“… but I’m going and I’m going fast.”

Kirby Smart is skipping a Broyles Award private dinner at the Clinton Presidential Library tonight to go see Jacob Eason.

I don’t know about you, but I’d sure be flattered by that.

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78 responses to ““… but I’m going and I’m going fast.”

  1. Derek

    According to a lot of you this is much to do about nothing, am I right? Its just coachin’. Just put a qb out there and call good plays. There’s gotta be a qb lying around somewhere that he can coach up. Hell Lambert would win the heisman and be the first player taken in the draft in 2017 with the right coachin’.

    Kirby’s doing exactly what he ought to be doing. There is nothing Kirby needs to be doing that’s more important than locking this kid down. Players matter. Coming from a place that had the No. 1 class every damn year, he knows what matters most.

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    • Turd Ferguson

      “According to a lot of you this is much to do about nothing, am I right?”

      No.

      But according to your painfully childish misrepresentations of our comments?

      Sure.

      Time to give it a rest, pal.

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      • Uglydawg

        This Civil War is over. Both sides should quit carping, gloating and digging.

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      • Derek

        Since you said “our.” How about these jewels:

        “Bill Snyder with his typical solid fundamentals and setting up long QB scrambles using Bauta might get this team to 10 wins without Chubb.”

        “I don’t agree with your original oft-stated premise (that the QBs are incorrigible and no offensive coordinator ever could be successful with them).”

        “We have/had Lambert, Ramsey, Bauta, Park, and walk-ons Robinson and Vaughn. Maybe CMB could’ve made something out of one of those guys.”

        You want to own that stupid shit? Go for it. Kirby is getting on a plane for good reason and I’m not abusing anybody’s words. People have said grossly dumb shit around here about the qb position AND about the import of Eason to our future success.

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        • Brandon

          Just wondering… did you go back and dig those jewels up or do you really copy and paste peoples’ posts and save them to use as ammo in future arguments?

          If its the latter, do you have any from me? I’d be flattered…

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          • Derek

            I don’t save anything, but if you kinda remember what was being said its all available via a well-tailored Google search. It took almost no time to find these. I’m sure I could find many more showing that that certain posters thought that worrying about Eason (or any qb for that matter) was a great waste of time. Reading some comments you’d think that all qb’s were just blocks of clay just waiting for the right amount of coachin’ to be applied.

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        • JonDawg

          Yes they have, and now they want to distance themselves from it. Eason is extremely important to our future, as is the Hockman kid from next year.

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          • Derek

            Agreed. If Eason bolts we have to sign someone no one wants for depth and its 2018 before we can expect to have the QB position reasonably manned. I have hopes for CKS but you have a hard time turning the corner if you can’t get the ball in your play makers hands with a chance to succeed. Balance achieves that. If you want to run it effectively you have to pass effectively. If you want to pass effectively, you have to run effectively. I’ve been saying that around here for years. Clearly CKS has been reading my posts because that’s what he said today. No way he just “picked that up” along the way just by coaching football games.

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        • Turd Ferguson

          Not one of those quotations is even close to the same thing as “Hell Lambert would win the heisman and be the first player taken in the draft in 2017 with the right coachin’.”

          That, like I said, is a painfully childish misrepresentation. You could’ve just taken my word for it. But for some insane reason, you insisted upon showing everyone exactly what I was talking about.

          Talent matters. Coaching matters. As those quotations are all emphasizing, great coaching can often make up for lesser talent. Likewise, great talent can often make up for shitty coaching. Unfortunately, this season, we had both a dearth of talent at the QB position and shitty coaching, among other problems. Pretty much everyone agrees with this by now … except you, apparently, who still refuses to admit that coaching was a serious problem.

          And for the record, as much as I’m sure Kirby Smart would love to have Eason in Athens, I wonder what he thinks the importance of 5-star QBs when it comes to contending for national championships …

          http://sports.yahoo.com/lsu/football/recruiting/player-Jacob-Coker-89655

          Stop while you’re behind, Derek.

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          • Derek

            Have you heard of “sarcasm?” No the heisman thing was not a direct quote. You got me there. I was using absurdity to underscore the stupidity of which there is much to choose.

            I think Kirby has told us the importance of Eason by his travel plans. He said “W.i.n.- what’s important now?” at the presser. Apparently “w.i.n.” was going to Washington, today. Argue with CKS not me. He sets his own priorities, not me.

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    • Jared S.

      A lot of “sure thing” quarterback recruits just don’t live up to the hype. True, Eason looks to be a cut above the rest, but only time will tell. I’m not sure your statement that “there is nothing Kirby needs to be doing that’s more important than locking this kid down” is true. Securing Eason is certainly one of many very important things, but CKS has a lot of very important things to lock down in the next few days/weeks/months.

