Olivadotti left the Washington Redskins after 12 years, which made him that team's longest-tenured coach. He told The Post that the pending NFL lockout had no impact on his decision. The call to go from the pro to college ranks had a lot to do with wanting to work with Georgia defensive coordiantor Todd Grantham, who himself left the NFL a year ago after nearly a decade there.
"These opportunities don't come around but every so often," Olivadotti said in a phone interview. "But I really got excited about it after talking to Todd, who I've known for years, and with him having been in Dallas, he has seen the results of my work and the players I've coached in the NFL. This was just a great opportunity to join him, and then in talking to coach Mark Richt, and to compete in the SEC, it was just great."
Georgia fans will also like this quote from Redskins linebacker and special teamer Lorenzo Alexander:
"K.O. was awesome," Alexander said. "He was always a guy I could trust to give me an honest opinion about how I was playing and was very instrumental in every defensive and special teams position. He is a coach that knows a lot about every position. He has been here so long, working his way up the ranks, and I appreciate that. Those Georgia boys will definitely be happy."
Meantime, there may be a lockout, but there will still be a draft and therefore there will still be a combine. It begins Thursday, and a plethora of former Bulldogs will be there.
(In case you weren't sure exactly what "plethora" means, this should help. "Three Amigos" is a very underrated '80s comedy.)
The Georgia players who received invites in January were OL Clint Boling, OL Josh Davis, DE Demarcus Dobbs, LB Akeem Dent, FB Shaun Chapas, DB Vance Cuff, WR A.J. Green and DE-LB Justin Houston.
NFL analyst Mike Mayock told The New York Times that Green is a top 10 pick, and is very impressed with the former Georgia star.
"So if you’re ever going to look at a wide receiver and say this is the guy that fits any offense, I think A.J. Green’s the guy."
Mayock also says (much later in that very long blog post) that he thinks Houston is "more of a second round guy." But here's one mock draft, by The Buffalo News, that has Houston going No. 30 to the New York Jets. (Insert your own Rex Ryan foot-work joke here.)
Finally, Mayock also told another newspaper, The Tacoma News-Tribune, that Boling could be a second-round pick too.