Relax. I’m not going to give you one of those despairing existential posts it seems like I crank every other season or so. Not because yesterday wasn’t a failure of epic proportion — it sure as hell was, on a number of levels — but because it’s too early to know what the context of the beat down turns out to be.
Maybe it’s a one-off, or maybe it’s an indication, just like the 2015 Alabama game, that this program isn’t capable of playing on the big stage in a consistent manner. At this moment, I don’t know which is true, and none of you do, either.
Right now, I’m with Smart on this. He delivered the perfect epitaph for yesterday’s disaster when he said, “This team will be defined by how they respond, not by what they did [Saturday].”
That’s exactly right. Either the players and coaches get their collective heads together, regroup and finish out the last three games of the regular season (yes, they’re still going to Atlanta to play for a conference title) playing at the high level we think they’re capable of showing, or they stumble their way through the Kentucky and Tech games and take another ass-whipping from a team from Alabama.
While I don’t know which of those two is in Georgia’s future, one thing I can say for sure is that Kirby’s mission has gotten much simpler. He’s not thinking about the playoffs or the polls, or worrying about whether his players are thinking about them. He’s consumed with finding the reset button.
As Mike Tyson once famously said, “Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.” The Dawgs got punched in the mouth by one of their bitter rivals. It turned out there was no plan last night after that happened. We’ll see if that’s the case for the rest of the season soon enough.