(No, I don't have a Google Alert for "Martinez".)
When Kentucky football goes 7-5, only the unrealistic fans consider it a massive disappointment. (Seriously, I read a facebook comment where some guy whined about how UK could have been 10-2 if it wasn't for Joker. Seriously!)
But when Georgia football goes 7-5 and ends up getting passed over the Chik-fil-a & Music City bowls, Dawg fans can get rightfully upset. Georgia's defense bore the brunt of the blame, even though the Ginger
Ninja Geisha enjoyed spreading the wealth. With the brunt of the blame comes the point of the ax: Georgia fired Defensive Coordinator Willie Martinez and two other defensive coaches.
How bad was Martinez? Let's compare and contract with current UK DC Steve Brown:
Comparing these two coaches wouldn't be fair without comparing the quality of recruits they've brought in and have used the last 4 years:
With this data, we can conclude several things:
* Martinez has really had some hit-or-miss recruiting classes the past several years. Its hard to out-recruit Alabama and Florida, no matter how many Dawg fans there are.
* Given our recruiting rankings, Steve Brown is getting a lot of production from his defense. Finding diamonds in the rough help. But UK could definitely use some high-ranked guys in the next couple of classes.