Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart has put together one of the best coaching staffs ever in Athens, and with all the recently open coaching vacancies, the Dawgs need to keep this group together.
With Dan Lanning, Tray Scott, Dell McGee, Todd Monken, Matt Luke, Will Muschamp, and the other assistants, the Dawgs have the A team, and after this season, it’s time to pay them.
Georgia isn’t quite Alabama who can have frequent turnover in the coaching staff without missing a beat. The Dawgs are still getting everything to build a dynasty, and the first key to do that is keeping that staff together.
We mentioned earlier that none of the schools looking for new coaches should target the Dawgs coaches for the vacancies, but more and more teams continue to fire coaches. However, some schools have fired defensive coordinators, so those other programs could look at this staff.
Athletic director Josh Brooks needs to go ahead and start drafting contracts to keep them together because this is a crucial moment in the program’s history that could either elevate it or push it back to what it has been for 40 years.
Georgia has a group that recruits at an elite level, they’re coaching the players up to an elite level, and it’s just a good mixture.
They all understand what Smart wants out of this program and his expectations. The other impressive part is these coaches all seem to love the University of Georgia and what it means to be a Bulldog — so that alone could help them decide to stay.
However, a good pay raise would help the decision be even easier. Georgia wants to continue to compete at an elite level and contend for titles every year. Even though Alabama has proven they can do it with new coaches, that isn’t something that happens often.
Look at Clemson’s staff and how they have stuck together, which resulted in winning two national titles. They’re having an off year, so we could see some changes happen, but for the last eight or so years, it’s been the same staff coaching kids up and getting results.
Georgia needs that too. The Dawgs need to create a dynamic where kids know what they’re going to get, and with this staff, they would. Lanning and the defensive team are developing a monstrous defense, and the Dawgs offense is evolving into an explosive unit.
Muschamp could be a guy who leaves because he has head coaching experience, but it seems he is enjoying Athens and his special teams’ duties. Who knows what he could do, but maybe he wants to stick around his old stomping grounds and help lead them to greatness.
Lanning is another that could get a phone call, but he could be like Smart was to Saban — a guy who wants to learn from the head coach and grow until it’s the right time to make a move.
These two are the most concerning right now, but if Georgia is smart, they will do whatever it takes to give them a hefty raise. This entire staff needs a raise and will get one, but they need to be impressive enough to make them turn down other schools.
Of course, it’s hard to turn down head coach money, but there have been weirder things that happen.
Georgia has a relatively young staff emerging as a top unit that gets the most out of their players. The Dawgs need to keep this group intact and make them happy because if they do, this could be the next great coaching staff to coach the next college football dynasty.