Thanks for 14 years of service, but don't let the door hit you on the way out. Know what I mean? Coach Garner was a loyal assistant for a long time, but he's now with one of the enemies. And will be re-recruiting many of the Bulldog targets for Auburn.
The point being this: You're either with us, or you're against us. It's a cold business.
I look at this move, from the Georgia perspective llike this: This gives us an opportunity to improve. And that's not a knock on Garner. Coach Garner did a good job for a long time. But maybe it was time for a change. New direction. New leadership. Freshen things up. Take it to an even higher level.
It's roughly 6 weeks before National Signing Day. So, this is serious business. Especially this year, because the 'Dogs are after so many defensive linemen...and now, the D-Line coach is an unknown. It helps that this is a dead period in recruiting. Gives us time to get someone hired and get regrouped, before we are back in front of the recruits.
Look for Coach Richt to make an impressive hire at DL/RC.
Will that mean we can get Carl Lawson (who must not be a Garner fan, after he was given the cold shoulder for a long time from the new Auburn DL coach)? Need to be in front of him quickly. Will Nkemdiche give us another look? Can we sell Montravius Adams? Those are the Top 3 rated players in the state. Coach Garner wasn't able to get a VC from any of them. It's time to knock on those again, with a new DL coach to introduce.
Garner is going back home to Auburn. Can't blame a man for that, right? Thank him for his contributions at Georgia and get ready to outwork him.
The 'Dogs have a match-up advantage against Alabama. It's Jarvis Jones. Got to figure if the 'Dogs are going to win, Jarvis has got to play big.
After watching the Alabama OT's on video this morning, I noticed something that might allow Jarvis to make a huge impact. Both Kouandjio & Fluker were outstanding run blockers, but they looked a little vulnerable in pass protection. Both seemed to be really concerned about the speed rush. Their first move was to jump outside quickly.
That not only leaves Jarvis with that move, but also that move back inside. He obviously has both.
Jarvis Jones just dominated the Gators O-Line. Took them apart. Remember the numbers? He had 13 tackles, 3 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. Dominated them. Need some more of that in this game.
Of course, it would help if: 1- Georgia played from the front...got an early lead, which would make Alabama throw it a little more than normal (63% run). That would allow Jarvis more pass rushing opportunities against those 2 huge tackles, and 2- Got to play the run tough, so you get them in more 2nd down/3rd down and medium distances (more pass plays).