Georgia football: Kirby Smart making savvy moves with staff additions

Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

Kirby Smart never stops working to make this Georgia football program elite and bringing experience into his coaching staff is yet another way of doing that.

Yesterday, Kirby Smart hired former Clemson offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter and former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey to serve as offensive analysts for the Georgia football program.

They will be replacing 2022 analysts Mike Bobo and Buster Faulkner, who both landed offensive coordinator jobs at the end of last season.

Streeter, who was the starting quarterback for the Tigers in the late 90s, had been on Dabo Swinney’s staff since 2015 as the quarterbacks coach. The Pennsylvania native coached current NFL starters such as Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence, who were instrumental in helping Clemson win National Championships in 2016 and 2018.

Lawrence praised Streeter last year after he received criticism for DJ Uiagalelei’s subpar performances:

"“He was a big part of my development, and people can say what they want to say…It ended up working out, and I’ve got a lot of faith in the player I am and the coaches that I’ve had up to this point.”"

Streeter was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2022 and produced mixed results. Clemson averaged 33 points per game and ranked 48th in total offense. After the season, the Tigers decided to revamp their offense by hiring TCU’s Garrett Riley.

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Darrell Dickey, a native of Galveston, TX, has had over 37 years of coaching experience with various schools. He was recently at Texas A&M, but he was not the team’s play-caller. He was let go after a dismal 5-7 season and, like Clemson, the Aggies also decided to shake up their staff so they brought in Bobby Petrino.

Prior to his time with the Aggies, Dickey served as an offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Memphis from 2012-2017, coaching with guys like Justin Fuente and Mike Norvell. In 2015, the Tigers averaged 40 points per game, with quarterback and future first-round pick Paxton Lynch throwing for over 3,700 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Dickey’s best offense came in 2017, as the Tigers scored 45 ppg and ranked in the top 10 in passing and total yards.

From 1998-2006, Dickey was the head coach at North Texas, where he helped the Mean Green win four straight Sun Belt conference championships. Although he was let go in 2006, the university named its football practice facility after him.

Both of these men bring years of offensive experience to Kirby Smart and his staff. Coach Smart has had a pretty successful track record of hiring new coaches, and these recent moves will likely be no different.

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