“The first lesson I can take from that is that really good players play really good.”

One of the things I like about Kirby Smart is that he has a functional bullshit detector.  It was good to see him push back on this suggestion:

Kirby Smart’s first full recruiting cycle as Georgia’s head football coach is now complete.

Now, the obvious question.

Can his first full class of Bulldogs signees have an immediate impact similar to Alabama’s first full recruiting class under Nick Saban in 2008, when Smart was beginning an eight-year run as the Crimson Tide defensive coordinator that eventually included four national championships?

“Please don’t,” Smart said at even the hint of a comparison during Wednesday’s signing day news conference.

At this point, it’s exciting, but it’s nothing but untapped potential, or, as Smart put it, “… we don’t really know for sure if we’ve got good players until they get here.”

For that matter, we really don’t know for sure if he’s got good players until they get coached up.  If they get coached up, that is.



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21 responses to ““The first lesson I can take from that is that really good players play really good.”

  1. MGW

    He sure does compare well with Saban when he opens his mouth.


  2. The quincy Carter of accountants

    We need a center for players who cant play good and want to learn to do other stuff goof too?

    It has to be at least twice this big!


  3. DawgPhan

    I dont think that he is going to get much cover from low expectations this season. A lot of ink will be spilled on how good this UGA should be in 2017. All the bullet points are there.


    • U

      Yes..there will be those that will see the good things happening as an opportunity to set CKS up to fail. Patience is going to be out of practice for certain sports “journalists”, the deepest resentors (made that word up) of the CMR dismissal, and the casual fan with the shallow knowledge gained from watching the local news. Human nature sometimes sucks.


  4. Aladawg

    Apparently ugly dawg doesn’t look at the schedule , evaluate returning talent or consider just how weak the east is. This team should easily win the east and making snide comments about what many journalists are saying, along with knowledgeable fans will not get CKS another free pass or another “throwaway season”. He’s in the big boy position now. He needs to produce.


    • Russ

      Yep, time to produce.


    • I won’t get too caught up in wins and losses and championships in 2017, save tha Notre Dame the tech game. He’d better win those two.

      What I want to see is an offense that can find a consistent rhythm and move people off the ball. The rushes for zero yards over and over need to be behind us.


      • 92 grad

        I agree. We should begin to see evidence of how the philosophy within the coaching merges with the kids on the field. No more square pegs, or, maybe at least some holes for the pegs we have…


        • Calidawg

          It’d be nice to score touchdowns with some consistently. Will Cheney finally score more than 40 during a single game next season?


      • DawgPhan

        just not sure how you win those 2 games and show the progress you talk about without winning a bunch of games and playing for the SECC.


        • Biggus Rickus

          Notre Dame and Tech aren’t that good, and someone in the East could be better than expected. That said, I think winning the East is a reachable goal, and anything short will get the burner going under Smart’s seat.


          • DawgPhan

            but not winning the east probably means at least 2 SEC losses and maybe 3. Not sure I could reconcile losing 3 sec games with “we made progress”


        • Whether it’s rational or not, those are must wins. We can’t lose to the bugs in Atlanta for the first time since Donnan was the coach. We’re undefeated there since 1999 and we got screwed big time. The last time we really lost there was in 1989. Kirby would have been in middle school.

          As far as Notre Dame is concerned they won 4 last year and I don’t care if they won 15. You never, ever ever ever ever ever lose to Michigan, Ohio State or Notre fucking Dame. And I’ll be in south bend that day so it’s very important to get the W.

          After all, Lewis, had he lived, would assure us all that there is no damn way in hell the Bulldogs can lose in front of Touchdown Jesus. https://www.google.com/amp/s/grittree.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/lewis-grizzard-wednesday-god-is-a-bulldog/amp/?client=safari


          • Mayor

            UGA has lost to the bugs 2 out of the last 3 times we’ve played them. Face it. Parity with the bugs is here. And if the bugs can find a QB to run their HS offense (and they always seem to) they’ll have a pretty good team next year–one that contends for the ACC Coastal Division. Like it or not it’s the truth.


    • Uglydawg

      Well, I wasn’t really fishin’ but looks like I did get a bite.
      I agree, he needs to produce. Every so often you will lose one like we did to UT, NATS and UF…and almost to Nichols…but that many in one year is horrible. He needs to produce. But he gets more than two years unless he totally flops.


  5. NoAxeToGrind

    Smart gets four years to see what he can do. After all, a former coach got ten years. 9-3, and with a bowl win, ten is what I expect for 2017. 2018 will be the year that makes or breaks.