“… and he just said ‘Finally!'”

Just listen to the first couple of minutes of the clip to hear Rece Davis say that he was weighing a tribute to Larry Munson on the receiving stand after the national championship game, only to hear Kirby do it instead.

Classic.

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32 responses to ““… and he just said ‘Finally!'”

  1. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    I hear McFadden & Whitehead backup singers rolling with…”ain’t no stopping us now, we’re on the move!”

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  2. Rece may be an Alabama guy, but there’s no one in the media now who loves the sport more than him.

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  3. Salty Dawg

    Kirby knows and he gets it.

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  4. olddawg22

    Good clip! Reece’s comments later about collage football making a big mistake if they expand the playoffs by playing more games in January is spot on!

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

    That’s pretty cool. 😊

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  6. atticus34

    Here’s my only issue with how the QBs have been managed–actually 3 questions. And keep in mind I really don’t care anymore because we won a national championship. But the question is if these coaches know so much football (and they do) and know so much more about the fans (and they do) why did JT win the job three different times over Stetson and lose it due to injury? The 2nd is if Stetson got so much better under Monken in his 2nd year, how do we know JT wouldn’t have been the same because afterall, he did win the job in the spring and fall. What did the coaches see? The 3rd is when watching these games and Monken’s offense (which dramatically changed in the CFP when we ran the ball and opened up play action), what throws did we see Stetson make that JT wouldn’t have made or could he possibly made others even more effective?

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    • originaluglydawg

      That’s just fucked up.

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      • atticus34

        Nice,
        very cogent answers

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        • 123 Fake St

          During the season, I had similar questions. My advice to you now that the Natty is in the barn. Just enjoy these times. In my opinion, Stetson has earned the right to ride off into the sunset next year.
          Our coaches biggest challenge is keeping Stockton and Vandagriff on campus for 2023. Oh -and signing Arch Manning will temper that big time.

          Go Dawgs. 2021 National Champions!

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        • originaluglydawg

          Apologies. I’m just flabbergasted that people would be asking these questions after SB had a great playoff game against Michigan and then Bama for the NC. Could JT have done it? Probably not. But that’s absolutely moot in light of the ways things have played out. Alabama would likely have sacked JT up like ten dollars worth of groceries six or seven times had he played. It’s a mobility and brass balls thing. Stetson has both and JT doesn’t have at least one.

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          • atticus34

            Thank you. I agree, its more of curiosity than anything. We won. You are right who cares?

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            • Some folks can’t get comfortable that “intangibles” is a real quality. Kirby is paid a ton of money to know it and identify it. Relax in the belief that your answers are that Stetson had better intangibles, and holds two Bowl MVP and one NC trophy to prove it.

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    • jcdawg83

      JT would have been sacked so many times all season due to his inability to scramble and the team would have had zero running threat from the qb position if JT had played that I don’t think we would have made it to the championship game. JT could have made every throw Stetson made from the pocket, that is certain. However, JT could not have made many of the throws Stetson made while scrambling and wouldn’t have had 5% of the rushing yards Stetson gained.

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    • godawgs1701

      First off, if you’re going to say that JT beat out Stetson three times for the job then you can’t also say that JT only lost it due to injury – after all, Stetson got hurt against Florida last year and you can make an argument that he lost the job because he was hurt, too. I don’t know why JT Daniels failed to beat out Stetson Bennett this year, I just know that HE DID. And I also know that JT Daniels doesn’t believe that he can beat out Stetson Bennett next year, or he’d be staying. I 100 percent do not believe that Kirby Smart will hand anyone a job at any position and tell them they don’t have to compete for it. Stetson is going to have to beat guys out next year. JT didn’t think he could do it. That says a lot to me.

      What throws did we see Stetson make that JT couldn’t? I don’t know that we saw any at all to be honest with you. I do know that JT Daniels threw a lot of balls in his four games last year where receivers had to slow down or stop to catch, same as Stetson. I do know that JT is a statue and that Stetson saved a lot of plays and drives this year with athleticism that JT does not possess. I do know that Stetson possesses a moxie where he walks in and believes that he can beat out any quarterback in the room, and JT does not.

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      • ciddawg

        Preach…
        “Those guys (five-stars) are going to get every opportunity to fail before a walk-on gets an opportunity to succeed.
        -Stetson “BA in my Book” Bennet
        Now if the Hateful Minority will shut up and
        the Grateful Majority will Stand Up
        maybe we can get these shit stirrers milking click bait “content”
        Mike Griffith, Uncle Lou, etc…to STFU…

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    • Your premise is false. JT didn’t beat Stetson for the job three different times.

      In 2019, Stet was the backup.
      In 2020, Stet was the backup, then got hurt, then replaced by JT after AL. A lot of folks don’t give Stet the grace of “he was probably still hurt against AL”.. which he likely was.
      In 2021, JT won the job and Beck won the backup position, but when the chips fell, they did NOT give Beck a start. Instead, Stet got the start and all he did was come in and have a record-setting type of day. People will pull the “it was UAB – anybody could have done it”… well, we play bullshit teams every year, and few have, so miss me with that trash.

      Stetson HAS gotten better in his second year. He reads more of the field, is better at anticipating defender movements (but can still be fooled… ps – so can Matt Stafford, so can Aaron Rodgers), moves to create space, etc. your question is foolish, though. “How do we know JT wouldn’t have been the same?” We don’t, and we can’t. What we do know, is he wasn’t good enough, with all his tools, to beat Stet out in-season… even AFTER the disaster that was the SECCG.

