Kirby Smart’s least favorite down

Hello, third down.

The point here, again, isn’t to shit on Stetson Bennett.  It’s to illustrate that Stetson’s head coach needs to figure out what sort of games Georgia will be in against Michigan and Alabama.  If the formula that worked in the first twelve — stifling defense, efficient offense that avoids third down situations — is back, Bennett is good enough to take you to the promised land.  But if it’s not?



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17 responses to “Kirby Smart’s least favorite down

  1. chicagodawgfan

    Spoiler Alert: It’s not

    Liked by 6 people

    • chicagodawgfan

      I bet if you included the 2020 stats for both QBs, the disparity would be even larger.

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    • benco04

      It’s almost as if our best WR, fastest WR, and starting QB all had the injury bug this year. And our line was green. And we had an elite and healthy defense.

      Remember that time Monty Rice couldn’t cover a wheel route and everyone blamed it on the QB?

      You can hear the Bama fans calling for Golding’s head this week right? No?

      Dispensing with the sarcasm…winning (and losing) has a way of making issues seem smaller (or bigger) than they are. Alabama has issues too that aren’t suddenly gone because they won. And all the missing pieces of our offense aren’t suddenly moot because Bennett threw a pick into robber coverage.


  2. Granthams Replacement

    Reinforcing Stetson is not effective enough at passing when everyone in the stadium knows he going to pass.

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    I’m not gonna rag Kirby and I’m not gonna rag Stetson, but I’m tired of being the Chicago Cubs of college football. Why us? It’s way past time to get rid of The Curse of Herschel.

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  4. D as in Dawg

    I sometimes think Kirby found the Bobby Cox memoir, “When to Put in the Reliever and Why The Answer is Always.” Forward by Rafael Soriano.

    Liked by 5 people

  5. David K

    Another thing is Kirby let this season play out doing everything he could to make life easier on his defense. That means running much fewer plays than normal, slowing down the game and dragging out the clock. The fact that Stetson was only asked to complete a pass on 3rd down 5-6 times a game is crazy. I’d trade some of those long drives in the 4th quarter running the ball every play and preserving a shutout for our quarterbacks to get a hell of a lot more game reps.

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  6. dawgman3000

    It’s not rocket science folks. The running game has to work for Stetson to be effective. With a healthy JT, the opposing defense has to pick their poison.

    IMO, it’s water under the bridge. I don’t think JT plays another down as a Dawg. This is bigger than JT vs Stetson. This is a Kirby Smart conservative approach to offense problem. I wouldn’t be surprised by an mass exodus from some of the wideouts after the season.

    If I’m a big time wide receiver, why would I consider UGA when I’m not sure the coaching staff will play the QB capable of getting me the ball consistently and effectively?

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    • David K

      Yep, if you’re an elite 5 star talented recruit the argument against going to Georgia is a no brainer. You’re going to be asked to block most of the time and you won’t get many balls your way. Plus at most schools they have 2-3 receivers who get 90% of the balls. Even if you’re a stud a Georgia, you’re going to share snaps and completions with 8 other guys evenly. Honestly it’s the same lately with our running backs. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Kendall Milton move on from UGA this offseason.

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  7. Whiskey Dawg

    All I’m going to say is I think Daniels should have been given the opportunity to change the offensive momentum. We have two different types of quarterbacks which are both good. Why can’t we use that to our advantage?

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  8. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Playing Stetson Bennett when you face a team
    with an elite QB / offense is the same as giving up. Kirby Smart remains the only person on this planet who still thinks you can win by playing not to lose. So of course he’s our coach. Of course he is.

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  9. mg4life0331

    A pedestrian offense asked to get a first down in two downs not three.



  10. signaldawg

    Like I’ve said before, you don’t lose anything by playing JT now. I get why Kirby stuck with Bennett; he really didn’t do anything to lose the job, and he was efficient (except on 3rd downs). But all the momentum he had is gone after Saturday in my opinion. Unless there is something else going on or he’s just been awful in practice, JT is going to be at least as good as Bennett with a chance to be better.

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  11. whybotherdude

    Play Stetson on downs 1 and 2 then rotate in Daniels for third down. Problem solved. Kirby gets what he wants and the fans get what they want.

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  12. CB

    RR note. Forgot to include JT’s garbage time drives against Mizzou. Wouldn’t change much either way. He also threw a pick against SC that I didn’t tick him for.