Kirby Smart Discusses The Challenges Facing Georgia Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney
Kirby Smart met with the media on Saturday and went into detail regarding offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and UGA’s offensive struggles last season.
During Saturday’s press conference prior to the Georgia Fan Day festivities, Kirby Smart discussed the challenges facing second-year offensive coordinator, Jim Chaney. Georgia averaged 24.5 points per game last season, which was 11th in the SEC. The team struggled to consistently run the ball and the passing attack had the second lowest rating in the conference.
Following are Coach Smart’s comments:
“I have always had a lot of respect for the work Jim has done. I think you look at his career as a whole — you see the places and the job he has done. He has been in some interesting situations from Arkansas, heavy run, to Tennessee — one year we played them and could not slow them down from throwing it because they had a guy who could throw it and pretty good wideouts. So, he has been very versatile in his past. He was not able to do that last year. We were not in a position to be that. We were in a transition and it was tough. I think he will be the first to admit that we did not live up to the expectations we wanted last year. That is not the standard we expect at Georgia. He recognizes that. We acknowledge that. We have to do a good job of analyzing why was it that way, why wasn’t it the way we wanted, what are we going to do about it. That is what we are worried about now. We are not worried about last year at all. We are worried about what is going to happen now moving forward — what is the growth of Jacob Eason? What is the growth of Jake Fromm? The wide out position, the offensive line position, getting more girth and getting bigger and more physical. So, that part of it, at least with the sheer numbers, absolutely not. Not where we need to be. I think we all acknowledge that.”