The rhetoric has abated some today, but I do have to ask: Where are all the people that signed this petition? I think the petition itself is rather crazy, but at least people are willing to put their names on it. I wonder if those same people will sign a ‘Make Willie Martinez the Pope’ petition if the Dawgs lead the SEC in D next year? Oh, wait. That isn’t what fans do.
I remain concerned about firing any coordinator immediately before signing day. For those of you who think it doesn’t matter, there is a starting lineup of players that switched commitments because they were interested in playing for ‘that guy.’ I asked the question yesterday, who could we get? A couple of people have taken the time to answer that, but in my mind, it in all likelihood it will come down to Rodney Garner. In my mind, that is a push (especially losing him as recruiting coordinator), but who knows.
Either way, I agree with Bernie: Unless Miami (Florida) can give him money that only Tennessee and Oklahoma want to pay, Willie Martinez will be on the sidelines in Athens next year. Hell, even if they do offer that money, he is still likely to stay. The thing that convinces me is this: Randy Shannon has already indicated a willingness to dabble in his team’s defense (being a former D coordinator and all). While I firmly believe Mark Richt will still hold all members of the coaching staff to his statement at the end of the season about accountability and improvement, that doesn’t mean he will impose his will on his coordinators. It just is not his style. Randy Shannon has shown he isn’t that interested in listening to his offensive coordinator. What will he be willing to listen to from a defensive coordinator? Of course, firing Patrick Nix is actually a smart move in my book, so there is that.
I have been wrong about a lot more than 10 things in my life, I don’t think I am about this one.