While on ESPN’s Championship Drive podcast, Kirby Smart had a few things to say about his new team’s mindset that weren’t exactly flattering.
“I don’t think our players realize how hard they have to work to be great,” Smart said. “I think pushing them to do that and pushing them harder and making them realize they can do more is a big part of our job as coaches. They’ve got to understand they can work harder than they’re currently working and they can take more reps and they can do the reps the right way at a high rate.
“Obviously, we’ve got to improve the overall talent level and depth, but more important than that, it’s gonna be whether or not these guys push through the ceiling and go through what they think they can and take the roof off it and go work a little bit harder. We start up June 1 with our entire team. It’s important to have good summer workouts and meet the demands of the program.”
So much to wonder about in those two paragraphs. I sure would love for someone to ask Rocker and Sherrer to compare and contrast the approach of the coaching staffs in 2016 and 2015, except Smart doesn’t allow the assistant coaches to speak with the media. Maybe some of the players will be asked about it at SEC Media Days, but I doubt they’d say much in response. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what shows up on the field to get any idea.