I recognize that the Stetson Bennett Experience sucked all the oxygen out of the room, but for my money, this was the biggest story of the UAB game:
“Well, they gave us the ability to stretch the field. The second part of the game, they played quarters, the same thing that Clemson played. But they bit on the run. They came up to the run, and Jermaine came by the safety that was playing quarters. So it is not a matter of wanting to stretch the field vs not wanting to stretch the field. It is what the defense does. If you do not cover somebody running down the field, you throw it to them. If they do cover them, you have to find somebody else. I don’t think it was about scheme. I thought it was aggressive and that is what we wanted to be.
“We want to be explosive. That is what we talked about all week. To be explosive, you got to be fast…”
Given the quality of the opponent and the injury situation, Georgia could have manballed the fuck out of the Blazers and nobody would have batted an eye. (Rolled an eye might have been a different story.) Indeed, it’s kind of what I expected, especially had Beck been given the start. And it’s clearly what UAB’s defensive coordinator expected. That’s what I loved so much about the first two plays of the game — Monken called a run to start in order to see what UAB was dialing up and then went for the jugular on the very next play because he knew they were committed to stopping the run.
Even better, Kirby never let up, even when he could have.
On his team coming out after a big win and avoiding a letdown by not taking the foot off the gas:
“It was probably the start. I have to watch the tape. I do not know if it was what we did or what they did. They gave us two really big, explosive plays. Some of that has to do with good playcalling, has to do with maybe a mistake by them. I don’t know. We wanted to be explosive and we were. There are a lot of things we can improve on. We got a lot of players who can get better on our team, but our team did start fast today.
“That is what we challenged them to do. Be aggressive and be explosive because we haven’t been. I thought they did a good job with that. At least in the pass game.”
It’s still early and nothing is written in stone, but to my unprofessional eye, it sure seems like Kirby Smart has handed the keys to the offense to Todd Monken and Monken is doing his best to take what opposing defenses are giving him. That’s a pretty big deal.