Siri, what does “in flux” mean?

Soooooo… what are we to make of the offensive line with a week to go in spring practice?  Here’s what Smart had to say in general after yesterday’s scrimmage:

On the flexibility and depth of the offensive line…
“Hard to measure as a whole in the spring. I would reserve judgment on the day until I see it. There was some pressure inside and I don’t know if there were guys getting beat or guys making mistakes. I don’t know which one it was. There were a couple of times where it was a tough call on if it was a sack. We’re obviously not live and we’re trying to judge that in-game speed. The depth I hope is there. Traditionally we’ve had really good depth on the offensive lines. I can’t say that it’s any better or worse. We got who we got and I think we got one more young man coming in terms of offensive line in the fall. The beauty is that we got guys out there that are getting better and competing each day. We’ll see where we are. We certainly have not arrived or where we need to be”

And here’s a specific about the critical left tackle position:

“Left tackle—Truss has played there the most and has worked there the most. He’s continuing to work. He’s gotten better. With him so much of it is communication, demeanor, body language, fight and he’s improved in all of those areas. Very pleased with where he’s headed and what he’s doing. The competition is there. We’ve got guys competing. Jamaree’s taking reps there. So have Broderick (Jones) and (Amarius) Mims. Those guys will battle. Broderick and Mims are both working right and left. But that’s a spot again that’s always going to be open. Truss is getting most of the reps there until we figure out who the best five are.”

Yeesh.  I’m sure some of that is nothing but coachspeak, but some of that appears to be a genuine befuddlement about where the starting five is coming from.  I hope “We got who we got” is an affirmation of weeding through boat loads of recruiting talent as opposed to a more mundane “deal with it, folks”.

Needless to say, this should make for an interesting G-Day topic.

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26 responses to “Siri, what does “in flux” mean?

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Shorter Kirby Smart: Ain’t there yet, work in progress.
    That sound about right?

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    • I guess what I find somewhat unnerving is that I can’t identify a single position where I know who the starter will be. Sure, I know Salyer will be out there somewhere, but will it be guard or tackle? Beats me.

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      • Hogbody Spradlin

        I can see that, but at least he’s working with better Jimmies and Joes than Richt was.

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      • Munsoning

        Yeah, this is a little weird. What I hope I hear Kirby saying is: Truss and McClendon are the tackles for now, but Jones and Mims are the future. How soon the future arrives is up to them, SS, and Matt Luke. The Dawgs’ OL room is stuffed with 5-stars. That position group should be a strength of the team come fall. Yeah, Clemmy’s DL will be really good in ’21, and I’m sure Bama’s will be, too. But the Dawgs have no excuses. By November/December the starting 5 should be: Jones/Mims and McClendon at tackle, Salyer and Shaffer at guard, and SVP at center. Ratledge and Willock will get lots of snaps at guard, and Ericson will be the utility player. Just my 2–or probably more like 1–¢.

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  2. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    We got who we got does sound an awful lot like “it is what it is,” an expression often used by those who are disappointed in something but knowing they can’t do a damn thing about it.

    The best part about Spring Practice is that it ends and there’s an entire summer up to Fall Practice for individual players to work on their own weaknesses. Hopefully someone steps up during that time and makes the necessary improvement.

    It is what it is.

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    • Bulldawg Bill

      “ I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant”

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  3. I take it as those guys they are blocking are pretty damn good.

    The best defensive line this group will face in the regular season may be the guys they practice against every day. Yes, this group may be more talented and deeper than the Greater Anderson Cow College’s line.

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  4. Greg

    Obviously not there, but I hope Truss has improved. But feel more comfortable with Salyer at left starting the Clemson game.

    Hopes Jones can add more weight in the summer months. He may eventually work in there as a starter.

    Still early, things will more than likely change…..trust they will have the best starting 5 out there on opening day.

    A lot of talent on the OL, good problem to have.

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  5. Anon

    If we can’t find 5 after recruiting the way we have at OL then I don’t know what the answer is? Coaching? Weight Room? Inner Mean Streaks can’t be underestimated when you are playing OL at a high level.

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  6. Granthams Replacement

    This group of OL is trying to block some real BMFers on the DL. They are replacing 2 guys that are going to be drafted soon. I suspect there are 8-10 OL that can play, it’s a matter of sorting out the best fits for the whole unit.

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  7. Russ

    I still believe we have the OL talent. I hope we settle on a lineup early on so they can gel as a squad. Juggling the lineup makes me nervous and could be a waste. Don’t let better be the enemy of good enough.

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  8. Jesus, Kirby. I’m gonna try to avoid OL talk until week 1.

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  9. spur21

    Relax folks – Kirby and company are trying to keep all the guys motivated and they surely know what they have as far as potential starters.

    Why would Kirby announce the starters for next year half way through spring practice?

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    • How many springs under Smart have we been unable to determine a clear starter at any position on the o-line?

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      • spur21

        I can’t remember a time when we had this many options of top talent. My point is why make a distinction at this time which would likely discourage everyone not mentioned. This way they all have the belief they have a shot at starting. Seems “smart” to me.

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  10. Pretty obvious that we have some busts at OL.

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  11. David D

    As long as “in flux” doesn’t become “re flux,” I’m good with it.

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  12. Tim B

    If every position is open, everyone has hope and nobody transfers. Seems like every year one of the starters is on the bench for good by the second game. Last year wasn’t Codon the starting RT. McClendon took that spot pretty quickly. Codon isn’t even in the discussion now. Will be the same for one or two of the names that are currently out there. Plus, if practice is often 1’s vs 2’s the second teamers get to rep against better competition. Lot’s of reasons to keep things in limbo there for a while longer.

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