Georgia Football: Grading the Bulldogs’ coaching changes, hires

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New Offensive Line Coach – Rob Sale

When Mike Bobo left for Colorado State, he didn’t leave alone. Following in tow was offensive line coach, Will Friend. The loss of Friend was a big blow at the time, as it caused several recruits to have second thoughts or to commit elsewhere.

Sale joins the Bulldogs after three seasons of being offensive line coach and/or coordinator at McNeese State. That’s a big jump up in stature of program, as well as pay scale.

A former LSU player, Sale is familiar with the brutal schedule that an SEC team will have, and he’s got experience patching together offensive lines out of whatever is on hand, including defensive players. He’s also already shown his ability to recruit, coming in late and saving a couple of recruits that might have gone elsewhere after Friend left.

Without any big Power-5 school coaching experience, it’s really hard to judge what Sale will be able to do. Offensive line coaching is a concept thing, and he’s got to get his players to buy into how he sees the concept, as well as figure out how that will match up against speedy, strong SEC defenses.

We’ll lean towards Richt on this one, who obviously saw something great in Sale.


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