We’ve talked about how no spring practice in 2020 really set back Georgia’s offense, because it delayed Monken’s installation of a new scheme. But if you listen to Kirby Smart, it sounds like COVID caused bigger problems for the team than just that.
… Smart already has been angling for a tighter group after the limitations last year that accompanied the coronavirus outbreak.
“When you’re on a Zoom with somebody, it’s hard to have a connection,” Smart said. “When you’re not allowed to sit within six feet of somebody, it’s hard to have a connection. We had some players that didn’t get to meet and know everybody on the team throughout the season because so much was done through Zoom and different methods of communication, so connection is one of the key ingredients for this team.
“We have been very intentional about it. We’ve given up football time. We’ve given up workout time to spend more time with each other, and that’s beginning to pay off as we see it here in the summer with guys getting in front of the group and leading skill sessions and being very active.”
Kirby discusses other COVID-related management issues in this clip:
He does sound confident about addressing this, doesn’t he?