      Telling the administration how it’s going to be in a Smart Era, and making sure he’s going to be calling all shots on personnel decisions is equally, if not more, important to locking down Eason. And it sounds like CKS is doing well on that so far.

      Also, hiring an excellent OC who can work with and utilize Eason (or another elite QB prospect) is equally important to actually locking down Eason. Who knows how this pans out.

      And let’s not forget about assembling an O-line that will actually allow Eason (or someone else) to work! But that’s already been discussed, and it already looks like CKS at least pays lip service to this mindset.

      The list goes on an on. I’m glad he seems to be working so hard on all this stuff. Even though he’s still an Alabama employee.

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      • TnDawg

        “Even though he’s still an Alabama employee.”
        Is he dbl dippin? Good for him!
        Think maybe he is a UGA employee, fulfilling obligations to Bammer with UGA admin approval tho,

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    • Mike Cooley

      You are well on your way to being the guy with the highest eye roll count at GTP. You are far, far more obnoxious than the people here that you love to shit on.

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      • Mayor

        Mike, I can’t tell who you are directing that comment toward. But then, from where I sit reading this thread, it could apply to any number of posters. 🙂

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  2. Argondawg

    I think he gets Eason.
    I watched both pressers for Muschamp and Smart pretty much back to back and was astounded at how much more professional Kirby was. It felt like Muschamp was still trying to sell himself and Smart was already the head coach telling you what the game plan was. What his overall philosophy was going to be. I do not expect a lot of rainbows and unicorns during press conferences from Smart. He will be short and direct with his answers. I wonder where he learned that?

    I expect this will still be a top 5 class. Probably the best we have had in years. He will recruit his butt off. There is just a different intensity to this guy. He wasn’t what I expected. He was a little bit scarier and that is a good thing.

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  3. Smart didn’t know if he was flying a private jet or commercial.

    Given the time crunch he is under, I really, really hope this isn’t a question. I’m hoping he didn’t know simply because it’s already been taken car of without him even having to ask. If they didn’t have a private plane fueled up and running on the tarmac at the end of the press conference, something is wrong.

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  4. I bet right after that came outta his mouth, somebody was gassin up that little jet with the big “G” on the side..

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    • I have heard that little jet with the G on the side can’t go coast to coast non-stop. That’s the only reason he would fly commercial unless someone now has a NetJets or similar card that will give him access to a Gulfstream.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        He’s most likely going commercial. As for non-stops, that what fuel stops are for (in GA, we call them $100 hamburgers; more like $2-3000 hamburgers in his case).

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      • Yeah, I get that you don’t want to bust budgets on a regular basis or anything. But as a one time thing, given the time crunch, it would seem to me to make sense to do what needs to be done to get him on private charter that gets him there and back as quickly as possible.

        That does make sense about the smaller jet though. I’m sure it was purchased more with the idea of regional travel than national.

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      • charlottedawg

        I’m sorry but if you don’t have access to a gulfstream you’ve failed at life. Maaaaybe business class in a pinch or overseas.

        But it’ll be a cold day in hell when my little girl looks at me in a mixture of bewilderment and shame and asks “daddy y are the common people getting on OUR plane?”

        I know Kirby is a state employee making a measly $3.75 or as my colleagues call it the public sector discount, but c’mon seriously? Hell he can borrow my plane, geez.

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  5. AusDawg85

    Bout time Kirby. Quit dilly-dallying around!

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  6. No worries. KS is on the motha….

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  7. I Wanna Red Cup

    I really hope that in all future pressers CKS has a bottle he can refer some questions to.

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  8. Russ

    I hope he can keep Eason in the fold. We obviously need him.

    I also hope Smart has his OC in mind/pocket so he can ease Eason’s questions about the style of offense we’ll be running.

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  9. Jktom

    Demonstrates desperation for a QB

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  10. 3rdandGrantham

    If you want to see another side of Kirby—not the nervous and somewhat stiff Kirby we saw during the PC today, watch the following Q&A with him after the PC. You’ll see a more relaxed and confident side of him…definitely more of a boss attitude…

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  11. If despite this effort by UGA to reach out to Eason to come and he continue to be ambivalent, I do not think there is anything else Georgia can do.

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    • Otto

      If Eason does go to Florida it maybe time to call Feleipe Franks, assuming the new OC likes him. Point is one door opens another closes and you never know how recruiting will play out.

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      • VoxDawg

        Wouldn’t that be some shit? Trade QB commits with the Mud Lizards and The Mad Hatter gets left in the cold.

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        • Otto

          Stranger things have happened, naturally the kid doesn’t like McElwain’s sudden renewed interest in Eason. It is something to have in mind. Recruiting was never my worry with Smart. If he feels it is needed, I’m sure he’ll be calling some QBs. I would think Smart and UGA would sell itself over the Hatter’s job stability and entering a competition with Eason.

