TFW you’re trying to sell 12-1 > 13-0

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So, about that wake up call

“They’ll listen twice as hard now than they would have if we would have won,” Smart said. “I do think that you can get better at this point, and they’ll do nothing but work hard now. We haven’t played the best version of our self, and it’s our job as coaches to get the best version of them out.”

Genius.  If losing to Alabama will make them a better team, maybe they should have lost another game in the regular season, amirite?  Just think how woke they’d be if they’d lost to Georgia Tech!

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48 responses to “TFW you’re trying to sell 12-1 > 13-0

  1. CB

    This is a borderline Butchism

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  2. Ran A

    Yeah, Kirby has gotten better with what to say and how to say it – but not this time.

    All he had to say is the following. ‘We always say that you are a Saturday away from being humbled. Well we got humbled last Saturday. We are just going to get back to work.’ End of statement. Move on and quit talking about it.

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    With respects, what else is he gonna say? Coaches are eternal motivators/manipulators.

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  4. I’m not putting much stock in anything Kirby says right now. From his unwillingness to be open about the QB competition (Kirby, just say SBIV has been the starter because I didn’t want to upset team chemistry – he said that when Eason got healthy IIRC) to his failure to talk about the strategy on defense, he seems to be in full @$$-covering mode over the 48 hours.

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  5. D as in Dawg

    I know I’ll be more motivated and focused for the next game!!

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  6. bcdawg97

    Has Kirby taken ownership yet of that abomination of a game plan? I’m reading a lot about what the players should have done but not really seeing him put any blame on the coaches. Hopefully I’m just missing it.

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    • SoCalDawg

      Yeah. Agree. Not as worried about the players, what if the people “they’ll listen to now twice as hard” are not the ones they should be listening to again?

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  7. Derek

    We played terrible after Auburn in 2017, didn’t we?

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Good point. That’ll be my thinking through the playoff.

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      • bcdawg97

        We have no other choice but to try and be positive. I told my boys that during the 1st half against Bama, we’ll give up some plays and points but that we’ll adjust and to just give us until the 2nd half. I’ll try to take the same approach against Michigan but I did go out and buy some extra pepto. I’ve gone from “confident in wins” back to “cautiously optimistic”, heavy on the cautious.

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  8. Illini84

    What the fuck do you expect him to say? “Like Corch, I give up”?

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  9. Kirby genuinely seems at a loss here. It’s like he’s stunned that running the same defense that Arkansas and MSU and Miami ran that Alabama tore to pieces was torn to pieces again and that Stetson was exposed the first time he couldn’t play with a lead.

    It really is stunning.

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  10. Bring in Coach 30. He has a better handle on it.

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  11. 79dawg

    I’m not sure how anyone can disagree with this statement.
    Constant winning/success is the real “rat poison” for anyone’s motivation to try and accomplish a goal or task… Most highly successful people are at their best when they have, in fact, been told, “you can’t do X”…

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    • bcdawg97

      It’s not that the statement itself is wrong. It’s that it feels tone deaf in relation to what happened on the field and what most coaches do after a loss – take ownership and all the blame.

      As gatriguy said above – why is he shocked at the outcome when you decided the Arky D game plan was the better option than the AU D game plan?

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      • originaluglydawg

        That’s the real question for me. Auburn…AUBURN..for goodness sakes, took Bama into four overtimes with a QB that would make SB look like Joe Montana…and they did it with a defensive scheme that the Georgia coaches somehow dismissed.
        We can only hope that they’ve learned from this….but they should man up and own what happened.

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        • Down Island Way

          We are witnessing the UGA football hc grow up some more before our very eyes, (with relations to undefeated season and then beat down game) do believe it’s very hard to beat the same team twice in the same year, 2017 the barn smoked UGA and the bammers, it’s also crootin’ season, don’t want to scare of future UGA football athletes…

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    • Louie

      The Iron Bowl was the ultimate rat poison dispenser. Alabama got a wake-up call during the game and a big dose of yummy rat poison all week after the game, and the players and coaches responded with a game plan and execution that produced their best game of the year. Georgia got a deadly dose of rat poison from the iron bowl to top off the milder doses they had received continuosly during the past several weeks as number one, and their game plan and execution against Alabama were the worst of the year. Alabama showed how much a talented team can improve in a week, even late in the year, when they plan, practice, and play with focus and urgency. Georgia can do the same but it has to start with the game plan. It would sure help though if Chris Smith and George Pickens can get back to full strength by New Years Eve.

