Monday, March 1, 2010

Rennie Curran Makes Right Moves

Rennie Curran left Georgia a year early to enter the NFL draft. Smart move #1.

Curran recently stated that part of his reason for leaving was the fact that UGA fired three members of the defensive coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Willie Martinez. You can't let the tail wag the dawg here, and I'm not sure how much of a factor the coaching staff change was, but it certainly didn't help Georgia's case if the team wanted to keep Curran around.

A key part of being successful at linebacker is being so accustomed to the defensive schemes that a player can quickly make the right reads and play at a fast pace. With a new defensive staff coming in, Curran would have had to learn new terminology, new play calls, adjust to the 3-4 defense, and perhaps even do a lot more coverage out of the backfield. Combine all the foregoing with the risk of injury and the chance to make an NFL salary, and Curran's time as a Bulldog had come to a close.

I like the fact that Curran did his research before making a decision. He has also bulked up enough to gain consideration for the middle linebacker position.

More smart moves for Curran. Big loss for Georgia. Great opportunity for other linebackers on the roster.

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