Kirby Smart sounds like a man who’s a bit adrift these days ($$).
And Smart admitted on Tuesday that he’s not sure whether it’s time to de-emphasize havoc rate in favor of a bend-but-don’t-break approach.
“I’m torn between being the aggressor and you’re going to give up the explosive (plays), and fighting for negatives, and the whole havoc rate,” Smart said, then adding the other side of the dilemma: “The guys with havoc rate are going to give up explosives. So you’re trying to find a balance.”
The irony here, as Emerson suggests, is that Smart’s offseason soul searching this go ’round may be on the side of the ball where he’s been the expert.
But more worrisome for Georgia is there is talent on defense. They’re not trotting walk-ons out there, and they’re still struggling. This offseason is going to be critical for Smart, defensive coordinator Dan Lanning and the staff to make needed adjustments. They’ve seen that talent alone won’t do it for a defense.
That’s all why in a perverse way it may have helped Georgia to be knocked down a peg this year, rather than lose again in the SEC championship and be lulled into thinking it’s closer than it is.
I’m not sure that’s the exact lesson Smart took from the SECCG — he did take steps to re-work the offense, after all — but I do expect next spring practice (assuming there is one) is going to be quite interesting.