good assistants (especially LB and DBs) Does anyone fit the bill under this description. Have we looked at teams/conferences (other then SEC) that have DCs that have had success against the spread and triple O?

Anonymous said...

Saban's comments are fine so we offer Smart the job as Assistant Head Coach or Executive Defensive Coordinator or something. Now that's a promotion.

Moe said...

My choices:

Kirby Smart (but if he said no, I could live with it).

Everett Weathers (UNC's DC- they're a top 15 defense with much less talent than UGA).

Bud Foster (maybe he'll want to step up to the big leagues)