I got news for you, Coach. We didn’t need to hear Ramik Wilson and Sterling Bailey tell the media that the defense wasn’t mentally prepared to play Florida.
You know what really infuriates you when you watch this film closely? Georgia – when it did its job – actually shut down Florida’s offense. The issue was that there were WAY too many plays where not all 11 men did their job – whether it was a DL getting pushed back, taking a back door, or an OLB losing outside contain. Georgia did some things on defense last Saturday that would drive any defensive coach crazy because you KNOW they KNOW not to do what they did. You KNOW they’ve been coached better than that.
I can guarantee that all the talk about being able to dominate their opponent and Florida not being good on offense directly lead to this selfish, lazy play. When a person thinks they can dominate another player on the football field, fundamentals go out the window and they believe their skill will just allow them to be better.
Cory is confident that Pruitt will get after his charges this week and we’ll see a different defense. And maybe we will. They certainly were taken down a couple of notches in Jacksonville, so maybe the false comfort can be stripped away. No doubt shame can be a great motivator. But who knows with this bunch?
What I’m sensing right now is that Kentucky is the pivotal game of the season for this team. It’s not that the ‘Cats are that scary. They’re not. It’s that Georgia’s mental preparation is. That’s on the coaching staff as much as it is the players. So there’s plenty of soul searching to go around this week. And not just about what to say to the beat writers.