Vince Dooley was famous for building up even the weakest opponent, going so far as to say one team ‘had the best long snapper I have ever seen.”
While Kirby Smart is not on Dooley’s level in terms of making the lowest opponent seem capable of beating the 1972 Dolphins, he is in mid-season form in terms of playing head games with his players.
Not even before spring camp is over, Smart is making it clear that despite anything done in the past, the bar is high for a Georgia defense, and it is not close to being met. Remember, this is a coaching staff that from the start has worked to never let its players be comfortable, even in practice and it appears that there has been no change in that mindset.
“Some guys are showing improvement but not at the pace that we need,” Smart said. “The offense is definitely ahead of the defense and we’re struggling a little bit defensively on the defensive line.” - The Red & Black
Kirby Smart and this staff know how talented this team is. Guys like Chubb, Michel and Lorenzo Carter may not be suiting up this fall, but that does not mean players that played a big role in Georgia coming within an eyelash of a national title don’t know what it takes to get onto college football’s biggest stage.
Many of them are a major reason for the Bulldogs having forged the program ahead, but that success won’t do much when September rolls around.
You get the feel that this Georgia staff knows how good this bunch can be...if it takes the right path to get there.
In other words, this isn’t a program where Jeff Fisher’s 7-9 mindset would fit in easily.