Georgia's offensive coordinator receives high praise from former boss Pat Narduzzi
When an assistant coach leaves one program to take over the same role at another institution, often times the decision leads to bad blood – look no further than Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema’s reaction to losing offensive line coach Sam Pittman to Georgia. However that wasn’t the case when offensive coordinator Jim Chaney left Pitt for Athens. In fact, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi was even invited to join a joint Georgia-Michigan satellite camp held in Atlanta this week.
When Narduzzi was asked to give his opinion on the new Georgia offensive coordinator, the Panthers’ coach did not shy away from heaping praise on his former play caller.
“He’s a great football coach,” Narduzzi said according to Dan Mathews of Gridiron Now. “He’s a great offensive coordinator and Georgia’s fan base better be fired up to have him as their offensive coordinator. You’ll see a tough, physical and aggressive offense. Jim Chaney’s brilliant.”
Narduzzi’s words have got to be music to the ears of Bulldog fans everywhere.
Of course Chaney’s resume speaks for itself after coordinating some of the best offenses in recent SEC history via both the ground and the through the air. During his tenure at Arkansas from 2013-2014, Chaney helped lead the Razorbacks to top five rushing attacks both seasons despite inheriting players recruited to play in Bobby Petrino’s spread offense. Meanwhile at Tennessee from 2009-2012, Chaney’s offense never finished lower than No. 4 in the SEC in passing offense – an even more impressive accomplishment considering Derek Dooley was his boss for three of those seasons.
Chaney’s ability to adapt to the skill set of his players should give Georgia fans plenty of confidence moving forward, regardless of the lack of overall success the Bulldog offense has shown in recent seasons.
Landing the aforementioned Pittman should go a long way in helping the development of the offense in Athens immediately, as the offensive line coach is renowned as one of the game’s very best. The two assistants also both worked together at Arkansas and Tennessee, which should only help ease the offensive players transition to the new offensive scheme in Athens.
With Kirby Smart focusing the majority of his attention on the defense and recruiting, leaving the offense up to the likes of Chaney and Pittman may prove to be the wisest decision the first-time head coach could have made. Just ask 2015 first-time head coach Narduzzi, he’ll tell you all about it.