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After being notified on Friday night, Colorado finally made his headcoaching hire official, as the buffalo now announced the former Georgian defensive co-ordinator Mel Tucker as their next head coach.
Tucker has been the defensive coordinator for the last three seasons in Georgia, when he arrived the same year as Kirby Smart did. DawgNations Chip Towers wrote about the impact Tucker had on Bulldogs while he was in Athens as you can read here.
Looking forward, someone will have to replace Tucker as Georgia’s defensive coordinator. Coordinator rentals are always a big deal because a bad man can put the program back, as Georgia’s fans know well when Mark Richt made the decision to hire Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator before the 201
5 season. This will also be the first time Smart has to replace one of his coordinators, as Tucker and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney both have been smart since the start of his time in Athens.
But with Georgia’s job it’s one of the best in the country – there should be a number of unemployed candidates for the job. Let’s take a look at some of the names and candidates who could replace Tucker as Georgia’s defensive coordinator:
Glenn Schumann, Georgia Inside Linebackers Coach
Like Tucker, Schumann has been smart since beginning when he also came over from Alabama after the 2015 season. Schumann has done an excellent job of developing Georgia insider backs, as he helped Roquan Smith become the best line-backer in the country a year ago.
He has also developed players like Tae Crowder and Monty Rice, both of whom were 3 star recruits, starting to launch SEC linebackers. We also saw that freshman Channing Tindall improved during the year, because he played well against Alabama on Saturday.
Schumann is also an excellent recruiter, as he served as the leading recruiter for Quay Walker, Richard LeCounte and Quay Walker. 2019 5-star commit Nolan Smith.
The disadvantages of Schumann are that Georgia would still have to hire a defensive back coach, as Tucker also coached that position and his age. Schumann is only 28 years old and would be one of the youngest coordinators in the entire high school ball. But as Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay has shown, age does not matter in the coaching world. If you can train, you can train.
Schumann should be seen as the premier internal candidate for the job. Another name to look at Georgia’s staff would be Dan Lanning, who just finished his first season as a foreign linebacker coach.
Derrick Ansley, Oakland Raiders Defensive Back Coach
Ansley replaced Tucker as Alabama’s Defensive Back Coach in Alabama in 2016 and he would probably do it again in Georgia if it were going to be smart go.
While he is currently the Raiders defensive back coach, much of Ansley’s background comes to college, as he has been a defensive backback coach in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. Last off-season, he was focused on taking defense co-ordinator jobs in Colorado State, where former UGA alum Mike Bobo is a coach before finally joining Jon Grud’s Oakland staff.
Ansley is considered an excellent recruiter like him, and he has never been a defensive coordinator before. But Ansley could fill both Tucker roles, given his extensive work in the secondary.
Ansley seems like a logical external replacement for Tucker, but it’s worth remembering that he and Smart did not overlap in Alabama. Another external name we will mention is Alabama co-defensive coordinator and inside linebacker’s coach Pete Golding. But he seems unlikely considering he has already deflected the defensive coordinator’s position at Ole Miss and Oklahoma, according to Football Scoop.
Kevin Sherrer, Tennessee Defensive Coordinator
Georgia’s fans should remember this name as Sherrer was Georgia’s foreign linebacker coach before joining Jeremy Pruit’s staff’s last offseason. Unlike Schumann and Ansley, Sherrer has been working as defensive coordinator before, just over a year in Tennessee. Volunteers ended 9th overall defense and 12th defense in the SEC last season, but these figures may be more indicative of the lack of talent in Knoxville than Sherers ability as coach
Sherrer knows Georgia’s program but the biggest issue with He would be if he wants to leave Tennessee after just one season. The volunteers are still a little messy now, because it went 5-7 and lost double numbers to Missouri and Vanderbilt to end the season. Hiring Sherrer may also be a more expensive option, as he is contracted in Tennessee in the 2020 season and made $ 705,000 last year.
Georgia is undoubtedly a better job than Tennessee at the moment, but would Smart really include some who left their staff a year ago?
Greg Schiano, Ohio State Defensive Co-ordinator
This name will not be very popular, as Tennessee fans revolted last year when Schiano was supposed to be their next head coach. But as a defensive coordinator, he is still a very good option.
He does not have the recruiting acumen that Schumann, Sherrer and Ansley have but in his time in Ohio State, he has seen four of his defensive backs have taken the first round of the NFL draft. It’s a pretty efficient sale to recruits, especially those who 2019 4 star recruit Tyrique Stevenson and Kaiir Elam.
Schiano’s current employment status is unknown, as Ohio State is promoted by Ryan Day’s offensive coordinator to replace Urban Meyer. The Ohio State Defense also took a step back this past season, and that’s one reason it’s not in the college match. And Schiano really wants to be a head coach as soon as he may stay again. He would not be the most popular rental, but he is the most experienced rental of the names listed with a large margin.