For those of you who are upset about how the large number of Georgia players drafted by the NFL haven’t translated into a national title, Todd McShay thinks you should chill.
“Think about how close they were to beating Alabama. And then they go on and beat Notre Dame and win the national championship. This team was extremely close,” McShay said Friday during a teleconference to preview the draft. “They overcame a lot of off-the-field issues, all those suspensions and a couple injuries early in the year. And they finally jelled. Their schedule was not the toughest, I’ll give you that. If you’re a Georgia fan, I’m assuming there’s probably a little bit of frustration with all these players from Alec Ogletree to Jarvis Jones and maybe John Jenkins in the first round; Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams at safety, Cornelius Washington at defensive end, Sanders Commings at cornerback-safety, Kwame Geathers, Abry Jones, I mean the list goes on and on with these guys. It’s remarkable how much talent. I get it.
“But I also think you have to keep perspective, and how close they were to playing for the national championship and a game they in all likelihood would have been able to win. It was just that close, and they almost got started a quarter of the way into the year because of all the suspensions. Which, you can blame on the coaching staff, or the lack of discipline, wherever you wanna put it. But I don’t think you can lose sight of how close this team was.”
I really do wonder how we’ll look back on last year’s SECCG loss, say, five years from now.