Georgia’s position and quagmire seem to recur consistently in Smart’s definition and the Georgia agenda.
“I can’t wish myself an explosive offense,” said Smart. “We have to work on it ourselves. We have to execute our attack and make more passes, be more precise.
“We have to open up guys, but when we do, we have to hit them. I want to win. I want to win matches. ”
Bennett and Mathis combined to complete 9 of their 29 attempted passes for 112 yards. The pair threw three interceptions against two touchdowns. Unlike Kyle Trask who threw 474 yards and 4 touchdowns, the problem is only more serious at home.
Until the Georgian quarterbacks play more like Trask and look less like the quarterbacks that the Jacksonville Jaguars start, the Bulldogs are going to continue to fail to factor in the national title conversation.
It didn’t help Georgia that the Bulldogs were without George Pickens on wide receiver or that his replacement Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint left the game with what was almost assuredly a late-season injury.
But Smart has made it clear the guys are open. The quarters just couldn’t find them.
“Anyone with an open eye could say, ‘Well there were some open guys,’” said Smart. “We protected the quarterback pretty early on. We have to be able to throw it and catch it. And they did. So that was the difference in the game. ”
For the first time since the 2016 season, Georgia is no longer in control of their own destiny in terms of getting to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. Smart then said he was not worried about the team’s motivation for the future.
Jackson seemed to be in sync with Smart regarding this post.
“We are not going to give up. We’re going to keep fighting, ”Jackson said. “Keep motivating yourself, keep working and keep working.”
Georgia’s goal is not to play in the Peach Bowl. That’s not why Smart replaced Mark Richt. Smart came to Georgia to win championships. Since Georgia sits at a 2nd and 26th spot in Year 2, Georgia’s schedule feels like it is moving away from the elusive title.
Georgia 2020 Championship dreams are definitely dead on Saturday night against Florida. The Bulldogs now need to figure out what’s next – both for this season but more importantly for 2021 and beyond.
Does that mean more Mathis or Bennett? The latter suffered a shoulder injury in the second practice of the game, but Smart was not sure if it was a separated shoulder or an AC joint injury.
Either way, that should say a lot about what Georgia thinks of Mathis, as Bennett stayed in the game until the third quarter with the injury.
As for JT Daniels, the top-tier transfer from USC who arrived this summer, he has yet to take a picture. Many believed he would propel the program after Jamie Newman’s decision to pull out of the 2020 season and declare himself for the NFL Draft. A knee injury kept him from being ready at the start of the season, but he was cleared ahead of Auburn’s game.
In Smart’s eyes, Bennett and Mathis give Georgia yet another better chance for victory.
“I think he continues to grow and improve on offense but obviously now with where we’re at we think they give us the best shot.
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Smart added that the knee injury was not a problem for Daniels in the future, and that when he came to Georgia it was not to be a replacement.
The Bulldogs also have 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff hired as a member of the 2021 recruiting class. He is expected to arrive in January, although some would likely wish him to travel to Georgia earlier.
Whether Justin Fields continues to look like one of the best quarterbacks in the country is hanging in all this mess with Georgia. The problem is, the former Georgia quarterback is doing it for the state of Ohio. He’s looking even better this year than when he threw 41 touchdowns a season ago.
Smart has built a very good program. He is better recruited than almost anyone in the country. He has shown he can make draft picks and All-American level players.
The only thing the Bulldogs didn’t have during his time in Georgia is really great quarterback play. Jake Fromm was often good but he was never as good as Trask on Saturday. The end result shows Georgia doesn’t have that and doesn’t look very close to finding it.
Georgia will most likely be favored to win their remaining matches. He should win all four of them no matter who plays the quarterback.
But none of these results will help Georgia win a national title. And until Smart starts playing better outside of quarterback, that reputation and stigma will continue to drag him out.
“We have to improve and it starts with me. I have to do a better job, and we’re going to do a better job, but I’m not frustrated with the predicament we find ourselves in. We made our bed.
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