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      • californiadawg

        I got nervous watching that AU/AL game. It was akin to a loss for Bama, and Saban is arguably his most dangerous the week after coming off a loss/poor performance. We also had two cupcakes back to back that didn’t challenge us at all. Not saying this absolves the coaching game plan, but it didn’t help.

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  12. Geezus

    I’m picking up notes of frustration in your posts …

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  13. mddawg

    I don’t think it’s bad. He’s trying to spin a negative into a positive, trying to motivate his team.

    I haven’t listened to his full post-game comments yet, but the little snippet I heard about “getting into a scoring contest” seemed worse than the quote above. Like, when are you not in a scoring contest? Isn’t it always a competition to score more than the other team?

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  14. Salty Dawg

    It sure seems like the Dawgs always crap the bed one time during the season and they sure waited to do it this time.

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    • akascuba

      Bama took a hard one from A&M and played to the level of their opposition the rest of the way until they faced a team they believed could beat them. Georgia allowed all their weaknesses to be exposed by the GOAT.

      Humble pie this Christmas could be what’s needed. One thing is sure they know what needs fixing.

      Losing to Bama again sucks worse every time. Unlike January 2018 the seasons not over. I don’t have to listen to wait till next year.
      Go 2-0 bring home the NC to Athens. The grumps would lose their minds it could make last Saturday seem funny as hell for years to come. Georgia is one of only four teams with a chance to be NC’s. In August I would have jumped on that possibility. I’ll go into Christmas season knowing it’s still possible and that’s enough for now.

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    • 79dawg

      That’s because its easy from the sidelines to ask, “why weren’t they motivated to play?” The reason is, its human nature.
      We call people who are constantly intense, singularly focused and numb to outside influences “sociopaths” for a reason….
      We all have good and bad days at work, school, etc. only when you and I do it, its not in front of a live, national television audience…

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  15. ben

    There was something about Kirby’s halftime interview that made me think he kinda knew this was coming. He didn’t seem angry, and he didn’t seem flustered.

    And then, his postgame with Nick Saban seemed almost cordial (to hear Alabama folks tell it, they hate each other. Or they still hate Kirby).

    I don’t know. Sometimes you know you’re gonna get your ass kicked no matter what you do, and he seemed like he realized that at about halftime.

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    • Kirby played with fire and got a 1st degree burn. If Oklahoma State gets one yard, we’re a whole lot angrier about that performance as we get ready to play in a meaningless bowl game with a ton of opt-outs rather than a 2nd bite at the apple for a national championship.

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    • californiadawg

      Bama fans hate Kirby, but I’ve never heard of animosity between Saban and Smart.

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      • akascuba

        Bamer’s in the heart fear Kirby learns how to beat their old GOAT. Kirby’s the only HC in the SEC playing with the same talent.

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        • I have three good friends who are lifetime Bama fans and I can assure you that none of them are afraid of Kirby vs Saban. They all believed Bama might lose this game, but by next year they would be back on top. After the game, they all were laughing about why they were worried about a Kirby coached team. I know it should make me mad, but after that abomination of a gameplan, I agree with them. I really thought Kirby had learned from his mistakes, but he just has not shown that he’s a big game coach. I just don’t see them beating Michigan. Hope I’m wrong! If they do beat Michigan, what evidence is there to suggest that Saban won’t have every answer in a rematch. He always seems to, particularly against us. It’s now over 40 years of GA fans always being the one’s asking what went wrong. I saw nothing Saturday to suggest that is about to change. Again, hope I’m wrong. Evidence suggests otherwise.

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          • I’ve been chuckling at a lot of folks who keep bringing up 2017 vs. Auburn and beating a team twice in a season is the reason for optimism for a possible rematch. Those are nice stories but have absolutely no bearing on the outcome of UGA vs. UA IF both teams advance in the playoffs. Until Kirby figures out how to beat Saban and actually does it, it will continue to be wash, rinse, repeat.