      Your final question is again based on a false premise, and asks a question no one has suggested as a factor. Monken’s offense didn’t change in the CFP to run and open the play action. That’s what we did ALL SEASON. It changed in the way that we threw a halfback pass on one down… but we were what we were – a Run/Play Action team operating often out of 12 and 13 personnel, taking occasional shots. No one has suggested Stet has made throws JT couldn’t. But he definitely made throws that Couch Coaches didn’t believe he could (I made a YT compilation of 6.5 minutes of them). The other thing is, he got passes off that JT likely wouldn’t have gotten off. JT’s sack/failure rate under pressure is worse than Stetson’s, and explains very well why you would want the shiftier guy facing those pass rushers in post season play.

      What most people seem to ignore in this whole thing is, until mid-season 2021, Stetson has never been prepared as if he’s THE guy. The guys in front of him have always gotten the most reps with the best line, the best receivers, etc. That’s likely why he never formed the same connection w Burton as did JT. In the season, when Stet was able to get an even rep count, or even a HIGHER rep count with the 1s, he was hard to beat.

      News Flash – it will be VERY hard to unseat him, even for the talented 5* kids still on the roster. He has seen more. He understands more. He has what, 1500, 2000 snaps against live defenses? Gunner has 0. Brock may have a few. Beck has the most of the other guys, and his have been underwhelming. Perhaps he’s learned and grown..
      But that’s hard to do from 3rd string.

      As for QB management, it’s fairly clear that the plan in 2021 was for JT to start, Beck to get reps and develop as a backup, and for Stet to be there in case of emergency. Emergency happened. Beck wasn’t ready. Winning was more important than developing a kid or saving a kid’s feelings. Stet won the job, and never relinquished it.

      Too many people seem to consider Stet some kind of pity story or favoritism one. He beat out the 4* kid for the Start against UAB, and he beat out the 5* kid to hold onto his job after losing what was at the time the biggest game of his career. He answered with 2 straight MVP Performances and a Natty. That’s the story, and it’s galldarn beautiful.

      If those answers don’t suffice, ya gotta learn to be comfortable in your ignorance, because as long as Kirby is coach at UGA, detailed info regarding those kinds of moves are under lock and key. Probably best to think “hmm…isn’t that odd?”, have a coke and a smile, and enjoy the entertainment that is UGA Football.

      Go Dawgs.

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      • Ole Dokes

        Well said Ben.

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      • Texas Dawg

        I still think that Beck did not endear himself to the coaches when when he threw the pick six and did not show any effort to go after him. Stetson is going to give you everything he has every snap. It appeared that the team believed in him. That’s what matters, not a what a bunch of arm chair coaches believe.

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  7. ugafidelis

    For the Justin Fields camp, one thing I took note of in the video was Rece’s reference to ’19 LSU and ’10 Auburn who built their teams around a transcendent player’ and how quickly they fell off the cliff afterwards. For all the Fromm/Fields, and “I didn’t do sh*t but hand the ball off” talk, I’m glad that CKS stuck to his plan of building his team instead of modifying his plan for Fields.

    I can remember during that ’18 recruiting cycle when we were pressing so hard for Salyer, he made a comment that Fields had told him, “I want you to block for me.” At the time it was all exciting, but looking back I think Fields expected CKS to build the team around him and when it didn’t happen, he left. Salyer kept his head down and stuck around, and now one of them has that ring and the other one doesn’t, and both of them are going to be in the NFL. I don’t mean that as a knock on Fields, because there seems to be no bad blood between him and Kirby. I just think that at this level you’re dealing with a bunch of big personalities and it’s up to everyone to make their decisions how they see fit, and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.

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    • godawgs1701

      Justin Fields did what was right for Justin Fields and Kirby did what was right for Georgia. I consider the matter closed at this point. Dawgs are on top and Justin is in the NFL where he wanted to be. Everyone is happy.

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      • jcdawg83

        Justin’s daddy could not accept that Kirby wasn’t going to reorganize the team around Justin like every other coach had done from middle school on and he got his lip poked out about it. Stories out of Athens said Justin wanted to stay but Daddy ran the show and Ohio State agreed to design their offense around Justin.

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        • godawgs1701

          That’s fine, too. Justin’s dad has a son in the NFL in that case and the Dawgs are on top. I don’t really care.

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  8. jcdawg83

    I don’t think Rece realized that when Kirby said “Finally!” he wasn’t talking only about himself winning a NC as coach but as Kirby being a Georgia fan waiting on a NC for 41 years like the rest of us.

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  9. originaluglydawg

    BTW…Did Kirby ever get the Gator Aid shower he dodged after the Michigan win?

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    • RangerRuss

      I never saw Kirby get doused and I’m good with that. Gatorade is a gateway substance that leads to the harder stuff. Next thing you know he’s on the mayonnaise.
      Just say no.

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      • Texas Dawg

        I hope to god we never have a bad enough season again to test your theory. I love Duke’s mayo on my sandwich, but I’m quite sure I don’t want it poured over my head.

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  10. classiccitycanine

    That was nicely done and I thought Rece had a lot of reasonable things to say. You get such shallow thinking on the national shows, so it’s nice to see that Rece has interesting thoughts, historic perspective without being a pearl clutcher, and obviously loves the game.

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  11. practicaldawg

    The entire interview is really good. Thanks for posting. Rece Davis is one of the few levelheaded people on ESPN’s payroll.

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  12. Joe Grammer

    How did R Davis and Kirby both misquote Munson? “Man is there gonna be some property destroyed tonight!”

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