Despite 45-0 Victory, Kirby Smart Not Pleased With Georgia's Play

Despite 45-0 Victory, Kirby Smart Not Pleased With Georgia's Play

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Despite 45-0 Victory, Kirby Smart Not Pleased With Georgia's Play


One of the things that makes Kirby Smart such a great coach is that nothing is ever perfect in his eyes.

Sure, you may look at a 45-0 box score and think that one side played the perfect ball game, but not Kirby.

And it’s that drive for total perfection that will make Georgia a powerhouse for years to come.

Following Saturday’s season opener against Austin Peay, Smart took the podium to talk the media.

He said the players “played hard in spurts,” and that the team needs to “grow up,” before the Dawgs take on Kirby’s friend and now rival Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks.

“Our players played hard in spurts,” Smart said. “I thought there were a lot of young guys who had a lot of jitters that needed to get those out. We’ve got to grow up and we’ve got to grow up fast. The road in front of us is not easy.”

Smart knows his team is young. But with South Carolina slated for next week, they can’t afford to go in a hostile Williams-Brice Stadium playing like a team of underclassmen.

“We’ve got to play a team I’ve got a lot of respect for and play in a place that is extremely difficult to play in….Certainly, we need to improve and we’ve got a lot of areas we need to improve in,” said Smart.

“I hope that we can grow and learn from the mistakes because you get to coach off the first tape. There are a lot of things that we can improve on and a lot of it starts with tackling and blocking and getting more movement.”

But he had to be impressed with the fact that his team pitched a shutout, right?

“I’m not one to shed light on a lot of positives. I didn’t think we played to the caliber that we probably should have but I thought, defensively, when you have a shutout, in this day and age, it’s hard to do,” Smart said, to the surprise of many.

“Especially against offenses that are in formations and rocketing and orbiting, it makes it tough to defend. Our kids played hard and that’s what we ask them to do.”

Kirby noted that Austin Peay was an inferior opponent. Multiple plays for Georgia went for 2-3 yards on the ground, and Kirby fears that when the Dawgs line up against SEC foes, those 2-3 yard gains may actually be 2-3 yard losses.

“We’ll play better teams, let’s all be honest. We’ll play teams who have more talent so we’ve got to be able to execute at a higher clip. Some of those plays that were two or three yards might be lost-yardage plays against somebody else. We can’t have those negative plays offensively.”

Smart continued by expressing his concerns for the defensive side of the ball.

“Then, defensively, we were soft on a couple of runs where they got four or five yards. We can’t do that on second-and-medium and second-and-short in our conference. I think the biggest thing we got today is experience. Because we had a lot of players play today that didn’t have experience that gained experience.”

Georgia will take on South Carolina on Saturday, September 8 in Columbia.  Kickoff is schedule for 3:30 p.m. ET and will air on CBS.

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