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  16. mg4life0331

    Can you imagine the ass whipping we gonna dish out of we ever go 0-12?

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  17. charlottedawg

    I’m of the belief that after losing 4 straight to Sabanwith increasing margins each time, except for last weekend (we’re closing the gap!!!) Kirby is out of ideas on how to take down his mentor and is just trying to put on a brave face.

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    • voxdawg

      That would be true if Auburn hadn’t laid out the very roadmap to confounding Bama’s offense just one week prior. Kirby chose to ignore that path through the minefield, and opted to reinvent the wheel instead.

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    • miltondawg

      Maybe. Or maybe he just can’t wrap his head around doing what it takes to take down his mentor. With each passing year, it is becoming more and more apparent that exceptional offense can negate a great defense. Saban must have realized that a few years ago and made adjustments to his program when it was apparent that defense, field position, and ball control couldn’t hold up against overpowering offenses over 60 minutes. Kirby has yet to acknowledge that.

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      • The thing that Kirby seems not to get is that you can have both, but when your last 2 starting QBs that have started for 10+ games are players that weren’t great at coming from behind (although Fromm to a degree proved it was possible), a trend begins to emerge.

        Having a ferocious defense doesn’t mean you can’t have an explosive offense. SBIV isn’t the problem. That he isn’t a great answer for when you have to play from behind is the real problem.

        I keep coming back to it. The defense let the game get away in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. The offense didn’t match scores when given a chance (consecutive 2nd quarter 3 and outs) and then imploded when the game was getting out of hand (pick in the red zone, pick 6, red zone turnover on downs).

        Frankly, we’re lucky we didn’t lose that game by 30 when you think about what happened.

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        • miltondawg

          All very true and I agree. My point was simply that great defense, ball control, field position, etc. won’t win you the biggest games now unless the offense is capable of putting up points in bunches very efficiently. But I agree that having a great defense doesn’t and shouldn’t mean that you can’t also have a great offense. It just means that now if you rely on an either/or stance you will lose some big games. And that is just as much an indictment on teams like OU under Riley that could run up and down the field with the ball but couldn’t seem to get a stop here and there during a game when they needed it most against the stiffest competition. While there is no guarantee that a wide open offense with a quarterback that may or may not even be on Georgia’s current roster would have won the game for Georgia on Saturday the way the defense played in the second and third quarters, you have to believe that it would have given the team a better chance.

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  18. Kirby is from the Saban tree, and Saban loves a little adversity to motivate and improve, so I don’t think he’s being disingenuous. The problem is, are the coaches taking this to heart? They were the ones who showed more room for improvement on Saturday. I do think Kirby has taken many steps forward as a coach during recent seasons, but Saturday’s performance will certainly bring back all the old critiques. And rightfully so.

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    • Every coach thrives on using outside disrespect as a motivator. Kirby is definitely trying to use a negative and channel it to improve his team. The question that has been debated ad nauseum over the last 3 days is whether he really wants to face the facts of what happened on Saturday night and whether he really is willing to take the steps to fix it. He probably doesn’t have to fix anything to win on December 31. I don’t mean that as disrespect toward Michigan, but they are an excellent match-up for us (especially their offense). Is he willing to make the decision that will best prepare us for January 10? That’s the $9+ million question.

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  19. I have three good friends who are lifetime Bama fans and I can assure you that none of them are afraid of Kirby vs Saban. They all believed Bama might lose this game, but by next year they would be back on top. After the game, they all were laughing about why they were worried about a Kirby coached team. I know it should make me mad, but after that abomination of a gameplan, I agree with them. I really thought Kirby had learned from his mistakes, but he just has not shown that he’s a big game coach. I just don’t see them beating Michigan. Hope I’m wrong! If they do beat Michigan, what evidence is there to suggest that Saban won’t have every answer in a rematch. He always seems to, particularly against us. It’s now over 40 years of GA fans always being the one’s asking what went wrong. I saw nothing Saturday to suggest that is about to change. Again, hope I’m wrong. Evidence suggests otherwise.

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