I notice that some of you have posted comments giving Smart something of a pass for the team’s poor effort against Auburn in the sense that it didn’t seem like the same old, same old kind of face plant we used to see with Richt.
In response, all I can say is that I bet if I posted a quote like this three years ago,
The D-line troubles are harder to explain. This is a deep and talented unit, and it was just pushed around. Auburn also isn’t on paper the best offensive line Georgia has faced. (That would be Notre Dame.) Talking to Georgia defensive linemen this week, including John Atkins and David Marshall, they attribute the problems to lack of focus, manifesting itself in not having gap control. [Emphasis added.]
… I suspect some of you same folks would have gone ballistic over it.
Look, notwithstanding last week, Georgia’s had a great season and Smart’s done a lot of good to great things so far. However, for the number one ranked team in the country to face one of its heated rivals and essentially not show up prepared to play — if you watched the game, you don’t really need to hear from the players about lack of focus to know it was true — well, that’s bad coaching, plain and simple. There’s no point in splitting hairs. Crap is crap.
Best thing to do is move on and hope there’s not a repeat.