Saturday, January 9, 2010

How to Translate a Presser


While we wait on the big announcement...let's discuss the press conference, which I'm thinking will be Monday sometime. For the sake of this argument, I'll assume that Kirby Smart has about a 15% chance of being the new DC, Todd Grantham about a 40% and a name from outta nowhere (ie. Searels in '07) about a 45% chance.
There seems to be no question that the name the majority of the fanbase yearns for is one Kirby Smart. He is currently getting sized for a Nat'l Championship ring, is a UGA alum and has tutored under darling Nicky. Moreover, he's perceived as a longshot, property of a Crimson Empire that has a very large moat guarded by the tortured souls of Bear Bryant himself. Smart is the kid in high school who's parents had the pool out back, a rockin' stereo system and went out of town twice a month.

He's the cool kid we would love to be friends with. And his press conference would be a glorious moment in Dawg history. Prodigal son (remember he was frequently lambasted as a player, and left early in his coaching career for greener pastures) returns home to bring aggressiveness, discipline back to Sanford's turf.

Pomp. Circumstance. Confetti. Cue the Battle Hymn.

If Grantham takes a seat next to Coach Richt all that fades away. Don't get me wrong, I truly believe the fanbase overall will be pleased. Grantham is a great coach, he clearly knows what he's doing. His experience is inarguably heftier than Smart, yet in many fans' eyes his resume doesn't sparkle.

If Mystery Defensive Guru takes the chair to CMRs right, well I for one may be even more pleasantly surprised. As has been stated here and elsewhere before, Coach Richt has a knack for hiring extremely well from behind the curtain. And this search has definitely (and thankfully) been done from behind the curtain.

But my feeling is so many people have kept their hopes up for Smart, that any other presser would be met with even the smallest measure of skepticism. When in reality, a coach other than Kirby may be a safer and better bet. A Smart presser would make Mark Richt a hero in many fans' eyes. Yet, it's at least possible that another hire could be better long term.

So which do you want? If you had to choose...the spectacular press conference that brings tears to Dawg fans eyes and poetic words to local and national journalists' typewriters...OR the routine Q & A press conference that could mean more wins?

It's just a question bred from a thought. Please don't read too much into it. And it's meant as no disrespect to Smart. He coached a whale of a game the other night. I think he'd be a great hire because he's already a terrific coach. The question just came to mind that we may be more enamored with a certain name as opposed to having faith in the man who's charge it is to make the decision.

Phone lines are open. Reader, what's your bark...?