If I didn’t know any better, I’d say somebody’s trying to make me feel bad about how much I enjoyed last season.
“People ask me every day, ‘Are you guys going back [to the playoff]? Are you guys going back?’ defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter said. “Of course, the answer would be, ‘Yes.’ … We [aren’t] going anywhere, just cleaning some things up in the office and in the shop. We’re going to get this thing clicking on all cylinders.”
But as good as the Dawgs were last season, an SEC championship wasn’t enough. Not when it came in only Smart’s second season. Not when the natty was Georgia’s to have and to hold … until it wasn’t. Not when the Dawgs were playing 70 miles from campus in their home state.
Sweeping the East, crushing Georgia Tech, an SEC title in a game that avenged the only regular season loss, an unforgettable road win at Notre Dame, a Rose Bowl win for the ages… and it wasn’t enough? Pardon me for smiling as I recall all of it.
Try reminding any Georgia fan of this: Alabama in 2017 won its fourth title since 2009. Georgia still hasn’t won one since 1980.
We’ll get ’em next time?
“It’s definitely a lot easier for players than fans,” Reed said. “I feel like fans get too hung up.”
No offense to J.R., but I’m not the guy who said this:
“The ultimate goal is to win the natty, and the SEC Championship doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win the national championship,” Reed said Tuesday morning at the Omni Hotel, moments before attending SEC Football Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame. “So that’s where we are right now.”
I get that there’s a danger to resting on your laurels and Kirby wants to guard against complacency. It’s good that it’s trickled down to the team. I just don’t get the mindset that encourages sucking all the joy out of Georgia’s greatest season in decades. (It’s only fair to note, though, that Reid said that after flashing his SEC championship ring, so I’m not sure he really meant everything the way it came out.)
Also, this is what you get when you raise the college football playoffs über alles.
I guess that’s where I am right now.