Kirby Smart, making lemonade out of lemons

Here’s something Smart told Finebaum yesterday:

“It’s not overcoming as much as it is making the best out of it you can. We’re trying to visit with more staffs, it’s been really unique because professional development is a big part of football so you want to see what other people are doing and visit with other people. I’ve actually found that we’ve had it wrong all along. We were flying to go see USC or we would go visit another program whether it be Miami … and learn football and learn what they’re doing. Well now, we’re able to visit everybody just by way of Zoom. We’ve probably averaged 3-4 NFL teams, a couple colleges per day just going in the afternoons after we do the work that we need to do. That’s been unique for me and I’m able to sit in because I’ve got a laptop, I’ve got a phone, you can be in the 2-3 different Zooms at once kinda watching what’s going on.”

That’s what going stir crazy will do for a guy.  As for what he’s been able to glean from Zooming,

“Well, how do you get more explosive plays? How do you have more tackles for a loss? Some teams lead the country in turnovers, maybe they did it a unique way. Maybe they got a little more out of it than maybe we did. So we’re just trying to get one little bit of knowledge out of somebody… and we share. We did some good things this year so you have to share ideas and you give and take. As long as you’re taking more than you’re giving, you’re usually coming out on the upward end of that. We visited with some scouting departments in the NFL just for criteria. What are they looking for? How do they evaluate? Because the minute you think you’ve got it figured out, you’re probably going to get passed by. So we’re always looking for a little bit of an edge.”

Always be coachin’.


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8 responses to “Kirby Smart, making lemonade out of lemons

  1. J-Dawg

    Kirby’s on it. Trying to stay one step ahead and be forward thinking. He also saved McDoofus thousands on travel expenses.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    How do you improve the head coach’s under pressure decision making?


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Chicken salad out of chicken shit.


  4. Reverend Whitewall

    To the benefit of many but also the detriment of some, I think a LOT of people are finding out they’ve been “doing things the wrong way”. There are some things in the business world that definitely have to be handled in person, but there’s a WHOLE LOT of things that people are learning could have been handled via zoom instead. It may take years and years for the airlines to see a full rebound in business travel.


  5. Paul

    Time to exploit Zoom’s security flaws to find coaching chalk talk.


    • Castleberry

      Why isn’t it hard for me to imagine Kirby simultaneously locked in on four different Zoom calls – all while FaceTiming a recruit?

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  6. Go Dawgs!

    His thoughts on Zoom being a better option than flying out to LA to visit one school reminds me of a thought I had on the recruiting dead period post yesterday: I wonder if these coaching staffs are going to realize that they can do a lot of work remotely and not have to fly all over the state in a helicopter to visit a kid during his chemistry class. I guarantee you that Kirby, Nick, Dabo, and the rest have figured out a lot of ways to do some really advanced recruiting work during this dead period using a lot of technology. Might even save some money in the recruiting budget during a time when there’s suddenly some economic uncertainty in college sports.

    Haha I kid, I kid, the helicopter’s going to be in the air as soon as the all clear sounds.


  7. W Cobb Dawg

    Not sure I’d admit to visiting USC or Miami, unless it was for the weather, beach, or to poach a player like Cager away.

    I suggest he watch the Will Smith movie “Enemy of the State” for some more useful ideas.