Georgia Tech’s Brent Key makes 3 personnel changes, including coordinator Chip Long

Long faced challenges during the season, primarily the loss of his first- and second-string quarterbacks (Jeff Sims and Zach Pyron) in the second half of the season and injuries on the offensive line.

It’s a breakthrough move for Key, who had a friendship with Long and was instrumental in bringing him to Tech from Tulane last offseason. It will also come at a financial cost to Tech, as Long will owe his $850,000 salary in 2023. Long also coached tight ends.

It was also Alexander’s first season. He had previously coached with Long at Arizona State and Notre Dame and was hired after Kerry Dixon left Tech for a position with the Baltimore Ravens. He was working on a one-year contract.

Caralla was one of the first hires made by former coach Geoff Collins when he was hired in December 2018. Known, among other things, for his enthusiasm, his motivational messages and his commitment to undergoing the same training as the players , Caralla has become a popular and beloved figure within the team and the fan base.

In a tweet informing followers that he was unsuccessful, Caralla wrote, “I would like to say thank you to all the players I have had the blessing of coaching over the past 4 years. I’ll sleep well at night knowing I couldn’t have given more of my heart or worked harder to help. I love you guys.”

In Thacker’s fourth season as coordinator, after an offseason in which his retention was widely questioned, the Jackets’ defense showed marked progress. The defense is tied for ninth in the FBS in points to go with 24. The Jackets allowed 5.7 yards per play in eight games after Collins was fired after giving up 6.6 yards per play in 2021 and l did despite three offenses ranked in the FBS top 15. in total violation.

Score defense has gone from 33.5 points per game in 2021 to 26.8 in the last eight games. Football Outsiders ranks the defense 39th in its Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI) after being 112th last season, a stunning leap.

The highlight of the defense this season was limiting North Carolina, ranked 11th in FBS in total offense, to season lows in scoring and yardage (the latter since eclipsed) in the 21-17 win. of the Jackets in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Four defensive players – linebackers Ayinde Eley (second team) and Charlie Thomas (third team), safety LaMiles Brooks (third team) and defensive end Keion White (third team) – have all made the All-Team ACC, while cornerback Zamari Walton earned honorable mention.

The fate of two coaches promoted during the season to complete the staff of 10 assistant coaches, running backs coach Donald Hill-Eley and special teams assistant coach JB Hall, was not known.

At least Key now has three positions to fill — offensive coordinator and coaches for the offensive line and wide receiver — and possibly as many as five. When Key was promoted to interim, he assigned graduate assistant Nathan Brock to coach the offensive line. The remake of the Tech program to fit Key’s vision is well underway.


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