ATHENS — Georgia didn’t waste any time posting the job opening created by Warren Belin’s resignation Thursday as inside linebackers coach. The position was posted Friday on the UGA employment website.
What’s interesting, though, is that the “replacement” position is advertised as a defensive ends coach, not an inside linebackers coach.
From the posting: “This position serves as Assistant Coach in the area of Defensive Ends.”
That would seem to suggest some sort of reshuffling of responsibilities is at least being contemplated on the defensive staff.
Update from an interview Saturday with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham: Georgia “obviously could go a couple different ways” in filling the position, Grantham said. “We’re basically in the process of looking at it right now,” he said. “We’re going to hire the best person for Georgia and the best fit for Georgia.” But as for the job posting clearly identifying the opening as defensive ends coach, Grantham said: “I wouldn’t put any stock in that. We’re going to hire the best person for Georgia.”
Georgia last had a “defensive ends coach,” per se, in 2009, when Jon Fabris held that title. After Fabris and two other defensive coaches were fired, and after Georgia changed its base defense, defensive line coach Rodney Garner expanded his responsibilities from coaching the two defensive-tackle positions in the old 4-3 alignment to coaching the nose tackle position and the two end positions in the new 3-4. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham coached the outside linebackers and Belin the inside linebackers.
Belin’s departure for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers left Georgia with two openings on its staff, although the offensive-line coaching position is expected to be filled by Monday or Tuesday, if not before. Chatter continued Friday that UAB’s Will Friend might be in line for that job. More info on Friend is here.
The Panthers, by the way, officially announced Belin’s hire as linebackers coach on Friday. The news release noted that Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was a player at William & Mary when Belin was an assistant coach there in 1995-96.
– Tim Tucker, UGA Blog