ESPN's Mark Schlabach hints at expected changes on Georgia's staff, including a former NFL OC
Georgia fans were increasingly frustrated with the offensive production for much of the 2019 season, but with a slew of departures, mostly to the NFL, and most notably QB Jake Fromm, changes are coming.
That is likely to include the offensive coaching staff, and while details have yet to emerge, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach has laid out a possible scenario.
Wake Forest’s Jamie Newman has enrolled in classes at Georgia and will participate in spring practice as Georgia looks to settle on its next quarterback. But the Bulldogs will also be in search of a re-made offensive line following multiple NFL departures and Cade Mays’ transfer to Tennessee. Veteran Ben Cleveland also missed the Sugar Bowl because of an academic eligibility issue.
Here’s how Schlabach sees Georgia and its season outlook early in 2020.
“Changes are expected on Kirby Smart’s offensive staff as well,” he wrote. “Keep an eye on former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Georgia’s defense carried the load in 2019 and should be stout again, especially with safety Richard LeCounte, linebacker Monty Rice and cornerback Eric Stokes electing to return. The Bulldogs open the season against Virginia in Atlanta and play at Alabama on Sept. 19 and against Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, on Oct. 31.”
Monken has coached at multiple stops in the NFL and college, from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to Southern Miss, Oklahoma State, LSU, Louisiana Tech and Eastern Michigan.