“It really didn’t matter. We’ve all got a lot of improving to do.”

I suspect this is the part of Saturday’s win that makes Kirby Smart deep down inside the happiest:

“I’ve heard the mantra that it’s never as good as it seems and it’s never as bad as it seems. There’s nowhere that’s more evident than that (game) tape,” Smart said during Georgia’s weekly news conference Monday. “You went to sleep thinking you played well. (Then) you watch the tape and you’re sick to your stomach because there are so many things we did wrong that we need to improve on. The good thing is we get to show the kids that.”

Sick to his stomach!  Welcome to the Process, bitchez.



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12 responses to ““It really didn’t matter. We’ve all got a lot of improving to do.”

  1. Jared S.

    I can dig it.

    I just mentioned to my wife last night how often I’ve already heard Smart say, “I don’t know. I’ll have to wait till I look at the tape.” To me that’s a really good thing. He’s not willing to trust what he sees (or what he’s told) because he knows there’s a whole lot that can be missed by any one coach or group of coaches.

    I’ll be interested to see how much improvement there is between now and Ole Miss.


    • dawgman3000

      Interesting indeed, because Ole Miss is looking like our first loss IMHO


      • Ole Miss looks to be the second or third best team in the conference, and UGA goes there after going to Missouri. But, don’t discount the Bama hangover. This article is from October of last year, but as of its writing, teams were 21-25 the week after they play Alabama since 2008. If I keep repeating it, maybe it will be a thing. Plus, the landsharks have a little less bite this year than last. And Chad Kelly is brilliant/abysmal and you’re not sure which one you’ll get on any given drive. If UGA can shore up the weaknesses than aren’t personnel related against Nicholls St. and Missouri, I like their chances… especially if Chubb, Michel, Holyfield, and Herrien are all ready to go. UGA can pound the rock against a defense that will have been bludgeoned mercilessly the week prior, and maybe get a few picks from Chad Kelly’s Arm of Indeterminable Outcome. Plus, Ole Miss just blew a 22-point lead to a team with no running game, an OL that isn’t that great, and relied entirely on the arm of a freshman QB. UGA at least has a running game.

        But, that’s three games from now. UGA has a lot to improve between now and then. That starts with Nicholls State.


        • Austen

          You kid, right? FSU’s Dalvin Cook is a supreme running back talent, and Francois as a redshirt freshman was ready to roll this year. Once the jitters wore off, he played great. FSU was the preseason #4 team for a reason…

          I fully agree with your thoughts on Ole Miss, though. UGA can run the ball on anyone so long as the passing game continues to evolve a bit. I think it will as Eason plays more, but a defense like Ole Miss’ will also challenge Eason a lot.


          • Generally, a running game is as dependent on the OL as it is the quality of RB. Dalvin Cook is terrific. FSU’s OL wasn’t last night. Cook had 11 carries for 31 yards in the first half. He had 12 for 60 in the second half. When Francois started scrambling for big yards on top of hitting some plays to Cook out of the backfield, things opened up some in the running game, but I feel like FSU’s running game is better on paper than it showed against Ole Miss.


            • Comin' Down The Track

              I feel like Dalvin Cook looked pretty good, but he’d still be battling for 3rd or 4th on our depth chart.


        • Stoopnagle

          You should TM that “Arm of Indeterminable Outcome”.


        • DawgFlan

          Wish I could give you a star for “Chad Kelly’s Arm of Indeterminable Outcome”, that’s great. Dalvin Cook is great, more Michel than Chubb, however. If UGA’s OL is even in the area of FSU’s, the full complement of thunder and lightning from our RB group will be successful. But I am now on board with needing Eason at QB to open up the defense.


  2. Starbreaker

    No surprises here…a lot of youth on the field with new co-ordinators on both sides of the ball and a new HC. Honestly, I am just happy we made it through week 1 with a “W.” Now on to a glorified scrimmage to work out the kinks in a live game. This game definitely was a little rough around the edges, but I left it feeling generally good about the future. One thing that has me worried is that our WRs had trouble getting open, which was a problem last year as well.


    • Uglydawg

      Exactly how I feel. The kool-aide is on hold, but i’m not pouring it out..we’ll see lots of ups and downs this year, but by the end of the year I’m thinking mostly improvement and well founded optimism.


  3. DawgPhan

    Yep. Better to work through the problems @ 1-0 than 0-1.


  4. I really hope Kirby can use the film of wins to show how we can continue to improve rather than film from a loss where we think “what if.” The fact that he was already saying on Saturday night that this game is over and it’s time to prepare for what’s important now is definitely refreshing.

    I’m bought in to what Kirby is selling to his team and to the DawgNation.

    This week needs to be all about generating some balance on offense with the passing game while continuing to show that we will impose our will in the run game. When we play 1-AA teams, they tend to throw a lot of short stuff and try to mix in some read option to control the clock and shorten the game. It will be a good tune-up for our defense to turn up the defensive pressure.