Georgia football’s coaching staff is going to look a lot different in 2019.
Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker left a few weeks ago, to take over as head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.
More recently, the Dawgs got a major surprise, as SEC East rival Jim Chaney was poached by Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee. He had been with Georgia since 2016.
On the offensive front, Georgia may respond to Tennessee’s poaching by doing the same to Kentucky.
Eddie Gran is reported to be a potential replacement for Chaney, after helping lead Kentucky to a 10-3 season and Citrus Bowl win over Penn State.
Defensively, UGA is looking towards the NFL ranks, per one report.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oakland Raiders’ defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley is under “strong consideration.”
Via the AJC report:
Georgia’s search for a defensive coordinator is winding down, and sources close to the situation say Oakland Raiders secondary coach Derrick Ansley is “under strong consideration” for a position with the Bulldogs.
Ansley, a former star at Troy, just finished his first year at the NFL level. He has extensive college experience, serving on staff at Alabama under Nick Saban for a number of years. He has also coached at Kentucky and Tennessee.
Other candidates for the job could come from in-house.
Coach Kirby Smart already has a strong defensive staff in place, and linebackers coaches Dan Lanning (32 years old) and Glenn Schuman (28) are rising stars in the profession who have been discussed a great deal regarding the vacant coordinator post.
Tucker’s defense was consistently stout, and was a major run to Georgia’s 2017 SEC title and National Championship Game berth. Those are big shoes to fill for the next Bulldogs DC.