The most remarkable thing about Smart’s post-practice presser yesterday is how unremarkable it was.
Pretty much everything he said there could have been said a week or two weeks ago. With the same delivery. From that alone, you’d never know his first game as a head coach is coming up in a week.
Yeah, I think he’s doing a little soft selling there. No doubt they’re still knee-deep in player evaluation — it’s a first-time staff with a bunch of players signed by others, after all — but I’m skeptical they’ve been that casual about game planning for North Carolina.
Oh, and speaking of game planning, for those of you who think there’s some strategic reason to keep Gene Chizik guessing about who Georgia’s starting quarterback will be, Kirby shot that down.
Subterfuge could always be a reason for not announcing a starter. North Carolina would have plenty of film on Lambert, but much less on the other two. But Smart seemed to downplay that as a strategy, as none are dual-threat quarterbacks.
“I don’t know if that’s a big deal or not,” Smart said. “I think it’s different when you have truly distinct quarterbacks to get ready for.”
So much for that theory.
What I do think you can say is that the man does an excellent job of not showing his cards.