ATHENS – Kirby Smart says the problem is getting back to work this week, but surely the Georgia head coach knows it will take more than that after his show falls out of the Top 10 for the first time since five 2016.
Smart, the coach famous for the saying “if it doesn’t break, find ways to make it better,” must also know that when it breaks, sometimes it needs more than repair.
It needs replacement.
That’s the case for the midfielder, with the Missouri afternoon on deck for the Bulldogs ranked 12th.
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The 2020 season is unlike any before it, with training and training schedules upside down.
Smart says best is when he says that the best adaptive program will prevail.
Georgia, with all its talent and buying levels in Smart that opened the season, appears poised for a championship right after the October 17 halftime break in Alabama.
Bulldogs, their elite defense intact and strong, George Pickens still lined up on the line, leading Tide, 24-20 to 30 minutes.
Think about it: Less than a month ago, the UGA was leading the nation’s No. 1 team on the mid-half lane.
But then the Alabama defense adjusted and blocked the Georgia attack for the last 30 minutes.
Other defenders followed suit, bringing more defenders closer to their defense, challenging the UGA to hit them deeply with QB Stetson Bennett.
Bennett has six interceptions and three clearances in the last three games, only 32 out of 69 passes (46 percent).
Smart wanted an effective strike and not overturned, and that’s how Bennett faced Arkansas and most parts of the game Auburn and Tennessee.
But things have changed in Alabama with three interceptions and seven balls intercepted or capsized.
Two more interceptions and another messy one in Kentucky, and then a loss in Florida, where there was another interception than the one on balance at Gators’ 35 yard line.
The good, the bad, the ugly
Meanwhile, the defense is facing trauma, affected by a tense schedule that has been tough since it was released.
More info: Senior captain Richard LeCounte is injured in a motorcycle crash Halloween Night leaving him sidelined. And now that there are questions about Pickens’ future, the star is getting frustrated by not being able to get football on a limited range.
The good news is attack coordinator guru Todd Monken has earned his salary in Florida, breathing life into crime by stealing 14 points in the opening two series.
Tight 3 finishes, 2-defender roster and shift were pulled out of his trick pocket in the opening match, and Monken followed up with a well-written, 6, 61-drive match. , making it 14-0.
But then Bennett got hit on his shoulder throw and his arm weakened and even less accurate.
Smart failed at her own advice: Georgia didn’t adapt.
Instead, Smart said, Bennett wanted to continue playing and Smart had signed it until the team fell behind by 20 points in the third quarter.
It is a decision that shows how much confidence Smart has in Bennett amid circumstances offer the opportunity for change.
Personnel and Personal Decisions
This is when one wonders: Is it not so good when Smart says that he has become closer to this team than any other team because recruitment restrictions have given him plenty of time space next to the players?
The Kirby Smart that Georgia fans have known for the first four seasons is a thorough, deliberate and sometimes even cold-hearted decision maker.
Intelligence isn’t all about warm fluff – he talks about fire and high standards on the sidelines, and hugs and celebrations are reserved for post-match victories.
Georgia can get back the Kirby “wants to eat!” The person who said “What about them ‘Dawgs’ who are so great with the national camera peeping in a press conference after the game?
This does not mean that Smart is soft. That’s not his DNA.
But it is also reasonable to assume that perhaps the closer relationship that Smart formed with players had influenced decisions about personnel.
Stetson Bennett is an underage South Georgia boy that not many people have heard or approached before he arrived in Athens.
Will Smart, subconsciously, see some of his images in Bennett?
Smart hired Monken to launch an attack on Georgia with Air Raid principles. Monken has done just that, even when the results are not on par with programs running similar schemas.
The problem is that the attackers, like any other game, need a midfielder capable of producing deep throws.
D’Wan Mathis can do deep throws, but he’s still working on the consistency of precision and touch throws required at intermodal levels.
Four Heroes Cup
USC transfer JT Daniels ready answer?
Smart and Monken had a full USC movie season to watch the former 5-star defender in action before they awarded him a scholarship and the chance to compete.
This decision played a key role in the transfer of Wake Forest’s graduate school from which Jamie Newman left. Why bring Daniels back if things are going well for Newman?
Because they didn’t fit, Newman didn’t fit into the plan, and it became clear enough for him after a scenario where he left.
The first time Smart called for Daniels to play, he was wearing a heavy knee brace and wasn’t reaching full speed in those fall games.
Smart said Saturday night, Daniels had a “representative ton” last season, alongside Mathis.
But once Daniels was out of the game before the opening game of the season, Smart said he switched Daniels to the scouts. Smart said at the time, it was difficult to compete when the season started.
Bennett has been Smart’s midfielder ever since, Mathis has worked with two, and Daniels has been on the scouting team except for week off.
Smart said Daniels and Mathis worked with the second team for the week bye – but not the first – as Bennett continued to receive all of those reps.
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So what will happen this week?
Will Smart only stick with Bennett in the starting lineup or will Daniels have a chance to return to the starting lineup?
What will the future of this week’s Georgia soccer strike look like?
What better place to find out than the “Show me” Status.
Smart’s midfield decision will tell a lot about the program’s direction, with fans and rookies watching.