Deandre Baker, malcontent?

This tweet made the rounds late yesterday.

Color me a little surprised.  Not by the timing — it smacks of the classic pre-draft shit talk about a kid by a team hoping he’d fall lower — but why we’re hearing about it just now.

Keep in mind, the criticism isn’t about skipping the game.  The NFL’s already proven time and time again it doesn’t care about that.  No, the whispers are about Baker setting a poor example with his behavior leading up to the game.  It’s a juicy enough take that there’s no way it could have been kept under wraps after that embarrassing bowl game loss.  Yet no teammate or coach whispered anything about Baker’s attitude then.

Maybe even more surprising is that a Georgia coach would denigrate a star player like that.  There’s no way you’d say something like that outside the program and expect it to be held in confidence.  It’s hard to imagine Smart would want something like that coming back on him in recruiting, which is exactly what you’d expect to happen now with that coming out.  Which makes me wonder about the source.  Is it fair to consider what, say, a former coordinator might mention in that regard?

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UPDATE:  Pushback from a teammate.

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UPDATE #2:  Former beat writer weighs in.

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31 responses to “Deandre Baker, malcontent?

  1. ugafidelis

    It comes out the afternoon before a 2020 star defensive player is set to announce his commitment? I’d say that’s definitely a fair consideration.

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  2. I thought I remember Kirby going out of his way to say Baker had been a big help with the secondary in the immediate bowl prep after Tucker’s departure for Boulder.

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  3. 81Dog

    As the detectives say, cui bono? Who benefits? I think uglydawg is on the right track, but any of the competitors for top recruits could have done it

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  4. GruvenDawg

    This is a different take, but I am really looking forward to the leadership on this years team. I think the 2017 team leadership was special. 2018’s leadership? We continue to see we had some behind the scenes stuff that probably didn’t help.

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    • Jim

      Agree there was some leadership lacking last year

      I thought it was a yuge mistake for Kirby to let Baker and Fields hang around the team once it was determined they weren’t committed to the game (baker) or team (Fields)

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      • Baker had spent 4 years in the program and deserved to be in New Orleans.

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        • GruvenDawg

          Not disagreeing about Baker, Baker is a DGD. I think the uninspired Sugar Bowl was a lack of team leadership. If this team has leadership like 2017 we win it all this year.

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        • Maybe he deserved to be there, but his presence had to make at least a few guys wonder why they should go hard in a game that apparently was not important…at all. Maybe this is why Swift looked like hell because I sure can’t think of any other reason.

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          • Russ

            I have to agree. Hard to tell players to give it their all when one of them has chosen not to.

            And the merit of his decision is a separate debate.

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          • I didn’t like that Baker sat out because he said he was playing to Maria Taylor at the awards show.

            Kirby was between a rock and a hard place on this because if he tells Baker he isn’t welcome in NO, it becomes negative recruiting ammo. If he allows him to attend, you send the message that the game isn’t that important to the players in the game.

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        • Tony Barnfart

          I don’t think he should have been there. I would be distracted as a player….

          I look at it as he is now an alumnus. Reminds me of when I was a junior in high school and the seniors graduated a good 2 weeks before we were done with finals. Nobody questions their bonafides to wear the class ring or school colors, but thank god they were not around in the hallways while we were staring down chemistry exams….seeing their carefree selves at lacrosse practice was difficult enough.

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          • What the fuck are you talking about. He was their teammate THAT SEASON. This is such a reach I’m surprised you didn’t pull your lat muscle.

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            • Tony Barnfart

              Get fired up about it, why don’t you ? If I wanted to be a dick I would say he QUIT the team. Was the Sugar Bowl not also a part of THAT SEASON ? It either is or it isn’t……I don’t know why (1) wishing him well and supporting his very reasonable decision I’d tell my own son to make and (2) also not wanting a distraction for those that are still playing have to be mutually exclusive decisions.

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  5. Bulldog Joe

    Regardless of the gamesmanship, some NFL team is going to get an excellent football player.

    #BUTNOTTHEFALCONS

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  6. Bright Idea

    Even if it’s true I don’t get why it would drop his draft stock more than a selection or two. NFL is used to dealing with headaches.

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  7. Sides

    Fake news. Is the NFL playing a game in Moscow this year?

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  8. Derek

    It’s very likely just bullshit. Someone wants him to fall a few spots so they can take him later in the draft.

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  9. spur21

    McShay & Weiszer trying desperately to remain relevant – tools the both of them.

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  10. Brandon

    You think Chaney and Lex Luthor are behind this? Seems like a typical dirty Vile tactic. May they lose forever. So say we all.

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  11. PanayTheDawg

    The problem is he sat out while black. Nick Bosa, on the other hand, is a class act and sat out admirably.

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