To be fair to Kirby Smart, one man’s throwaway season is another man’s working up the learning curve.
Georgia finished the 2016 season 87th in the country in yards per game and 102nd in points per game. On 680 the Fan Tuesday, Bulldogs’ head coach Kirby Smart gave his take on the first season under offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.
“I think it is a combination of a lot of factors,” Smart said. “When you think about a third offense in three years for a group of offensive players. When you think about a quarterback who is a true freshman – straight out of high school walking into what is arguably the best defensive conference in the country. It is not easy to walk in and play quarterback.”
There is definitely something to be said for that as an explanation for Georgia’s 2016 offensive woes. Logic suggests, though, if the staff knows what it’s doing as it goes about its business, that, with coaching continuity for the first time in several seasons and a year under Jacob Eason’s belt, there should be some obvious progress made on that front in 2017. We shall see.