Kirby Smart doesn’t need “dinosaurs” to motivate Georgian football for the Georgia Tech final

ATHENS — None of Georgia’s active players suffered a loss to Georgia Tech. Georgia’s last loss in Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate came in 2016, a year before Stetson Bennett arrived in Athens.

But the same can’t be said for a few Bulldogs on Georgia’s coaching staff. Particularly manager Kirby Smart, whose last home game during his playing career was a loss to the Yellow Jackets.

Smart thought about sharing some old videos of the rivalry to try to motivate his team. But the Georgia coach ultimately decided against it.

“They see us and they’re like, ‘Oh, they’re dinosaurs.’ They don’t see it as relevant,” Smart said. “What’s relevant to them is that probability doesn’t equal reality and you can’t get away from probability. last week, is that probability doesn’t equal reality. You have to go out and play well.”

Georgia players still have strong feelings about this rivalry, especially for those growing up in the state. Senior safety Chris Smith has friends on both sides of the rivalry.

With Saturday likely to be Smith’s last home game in a Georgia uniform, he’ll be sure to do everything he can to not suffer the same fate as Smart.

“It matters to me because it matters to the people who support me while I’m out there on the field,” Smith said. “I want to be able to win for myself, for the seniors, for the rest of my teammates and for the coaches. Especially Coach (Kirby) Smart, I know what it means to him. I just want to understand the undefeated regular season.

How does Georgia football appear to be slowing down the Georgia Tech defense

North Carolina entered last week as having one of the best offenses in the sport, led by a Heisman Trophy candidate in Drake Maye. But after racing to a 17–0 lead, North Carolina was held scoreless in the second half.

Georgia Tech’s aggressive defense caused major problems for Maye. The Yellow Jackets did a great job of forcing turnovers, being tied for seventh in the country with 23 forced turnovers.

“They cause chaos. They do stunts and move people,” Smart said. “They fire people. Blitz people, and cause turnovers. They’re bought out. They play really hard. athletic and move a lot.They do a good job.

All week, Smart credited Georgia Tech with how physical he played under interim head coach Brent Key. He was a former offensive lineman at Georgia Tech and also spent time as the offensive line coach at Alabama.

Georgia knows they will not only have to meet Georgia Tech’s level of physicality, but surpass it. The Bulldogs are coming off a physical game against Kentucky, where the Wildcats have been able to find some success filling Georgia in short-handed situations.

“You just have to be able to match their energy and play to the best of your ability,” said Georgia football forward Broderick Jones. “You have to eliminate mental errors and play football. You don’t want to think too much about it. When you start overthinking, things are bound to go wrong.

Kirby Smart explains what he loves about his job

Between impending coaching changes, the transfer portal, the early signing period, the SEC championship, and possibly the College Football Playoff, December looks to be a busy and stressful month for Smart.

Smart is well rewarded for the work he does at Georgia, but money isn’t why Smart does what he continues to coach football. Nor is it for the glory of leading his alma mater.

For Smart, he loves being the Georgia coach because of the bond he builds with his players. That’s why Seniors Day on Saturday is a special afternoon for Smart and the Georgia football program.

“I love the opportunity to go from being a freshman who doesn’t know what’s going on like Lewis Cine to a first-round pick,” Smart said. “An opportunity for a guy like James Cook who gave everything he had to this college to become an NFL player. A chance for an extra like Dan Jackson to come here and live his dream and go play for UGA. That’s why I do what I do, nothing else.

Related: Georgia’s senior day of football demonstrates how much rosters will change in the coming weeks: ‘It’s a puzzle’

Smart isn’t yet sure of the final count of seniors who will join the festivities on Saturday, with a guess somewhere between 20 and 25.

Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech will begin at 12 a.m. ET, with ESPN airing the game.

Leave a Comment

%d bloggers like this: