If Kirby’s doggin’ his defense publicly, it’s because he doesn’t want to be accused of blowing smoke after G-Day goes down.
Throughout the spring, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has been adamant that the Bulldogs’ defense has not been up to par. On 680 the Fan’s The Front Row Wednesday, Smart was asked if his message to the media is scripted.
“I don’t rehearse anything,” Smart said. “I would say that I try to tell the truth. I try to be honest, because the same thing that I tell the team at the end of practice, is usually what I tell the media. So if it weren’t consistent, then I would believe what you are saying, that I was spinning a message. That is not really the case. I am a pretty honest guy, forthright in telling the truth.”
Cool. I guess that means we really have grounds for being excited about the offensive line, then.
Smart was then asked if the defense, which returns 10 starters from a group that was tenth in the country in forcing turnovers and 16th in yards allowed and passing yards allowed, is truly not impressing as much as the offense.
“That’s the truth,” Smart said. “We are getting ran through. We are not playing the way we need to. We are not striking blockers, getting off blocks, we are not doing a lot of things right.”
The cause of that, according to Smart, is a combination of three factors.
“It is the offense getting a hat on a hat and blocking the right guys and being physical at the point of attack,” Smart said.