Let's assume that Willie is not our defensive coordinator next year. Who do you want to see as the replacement? Here are a few names I have come up with (some of the candidates are only going to be available if they get fired from their current head coaching positions)...
Kirby Smart (current DC @ Bama)- he seems to get the most talk on this issue among UGA fans. He played in Athens in the mid 90s, was on CMR's staff for 1 year, and has had the opportunity to learn from one of the best defensive minds in football while coaching under Nick Saban with the Dolphins and at Alabama. (Downside: Is the Bama defense really his? Or is it Nick's)?
Ron Zook (current HC @ Illinois) - Don't laugh - He certainly isn't head coaching material, but he can recruit like hell and has a pretty impressive resume as a Defensive Coach. (Downside: The guy is a laughingstock as a HC).
Al Groh (current HC @ Virginia) - He's no spring chicken (65 years old), but he brings an impressive knowledge of the defensive side of the ball. (Downside: His age)
Jon Tenuta (current DC @ Notre Dame) - If Weis gets fired from ND, Tenuta will be looking for work. ND's defense is terrible, but I always hated it when UGA played against his defense while he was at GT. And, his aggressive, blitzing style would be a welcome change from Willie's soft zones. (Downside: ND's defense sucks right n0w).
Tommy West (just fired as HC @ Memphis - will remain HC thru end of season)- Would he make a better D-coordinator than he makes a Head Coach? (Downside: He is probably best-known for his inability as a HC @ Clemson).
Dick Bumpas (current DC @ TCU) - The TCU defense has been nasty with Bumpas as coordinator. Would he take the same title with a traditional football school in a real conference? (Downside: Can he produce similar results in the SEC vs. a real schedule?)
These are just a few names. But, if we are going call for Willie's job (and rightfully so), we need to have an idea of who we are going to put in his place. If I had to pick one of the above, I would probably go with Ron Zook (I can't believe that I just typed that). Obviously, there are some candidates out there that I am missing. Who do you think we should hire? One of the above or someone that slipped my mind???