Rodney Garner is in touch with his inner Ray Goff.
“We consciously tried to do something a little different against South Carolina. We didn’t want to have the same situation in a game where the quarterback ran all over the place,” Georgia defensive line coach Rodney Garner said. “But he still broke it open a few times, when we felt like we were doing some things, and then for some reason we lost contain on the outside, we still let him step up there. We’ve just gotta keep working and keep getting better.”
I tells ‘ya, it’s déjà vu all over again, man.
And seriously, can we please stop with this already?
But in retrospect Garner wishes he had given Smith more snaps. Garner pointed to the Tennessee game, where Jenkins and Abry Jones each played about 60-70 snaps, and thinks each should have been rested for 10-20 snaps in favor of Smith. Garner also wishes he had given Smith about 10 more snaps at South Carolina.
“That’s really what I should have done. I told him that when we met: I’m kicking myself,” Garner said. “But when you’re in that type of game, you’re going with the guy that you trust, that you know is gonna execute … even though he’s wounded, and he’s out there trying to suck it up.”
Look, coaches, I get that improvement doesn’t happen until you acknowledge your mistakes. That’s all fine. Just quit airing your regrets in public and, you know, fix the damned problem. The world doesn’t care about the birthing process. It just wants to see the baby.