Georgia has a new offensive coordinator in Todd Monken, as the school officially announced his hiring on Friday. So what does that mean for James Coley, Georgia’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2019 season?
Georgia released a statement on that matter as well, saying he will remain on the staff and serve as an assistant head coach. There was no further specification of Coley’s role and what that might be. Monken was only announced as the offensive coordinator.
Coley has been on Kirby Smart’s staff since he first arrived at Georgia. He began as a wide receivers coach and worked his way up to the offensive coordinator position for this past season.
But the Georgia offense struggled in 2019, as the Bulldogs finished 49th in scoring offense and 46th in yards per play. Not all of that falls on Coley, as there were issues at the wide receiver position as well as injuries throughout the offensive line.
Coley spoke with the media prior to Georgia’s Sugar Bowl win over Baylor and did take responsibility for the offensive issues in 2019.
“You know what? I’ve got to do a better job, first and foremost, starts with me, right?” Coley said. “So I’m looking at myself hard and criticizing myself and busting my tail to get that end better.”
In addition to his work on the offensive side of the ball, Coley also has an excellent reputation for recruiting in South Florida, as the Bulldogs have landed the likes of Marcus Rosemy, Tyson Campbell and Tyrique Stevenson in recent recruiting classes.
Coley also played a significant role in landing graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman for Georgia. Newman spent last season at Wake Forest, where he threw for 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for six touchdowns.
Keeping Coley on staff would be a big win for the Bulldogs, given he is also the lead recruiter for 5-star quarterbacks Brock Vandagriff and Caleb Williams in the 2021 cycle. Vandagriff will be visiting Georgia this weekend, while Williams praised Coley at the Under Armour All-American game.
“They want me to be the guy. They want me to come in. They are all in,” Williams said. “I actually talked to Coach Coley about two days ago maybe. We talked. It wasn’t just about ball. It was just us talking. I have a good relationship with Coach Coley. They did tell me that they are all in and they want me to be a ‘Dawg.”
With Monken on the staff, Georgia could have a coaching structure similar to what LSU had this past season with Joe Brady and Steve Ensminger. Like Monken, Brady came from the NFL level and provided a great boost to LSU offense. Ensminger drew great reviews for his willingness to share the spotlight with Brady, who is now the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.
Georgia also issued a statement on Monken and what he will bring to the Bulldogs.
“We are excited to add Todd to our staff,” Smart said. “He has a history of establishing explosive offenses at each and every stop in his impressive career in both the National Football League and at major college football programs.”
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