In search of a motivational stone

So, Georgia finds itself in much the same position it did a year ago:  loser of the SECCG, relegated to a Sugar Bowl consolation prize against a resurgent, motivated team from the state of Texas, key players missing the game either voluntarily or otherwise…

You get the picture.  So does Kirby Smart.  The question is, how to get this year’s model cranked up and ready to go?

“We had to change some things up from last year,” Smart said in his meeting with the media upon arrival to the Big Easy. “We’ve been able to do that. Our format of practices has been different. We’ve really preached fast and physical. We’ve had, I guess, 11 sessions that have all been right at an hour and a half. We usually practice for two hours. Because of some depth and different issues, we’ve really had to practice smart and get after it. And we had to do a lot of good on good. So our players have really enjoyed that. And with the competition for all the open spots, it’s been really good to have those.”

Georgia football, The Next Generation.

“I’m looking at this as a one-game season,” Smart added. “It’s a one-game season for us. That’s exactly what it is. And our kids have been driven to say, ‘You know what? We’re going to have an opportunity to send these seniors out the right way and we’re going to have a chance to propel ourselves into next season the right way.'”

Does pride and competition overcome disinterest?  It didn’t last year, but stay tuned.

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38 responses to “In search of a motivational stone

  1. D as in Dawg

    We need a passer and some catchers. I should get paid for my analysis.

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  2. FlyingPeakDawg

    Kirby lights a fire. Fromm throws for 300, we have 2 100 yard receivers, quartet of RB’s rush for combined 200 yards, D is dominant and we win convincingly….

    …9-0.

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  3. Texas Dawg

    The game against Bama last year was easily winnable so I think they moped around for a while after that. They just got their asses handed to them on a platter in the LSU game. Instead of feeling “down” like they did after Bama last year, they are feeling embarrassed this year (coupled with hearing about last years Sugar Bowl debacle). I think they feel they have something to prove. I hope with all the injuries and people sitting out we have the depth/talent to back it up (we’ll see how deep that bench truly is). I don’t think that a lack of motivation will be the problem this year. This year the spirit will be willing, but will the flesh be too weak?

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    • Russ

      Great take. I agree with you on the difference between last year and this year. Injuries and missing players will hurt, but I think the rest of the guys step up and we win solidly. Defense will be strong and I think we will see a few wrinkles on offense.

      Damn, now I want to drive over to N’awlins.

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  4. I’ll admit I have no idea why Herrien isn’t in New Orleans. I’m assuming he mailed it in academically after the SEC championship game. There’s no way he has a draft position (or even as an undrafted free agent) that warrants him sitting out the game voluntarily.

    Tyler Clark seems to be missing as well. Unless he has gotten some draft position that would make him want to sit out, I guess he must have done the same.

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  5. Skeptic Dawg

    I like what I have heard from coaches and players this bowl season. The problem is that our offense is a train wreck this season. The issues that we have seen all season have not magically disappeared. Jake Fromm will not look like Matt Stafford or Aaron Murray in the 14th game of the season. The WR’s and TE’s will not play like Jerry Rice, AJ Green nor Gronk. The Dawgs will look great on defense, only to be left on the field far too long due to offensive shortcomings. Add into the mix a handful of kids not playing and this game has the potential to be ugly.

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Time for Kirby to step up and show he can overcome adversity.

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  7. Bright Idea

    I think we may be overlooking that many of these kids who sit out bowls have taken $$$ from agents to do so. Most any draft eligible UGA player will get at least a free agent shot and the agents know it. If not for the conference tie-in contracts the bowls would die off and the playoff would go to 16 in a heartbeat. $$$ is the only true motivation left.

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  8. I mean, it sounds good. I feel like this game comes down to Fromm, though. Has he found a way to coach himself up to overcome his struggles, coaching and now all the personnel changes?

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  9. Russ

    I’m glad Kirby is addressing it head on instead of pretending it’s not an issue. Time will tell if this approach bears better results, but I like what I hear from him and the players.

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  10. I know what I’m in hope of for 2020. A UGA fan base that faces the fact that for decades UGA has been a good, not great, program and that CKS cares enough and is fully committed enough to see UGA to the top. Despite all the negative nellies that seem to be the vocal Einstein’s.
    How many years did it take for Swinney to get Clemson a shot at NC? 9!
    How many years did it take CKS? 2!
    Please quit making UGA look like a whining bunch of brats!!
    Heaven help them!!!

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    • Greg

      “You get what you get and don’t throw a fit” ??

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    • Illini84

      Tell it.

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    • D as in Dawg

      So we just sit around and be Go Dawgs bots? When we shine, we’ll all be there. When we recruit our highest rated recruit ever, let him go to the playoffs with another team, watch our qb look lost and average, implement and quadruple down on a dying offensive scheme, and get told to move along, there’s nothing to see here, we are going to criticize. Reality Monkeys and Posi Pandas can coexist on the same blog. See. Now you respond with how my analysis is wrong. Or call me names like iDawg. Suit yourself.

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      • Illini84

        Do what you want, I do.

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      • RangerRuss

        I knew negative folks such as you when I was growing up. Picking on little children and aggravating those not inclined to defend themselves. Do you remember crying like a little girl when those kids became men and bitch slapped you?
        But here you are doing the same thing from a safe place on the internet. Be of good cheer. Spring is only 3 months away and you can pull the wings off flies again.

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    • 4th & Kirby

      You sound like a Disney Dawg from the Richt era. Did you make these same excuses for Richt or call for his head? But now that the guy you wanted is here and not making it happen, you’ve gone “Full Disney”.

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  11. practicaldawg

    I see this game as a more refined version of G Day against a quality opponent. I’m only interested in seeing what kind of fire next year’s players come out with in this game. Hope springs eternal, and I’m already looking forward to 2020, which is only days away.

    Go dawgs!!!

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  12. NoAxe

    Don’t anybody hold their breath. I will wait to see what happens. I ain’t betting the farm.

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  13. Illini84

    MOPES!

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  14. Looks like Reed is out. Stuff up the cracks, turn on the gas. . .

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  15. Uglydawg

    Such sad news about the LSU OC’s daughter in law and several other LSU fans perishing in a plane crash on the way to ATL today. Heartbreaking.
    I was going to pull for the Bengal Tigers anyway, but this casts everything in a different light.
    There are things more important than our opinions, huh?
    Prayers for that family.

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