Sure, Kirbs. Whatever you say ($$):
Georgia assistant coaches were making a triumphant walk to the press box elevator Saturday night when one of them, tight ends coach Todd Hartley, couldn’t help but make an observation in the direction of the media.
“Lotta quiet people up here!” he said, repeating it in case the meaning wasn’t clear.
Of course, you can’t control what your assistant coaches say in the immediate aftermath of a big win… oh, wait.
ON UGA BEING STUBBORN WITH THE RUN…
“Oh, you’ve got to. If you don’t run the ball in this league, pass rushers will chew you up. When they see pass every play, they’ll feast. It’s like sharks in the water. They’ll attack you. You’ve got to keep them honest. You’ve got to wear them down. I know y’all don’t believe in it and y’all think it’s boring and y’all hate it and it’s not explosive, I get it, okay. But in this league, you’ve got to have the threat of that in order to sustain. And look, we have not arrived. We have to get better. There are a lot of things we have to work on and we’ve got some really tough teams coming up to play and that’s what I reiterated to our guys.”
ON UGA’S FAN TURNOUT AND ENERGY…
“It shows that Dawg Nation is all in. There were some tough ebbs and flows in that game, their fans got back in it, our fans got back in it. But that’s what it is. It’s a helluva rivalry game. I’m just proud of the support that our fans provided for us, even if they did think Jake couldn’t throw the ball.”
Look, I’m not gonna crack down on Smart for taking a victory lap. It was a big win in a big game and he had his team ready to play. But I will say this: if it took scrutiny from the media and the fans to motivate the offensive brain trust to cobble together its best game plan and play calling of the season, then I hope Kirby feels the need to keep pushing back against the outside noise.
Give yourselves a pat on the back, peeps. As far as I’m concerned, you’ve earned it.