Worried about this year’s offense needing to carry the defense, at least a little bit? So is Kirby Smart.
“Right now, that’s all people talk about: five first-rounders on defense. That’s an unbelievable stat. That’s great, but what’s overshadowed is we were one of the most explosive teams in college football last year,” Smart told Finebaum. “Now, we won a lot of games by a margin that we didn’t get to continually pound people with explosive plays and numbers, but when you look at passes over 10-12 yards, we were top-5, top-10 in the country. So, nobody even acknowledges that because they’re overshadowed by this really good defense.”
“We’ll have to be even better and even more explosive on offense this year because we probably don’t have five first-rounders on our defense next year. But we’ve got some really explosive offensive players. We’ve got a great offensive staff,” Smart said. “They did some wonderful things as far as being explosive [last season], but we probably didn’t get the fourth-quarter stats that some people had because early in our season we had some runs there where the games were out of hand.”
If nothing else, it sounds like fourth quarters may not as sleepy as they were during the ’21 regular season.