There are two ways to look at this now:
1.) Georgia made a good run at a very good head coach. The money being talked about should have been enough to lure virtually any coach away.
2.) They didn't get him -- or Chavis or Koenning or Foster or, through more than six weeks, anyone else.
So let's pat ourselves on the back over an Independence Bowl well played, but let's not act like it really means that much in terms of momentum for 2010. Let's find ourselves some excellent new defensive coaches, but not expect them to be the ones to snap their fingers and solve all our problems.
But it's hard to pronounced the Georgia defense "fixed" when it allowed 471 yards, even if the total is a little bit deceptive because of the number of plays that were run and the number of pass attempts (58) by Jerrod Johnson as the Aggies tried to catch up. The task of truly improving that will fall to whomever takes the now-vacant defensive coordinator position in Athens. As nice a win as this was for Mark Richt, the future of his tenure at Georgia will be decided more by how well he does in that search than by how good his team looked in Shreveport.