Georgia’s other “gap”

Mark Schlabach’s just asking, peeps.

5. Can Georgia close the gap on Alabama?

The Bulldogs should benefit from a full spring and offseason with offensive coordinator Todd Monken and quarterback JT Daniels, who played well in the final four games of 2020. Georgia is loaded at running back and wide receiver, and it has good depth on the offensive line. Its defense should again be among the best in the FBS. Its schedule is favorable. Is this the year Kirby Smart’s team finally catches the Crimson Tide?

While my head says it’s as good a time as any, my heart says I’ll believe it when I see it.

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37 responses to “Georgia’s other “gap”

  1. RangerRuss

    Yep.

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  2. Absolutely, I’ll believe it when I see it.

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  3. When are you “I demand excellence” or “natty or bust” fans going to throw in the towel on Kirby if he doesn’t deliver your precious national title?

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    • He needs to win the East 3 in a row. Beat the gators no less than 2 of three. Win the SEC once and only lose to Saban in the other 2. Make a good showing in the one or two playoff appearances. Obviously maintain the program momentum and avoid scandals. Natty not required.

      And never, ever lose to tech.

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      • dawgphan34

        You think that will make people happy? We get to year 9 of the Kirby Smart era and there is no national title.

        A trophy case filled with SEC East championships?

        More loses to Saban than SEC Championships?

        It seems like the people that didnt like that type of record from the last guy probably wont love that type of record from Smart.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Clever reply. I agree with your implied point.

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    • dawgphan34

      Seems like the fans that demanded excellence from the previous guy are now just happy the players are having fun and got some orange slices after the game.

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    • TN Dawg

      Never.

      I don’t care if Kirby finishes runner up to Bama, LSU, Florida, Auburn, TAMU and Ole Miss for the next 100 years.

      I don’t care if every SEC program including Vanderbilt and Tennessee win a National Championship, and we always finish 5th, just out of the CFP, but have good recruiting classes, I will always say “Kirby will get one any day now, I ain’t like those Neanderthals that want a title”.

      I’m a Georgia fan, and almost winning it is good enough for me!

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      • bigjohnson1992

        Participation trophy guy.

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      • My only point is that every indicator of the program is better than it was 5+ years ago. When do those who will accept nothing less than a national title get their way? I supported Ray Goff until his team laid down on him and the entire university community Homecoming 1994. I supported Jim Donnan until he let Quincy Carter throw 5 picks in Columbia. I supported Richt until the day he was fired. I’ll support Kirby until the team’s performance doesn’t warrant my support any longer … the lack of a national title isn’t going to be the decider for me.

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  4. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    “While my head says it’s as good a time as any, my heart says I’ll believe it when I see it.”

    I think that is backwards. My heart says ’15-0 from where I sit, Go Dawgs’! My head says, ‘how has that been working for me the last 50 years’?

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  5. Whiskey Dawg

    To quote Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it’s done”.

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  6. Ozam

    When the MNC is the sole measure of success, it ruins the journey. I have always felt like winning the SEC East should be the only goal until accomplished. Then you can proceed a step at a time.

    The end of the 2017 season sucked but it was incredibly rewarding because of all the intervening successes.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      My feelings exactly. The frigging ESPN Invitational faux playoff changed how fans accept a 12 win season and a Sugar Bowl championship. For my first half century of being a fan we called that a great year.

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  7. rincondawg

    People who look for perfection will always be disappointed. Does not exist anywhere that humans are involved. Just a thought!!

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    • Down Island Way

      One can’t expect it from others…unless they expect of them selves first…and whats with the natty bust thing, 34 c’s are good by mine eyes…

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  8. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    Kirby is already there when it comes to personnel. Game day coaching decisions….eh….not as much. Sorry if I hurt anyone’s delicate fee fees by saying that.

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  9. Gaskilldawg

    Ths gap must not be overly wide. UGA has had a halftime lead in every game Smart has coached against Alabama. I know the final score is what counts but the fact that we could take a lead into halftime in every game shows that the difference between us cannot be that broad.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        oh, sure,we have to hold on to those leads in the second halves. That wasn’t my point. My point is that a program good enough to constantly take a lead into halftime is a lot closer to being a team that can beat Alabama than is a team that struggles to ever get a lead is. Is that really debatable?

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  10. MGW

    We should be able to go toe to toe, but it ain’t like Bama’s down.

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  11. Derek

    We had them in 2017. Then the refs fucked us on the punt block, they got lucky as fuck with a pick bouncing off a helmet thus having the game stay close enough for tua to do his thing and then Sanders forgets what cover 2 means.

    Its just a matter of doing what we’ve done in the first halves of the 3 bama games and putting them away. Unless our OL and/DB are a total shit show, we should be fine. Just finish.

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  12. akascuba

    More classic deep dive insight from Swayback. He must work really cheap to find someone to pay him for what he drolls out. When at the AJC he did coach JD serious damage seemingly always just before signing day to get a scoop. Never mind the facts or that he buried his own school. He helped Fulmer and UT get Atlanta recruits with his breaking news. Always to his personal benefit.

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  13. Teacher Martin

    I too will believe it when I see it.

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  14. TN Dawg

    It’s not really personnel at this point.

    If you had taken every Saban player and put them in red and black and taken every Kirby player and sent them to Alabama, the results are the same.

    Saban waxes our ass because he is a better coach, not because there is a talent gap.

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    • You’re comparing a 5-year head coach to the greatest of his era and likely of all-time. Other than the last quarter and a half, the two programs went toe to toe. There was no waxing our @$$ no matter what you think.

      Until his 10th year as a head coach, he wasn’t even Mark Richt.

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    • RangerRuss

      Saban is a better coach? Maybe. He does seem to find a way to pull a W out of his ass against the Dawgs. But I’ve seen no evidence of waxing. They are still Hairy Fuckn Dawgs.

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  15. TripleB

    My thoughts exactly. Talk is cheap.

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  16. biggusrickus

    Georgia’s played Alabama three times under Smart and have lost two heartbreakers and a game where the primary difference was the QB (which they somehow managed to lead at the half). Catching them isn’t really the issue. It’s getting over the hump against them.

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