Judging from the continuing comments about increased situational work in spring practice, it’s area of major emphasis for Smart now.
Georgia begins every team meeting this spring with a different situation. Smart talked to NFL coaches this offseason, which he says deal with tight games even more than Georgia did.
“Every single day, except the first practice, we had end-of-game situation at practice.,” Smart said. “I think it makes Jacob (Eason) a lot better. It makes Jake Fromm a lot better. And defensively, it’s been great. We even had a situation the other day where we were gonna clock the ball, We had a first down and we went to spike the ball and the guy jumped offsides. At the end of game, we had a 10-second runoff.”
This, quite frankly, is what you want to hear from someone coming off his first year as a head coach with a few rough game management moments. Repetition and familiarity lead to improvement, hopefully.
It’s no different than what we wanted to see out of Richt early on in his career, too. The problem there was that he’d seem to fix one problem, only to let another one develop. The trick isn’t just learning from your mistakes; it’s making sure that you avoid a one step forward, one step back management style. Kirby is big on focus, so maybe he can dodge the trap that eventually brought down his predecessor.