I sort of hinted at this the other day, but Kirby’s gone right out and said it:
“… Not being able to score touchdowns inside the 2, 3 yard line,” Smart said. “To be honest, it’s no longer a physical thing, it’s a mental thing where you get over it by sometimes changing your demeanor and making sure you’re going to out-physical and out-will your opponent. Early on, we’ve been out-willed.”
It’s to Kirby what Jacksonville was to his predecessors, a black hole mindset. And I’m not sure he’s got any idea how to overcome it, other than continuing to dig.
“When you get in the red area, you’ve got to bully-bully, say you’re running it down their throat,” Smart said. “We should be good at that. Georgia should be good at that, you know what I mean?”
“Bully-bully”? I thought that was a Bud Light punchline.
I assume at some point, they’ll come out of their funk. After all, it wasn’t an issue last year. I just hope the time comes sooner than later. Settling for field goals against the likes of ‘Bama is not conducive to staying with them.