Friday Q&A: April 4, 2014

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1) Any info on Stacy Searels regarding his fit with the coaches and players?

Chris Coleman: Stacy Searels is a great fit for Frank Beamer, and he’s a great fit with the rest of the offensive coaching staff.  He worked well with Mack Brown at Texas, and Beamer really respects Mack Brown.  It’s only natural that Searels would be a good fit for Beamer’s staff as well.

I liked Jeff Grimes a lot.  I think he’s a good coach.  But I’ll admit that I think Searels is a better fit, and I also prefer his coaching style.  Grimes could certainly yell and be intense when needed, and he really did look the part of an offensive line coach.  However, Searels is intense all the time.  Every moment spent with him on the practice field is intense.

I don’t mean that in a bad way.  He yells, but it’s not the berating kind of yelling.  He expects his players to play intense and tough every single snap in practice.  If they do that, it will carry over into games.  Therefore, he coaches intense and tough every snap in practice.

I think he’s a good fit with most of our current players.  Brent Benedict obviously likes Searels a lot.  It was Stacy Searels who originally recruited Benedict to Georgia, and Benedict fits in well with his style of coaching.  I think guys like Wyatt Teller and Augie Conte are excellent fits for him as well.

I haven’t heard any rumblings of players being unhappy about Searels.  If any of them don’t like his style of coaching, then I’ll pack their bags for them, because his style is what Tech needs right now.  If somebody can’t take his style of coaching, then that somebody