Growing pains

The difference between being a head coach and a fan blogger:

“Yeah, I never feel that way,” Bulldogs sixth-year coach Kirby Smart said. “I certainly don’t coming off some of the years that we’ve had recently. There were some years there with (Jake) Fromm, Andrew (Thomas), D’Andre Swift and all that crowd where you could say, ‘Well, we feel like we’re ahead. We’ve got a lot of guys who know what to do,’ but we weren’t defensively. We had to go kind of at the defense’s pace.

“I would have said this year if we were perfectly healthy that we would have been ahead offensively than we were defensively, but with some of the injuries, it’s forced some guys up.”

In six preseasons under Smart, I have never sensed that the offense was ahead of the defense.  (Hoping isn’t the same as believing.)  So much for my instincts.

There’s one other interesting quote in that piece.

“I liken what (freshman receiver) Adonai Mitchell has had to do this fall camp and spring to what Jermaine Burton was going through last year,” Smart said. “I thought that (offensive coordinator Todd) Monken made a good decision to throw Jermaine out there and make him go play early — even in the Arkansas game. It was tough, and we went through some growing pains, because he missed some things. He didn’t get some signals and jumped offsides, but it paid off in the end because he got a lot more confidence.

Burton finished the season with 27 catches, three for touchdowns, and averaged almost 15 yards per catch.  If they’re seeing that kind of potential in Mitchell, I can definitely live with it.


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10 responses to “Growing pains

  1. Down Island Way

    In the era of the “opt out”, coaches are faced/forced to push player development faster(should that athlete have potential) those that can will, others get lost in the depth chart or transport out…


  2. Bulldawg Bill

    If they’re gonna be kept,
    They gotta be repped.

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  3. MGW

    I’d be surprised if Burton wasn’t a household name by seasons end.


  4. Got Cowdog

    I have heard very little about the Smith kid that was so fast. What’s the story on him?


  5. Tim B

    Thinking things are not as rosy at wide receiver is a lot of folks thought. Nearly all of the returning players have had surgery in the past year. Think Kirby is managing expectations now that the preseason polls are done.

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    “We had to go kind of at the defense’s pace.”

    Ya gotta feel bad for us because no other team suffers from not having their D or O running like a well-oiled machine on day 1.


  7. acfritze

    From what I saw at G-Day and at the practice on Saturday, Adonai Mitchell is the real deal and they’ll be putting him on the field often.

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