Our new LB coach, Kirk Olivadotti, who we have inherited from the NFL’s Washington Redskins, if nothing else has the right attitude; comes across with the toughness needed for the position; and seems to know what it is going to take to get production out of our players.
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Olivadotti, son of NFL veteran coach, Tom Olivadotti, said that in his first meeting with the players, he made it extremely clear that if they want to play, “They’re going to run to the ball, and they’re going to hit something; that’s what I’ve told them. That was the first meeting that we did. I told them, ‘You play if you run to the ball and hit something.’ We’ll take it from there.”
In discussing the transition from the Pros to coaching college kids, his approach sounds right on rock solid. “There’s going to be a difference, said Olivadotti, I remember when I was 20 years old. . . . But at the same time people are people. You’re going to have guys that are going to work their butts off; you’re going to have guys that you’re going to have to motivate, and you’re going to have guys that you have to always make it their idea in order for them to want to do it. Those are the different things that you do in life. I have to do it with my 3-year-old daughter.” (source: AJC.Com)
If you close your eyes, you could swear you hearing Brian Van Gorder. Well, we shall see what we shall see. Time will only tell. But, the truth is the truth in that our Defense couldn’t get much worse than they were last year, so we should all look forward to nothing but improvement.
Welcome to Athens Coach Olivadotti! Lets ‘Kick Some Ass and Take Names Later!’ And, once again let’s tip our hat to Todd Grantham on what appears at this point as a great hire.
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