You don’t ask and they don’t tell.

I thought Kirby Smart said one interesting thing at yesterday’s Pro Day presser.  Evidently there are some things Georgia’s staff doesn’t share about players with the NFL.  Or at least prefers not to.

On whether data and metrics such as GPS numbers are useful and whether those numbers are shared with NFL teams…

“They’re useful for us. We don’t typically share that information out, so unless they’re squeezing it out or something is leaking it, we don’t give that information out. We tend to share information that will only help our players. In some cases, it would help. In some cases, they may be consecutive practices in a row, so we don’t share all that out. It certainly helps us, because it tells us when we need to pick it up and when we need to cut back volume wise.”

I’m not really sure why that’s so hush hush, as Smart makes clear there’s context for how the numbers are generated.  (Not to mention it sounds like sometimes they do release information, albeit reluctantly.)  Anyone know why?


Filed under Georgia Football, The NFL Is Your Friend.

11 responses to “You don’t ask and they don’t tell.

  1. 1buckheaddawg


    I think one reason could be the same way that corporate America can really no longer give references per HR besides that employee worked here…. potential liability for any negative impact if there was any. I know that’s extreme but in today’s world

    Maybe I just am too jaded

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    • Down Island Way

      Should vandy get some GPS info on UGA football, welllll, I don’t have to tell what might happen on the crootin’ trail, scouting reports or even the outcome of games….


      • Harold Miller

        I know. Vandy might find out that the Dawgs are faster, better organized and more talented than they are!!!! Shocker!!


    • Got Cowdog

      I had a guy with sticky fingers on my staff. Obviously I had to let him go, but the doofus put me down as a reference so I got an online form to rate his performance. No comments, just a rating from one to five in various categories. So I gave him a “1” in judgement.
      On the other side of that, I had a tech who was borderline incompetent, but was the nicest, most punctual individual I’ve ever met. He needed to go but I really liked the guy and just didn’t have the heart to cut him loose. Come to find out he applied for a management position in another district so I made a phone call giving him a glowing recommendation. He got the job.
      About three months later I get a text from my counterpart whom I’d passed him off on calling me everything but my Christian name, with threats of considerable retaliation for the damage he’d done to some of their systems and that they were going to have to create a new position for him to get him out of the way and keep their department from mutiny.
      I wonder if this is how Athletic Departments work…

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  2. jwgiglio

    He doesn’t wanna submarine a player who runs a 4.3 on pro days but is slower than that during games and practices. The GPS numbers are far more indicative of a player’s game speed and effort than their 40.

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    • Russ

      That’s how I take it. Sounds like Kirby is trying to protect his players. If they release a slow GPS reading, the team will use that as leverage against the player they’re trying to sign.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    I know college football players give up every ounce of freedom to play for Ole Siwash U, but GPS devices? Wow! Sounds like ankle bracelets.


    • Or maybe watches that also measure heart rate and other vital metrics to keep them safe and informed, but let’s go with the loaded imagery instead.


    • rigger92

      I don’t remember what it’s called but it’s a sophisticated device the players wear on their chest while training and at football practices. It tracks their top speed, how many times they get hit and how hard, and of course the vital signs. It’s a comprehensive system that helps coaches and players gauge safety, positive athletic skills, and keeping them healthy.


  4. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    The way I read Kirby’s comment (“They’re useful for us.”) is that he and his assistants gather information that helps them to know where a player needs to improve, maybe cut back some, and if they are wearing apple watches (which I think it heard here somewhere) all sorts of health data that might indicate a health issue that needs to be reviewed for the kid’s good. If that is true, it might not be legal to give it out under HIPPA rules. The point is that data is valuable, but only in context; raw data is as likely to be misinterpreted as it is to be useful if you don’t know the overall scheme. And he really doesn’t need to tell them the overall scheme.