Bennett’s goals for the week
“His first goal was to do a better job of protecting the ball in terms of two hands in the pocket, and also when running,” said Smart. “If you noticed he had the one against Alabama, and he picked it up. He runs with the ball in one hand. We have made a strong effort to improve this. ”
That was not all.
While his three interceptions obviously played a key role in the outcome of the game, Bennett’s decision-making was an area he needed to improve.
“His second goal was decision making on the throws and check-downs on the field. The third thing was to put ourselves in the right game and make the right decisions. He worked really hard on these things, ”said Smart. “Part of his movement in the pocket – which is consciousness. I thought he could learn a lot from Jake (Fromm) in terms of pocket consciousness.
“Where are the holes in the pockets?” Where’s the rush? Where can (he) intervene? Smart said. “I think he did well with that. It’s hard to fake that, because we don’t have games. We try to do this with competitive third parties and periods of success. “
Wide receiver Matt Landers (shoulder) also improves.
“Matt is good. He practiced today, ”said Smart. “He’s still got lingering effects, but we think he’s going to be able to play and has done a good job.
Smart will always try to stay strong in defense
The question seemed to make him sick.
“There is no magic potion for me to catch up with. There is no system that was not invented, ”said Smart. “The blankets that people play and the tusks that people play have stood the test of time.”
Yet Smart admits, perhaps reluctantly, that the game is changing.
“The game is designed to be entertaining and to score points. Nobody wants a 9-6 game. They don’t like it, ”Smart said. “I think it’s a good thing. It is a physical force. I think it’s a rock ’em game, sock em. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. It can be a good game and be 9-6, but no one is amused by it. The world we live in today is entertained by dots.
So what is a defense to do?
“The rules aren’t set for scoring points – I’m not saying that, but there is certainly an advantage in terms of the number of snapshot infractions taken. When you watch a game where someone takes 90 shots – that has never happened before, ”he said. “As the clichés increase, as the passing game increases, as the skill level increases in high school, there are fewer people to defend it. Twenty years ago there are fewer players in high school, some were defensive backs and now their skillful guys are fumbles, and you’re trying to catch up with guys.
Still, Smart isn’t about to give up on trying to put on the best defense possible.
“I don’t know when they (the infractions) will catch up. I don’t know if they will catch up. I really don’t care if they catch up, ”said Smart. “Our job is to do the best possible job defending these types of offenses. We want to defend them better than the others. I think we can do it. If you recruit well and have enough athletes and good enough players, you can defend big offenses better than anyone. It doesn’t mean you are going to stop them, but it does mean you can defend them better than everyone else.
“You better be able to brand yourself.”
No fudging on road trip protocols
This is especially important given that Saturday’s game in Kentucky will be the team’s third road trip this year – when traveling, teams are seen as more vulnerable.
So what was Georgia’s secret?
“You spend a little more time on the plane,” Smart said. “In terms of the COVID-19 protocol, we have a seating chart. We don’t let certain types of similar positions sit next to each other hoping to disperse guys. We try to keep roommates at home and close to each other because they have been exposed before.
Once secured in the team hotel, other precautions are put in place.
“They don’t take elevators, don’t drive with strangers, don’t hang out in the lobby. We have fewer people seated at a table, so we have more distribution, ”said Smart. “We took precautions there that we learned from other teams who had problems on the road. This does not mean that we are perfect, in any case. We are trying to learn. “
Intelligent on the progression of his offensive line: “In spurts, we played better. Certainly the production was better. I think they are a bit more comfortable. I can’t really explain the Arkansas game other than we guys didn’t budge and didn’t perform really well. It turned into a passing game, it seemed – we threw it a lot. There wasn’t a lot of run-game in the second half. I thought they had done good things in every game. We have guys who played, come in Trey (Hills), Ben (Cleveland) and Jamaree (Salyer). They played football a lot, even (Justin) Shaffer played a lot of football for us here. They play at a better level, probably not what we need in terms of elite, but they work hard every day. We mix the guys in practice. We have to prepare for an injury. The second five all worked, and each of those guys in the top five doubled down to a second position as an emergency. Right now it’s really about developing young guys and continuing to improve them and trying to get our first guys to perform at a higher level.