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  12. Doggoned

    Go, you Kirby Smart. And please can’t we get back a little civility on this blog?

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    • I sure hope so. I’m kinda scared to pipe up around here lately.

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      • Folks have been “chippy” on all the blogs lately; even the more genteel and affable Dawg Sports. Feelings have been hurt and emotions are high. It’ll all settle down.

        That said, there are some douchebags who just like to troll that bait along and see what hits. Ignore ’em and maybe they go away. If not, the good Senator will have to put us all on double-secret probation.

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  13. Jktom

    We will find that it will always be cold in the shadow of Giants (Saban- aka “coach-killer”).

    I detect a whole lot of Saban-envy … Much akin to ashort-coming that most on this blog experience I suspect ….

    CKS is will be lucky to get 9 wins next season due to, a) no QB, b) bad offensive line, c) no running back production, and d) new DC.

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    • hassan

      Or….CKS gets to 9+ wins with a) a freshman QB that is able to step up and step in right away (or alternately, much improved QB play) b) improved offensive line with increased depth c) continued running back production and d) a new DC (or the same DC…whatever)

      Of course there is Saban envy…he plays for titles…lots of them. But then again, to be the man, you have to beat the man.

      I prefer to see how it plays out.

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    • Dawgfan Will

      Saban got to all of seven wins his first season at Alabama, so nine sounds pretty good.

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      • JKT

        all very good points… so patiences will be needed… no chicken little with the sky is falling…. CKS needs a minimum of three years to get things truly rolling… and maybe Saban retires 😉

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      • lakedawg

        Wait, am I reading that correct we just fired a guy that wins 10 and we are willing now to take 7-9 ,,,, what?

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        • That’s right Lake. We just fired a guy who won 9 (not 10) games in his 15th season after giving him ten years of benefit of the doubt, and we’re willing to give the new guy a pass in year 1 if he doesn’t win 10.

          Just infuriating isn’t it?

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          • Gaskilldawg

            Yeah, it is infuriating because you made it clear that the former coach was the sole reason this collection of talent was not playing in the SEC championship game but you are now excusing the same collection of talent winning fewer games?
            You are obsessed over Richt. Let him go. Don’t lower your standards for Smart. I bet you Smart does not want you to lower his bar.

            And, yes, having been convinced by you that Vandy, Missouri, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Auburn were terrible and beating them was a given, if Smart wins fewer than 9 either those are our only SEC wins and we list to Ole Miss, UT and UF same as last year, or we lose to one of the shitty SEC teams we get no credit for beating. It is infuriating that your expectations are so low for 2016.

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      • Bob

        Saban took over a disaster. Bama had been on probation. Shula’s last year was a mess, as were most of the years before Saban came to T town. Smart is taking over a program in much better shape. No comparison. I wish Kirby all the luck in the world and I think he will do very well. But please, lets not adjust the bar too low here.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Saban did not inherit a team that won 9 regular season games in 2006. 9 regular season wins in 2016 is not an improvement. You say, “Yeah, but what if we beat UT and UF, that will be an improvement! ” If we substitute those 2 losses for wins that means we will lose to at least 1 of the following, USC, Vandy, Kentucky, Missouri, Auburn, or Tech. The narrative is that those teams were poor trams and the players did not deserve credit for beating them. If our record is no better we will have still likely been 5-3 in the conference and out of contention by November 2016.
        The point of hiring him is to improve the output.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          Gaskill…I get your point, but the team Smart is inheriting has at least as many and possibly more flaws than the team did last year…yes Georgia is not as big a dumpster fire as Bama was when Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa.

          But, I think it is probably unfair to me and you…the hell with Smart, he gets paid anyway…its unfair to us to expect a dramatic improvement record-wise in year one.

          At least at this point.

          There are an infinite number of questions that need to be answered between now and spring practice. And a dozen more questions or so before the team lines up against North Carolina.

          Its a long way to next September. I thought this team was two years away from being really competitive…I am gonna add a year for the culture change. Cause culture change is what we are talking about here.

          Culture does not change easily. And, I might note, Bama was ready, willing and mostly able to do anything Saban wanted, sign any check, allow any control…that was already part of their culture, they were just waiting for the right man to run with it.

          The football culture at Georgia is…ah…slightly different.

          Patience.

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          • GaskillDawg

            Thank you for the reasoned and well thought out response. It is nice to have in the current environment.

            I wonder what additional flaws the 2016 team will have that the 2015 team did not. the QB position will not be worse in 2016 than it was in 2015. The RB depth in game 6 forward was not up to par. We will essentially be adding Chubb coming off of an injury and at least one 4 star freshman replacing an injured Marshall. The offensive line is losing 2 tackles but also has guys being redshirted who have potential to be better. Defensively the DL has more talent and depth, although not as much experience, and the defensive backfield will be better than it was Labor Day weekend 2015.

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