Georgia Football: Here’s the Thing About the ‘Talent Level’


I get touchy when I start seeing essentially the same article, published by various sites, using slightly different spin.

That’s how I know it’s a slow day for news.
These days I typically opt out of posting altogether. Better to do that than write what everyone else has already covered–ad nauseum.

Then again, no bills go unpaid if I don’t show up. In the case of those others guys, it’s different.

I get it.

But, I digress.

This week, the topic dujuor was focused on Isaiah McKenzie being the lone invitee to the NFL Combine. Apparently that’s something we should all view poorly.

In fact, if you weren’t careful, some of those articles might have had you believing Georgia is on the brink of collapse!

Good thing we’re smart enough to know better, right?

Right?

Here’s my two pennies on that particular topic: the cupboard was bare when Kirby Smart arrived. For anyone to have expected a long list of players at the Combine was  unrealistic.

Even the players who opted to come back–and who very well might have been invited if they’d declared–understood another year was a good idea. They weren’t ready.

When the new staff arrived, there was work to do.

Even though Georgia had players capable of producing on the field, the depth behind them was was non-existent.

And, if you were paying attention, you knew that was the case in 2015 as well.

Recruiting misses, poor development, and transfers decimated whatever depth was possible.

However, because the prior staff managed to finish 10-3, despite the lack of depth, a false narrative was an easy sell when Smart arrived.

No matter how well Smart attempted to prepare folks for a rebuild year, the media was able to serve up a few helpings of  expectation–using the excitement of “93k on G-Day”, “Kirby’s Return ‘Home'”, and “Chubbs’ Recovery” as its vehicle.

Fun times.

Still, like it or not, 2016 was always going to be a rebuild year.

A year to see what was worth keeping, what was in need of an upgrade, who was going to best acclimate to the “process”, and how well this coaching staff could gel.

The only expectation for 2016 should’ve been growth.

In year two, depth will continue to be aggressively addressed, but fans should be able to expect more from the players and the coaches now that all parties involved are on the same page.

I still expect some hiccups, but the talent level has increased and if the coaching kicks up another notch, 2017 should be worthy of some good conversation.

In the meantime, stay away from overly clever headlines, be discerning about what you click, and remember this above all: if it reads like bullshit, it most likely is.

Go Dawgs!

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8 comments for “Georgia Football: Here’s the Thing About the ‘Talent Level’

  1. buccadawg
    02/18/2017 at 10:36 AM

    You write, i read, great insight, always a pleasure to read your level headed take of all things DAWG, keep it coming, thanks and GO DAWGS!!!!

    • 02/21/2017 at 10:44 PM

      Appreciate that, Buc! The feeling is mutual for sure!

  2. DawgDaddy
    02/18/2017 at 7:46 AM

    Great article Kimberley, you hit the nail on the head. I too look forward to the coming season and feel that we have the potential to win the SECE but that is pretty much the max. Does that mean we will? Nope, We will improve over last year and I do see us becoming a power in the SEC over the next 2 or 3 years.

  3. DawgDaddy
    02/18/2017 at 7:46 AM

    Great article Kimberley, you hit the nail on the head. I too look forward to the coming season and feel that we have the potential to win the SECE but that is pretty much the max. Does that mean we will? Nope, We will improve over last year and I do see us becoming a power in the SEC over the next 2 or 3 years.

  4. 02/17/2017 at 9:42 PM

    Excellent insight. Have to admit I was one of those who saw more heading into 2016 than was actually there. I believe in Kirby and believe in the future and it made me short-sighted enough not to even see our tiny and hard-working but not quite gifted offensive line. I think it only gets better from here. I think potential recruits knew Richt was playing out the string. Hats off to Mark for what he did, but there is a reason I removed him from the 2016 version of The Bulldog Song and replaced him with Kirby!

    • 02/17/2017 at 10:23 PM

      Thanks Chip! I’m sure you weren’t the only one who found themselves believing in the possibility of more last season. The Dawgs marched in with a new coach and a lot of positive momentum. But, end of the day. The reality of what was left meant the season was bound to play out differently.

      Hopefully this season brings a better melody for us all to sing 😉

      Thanks for the comments!

  5. 02/17/2017 at 9:47 AM

    Lady, one of the top threads that I have about the change in UGA Football, down to the nitty gritty and perfectly laid out as to FACTS.

    Researching what is ahead in 2018, 2019 and actually beyond, referring to recruiting, think I am getting “some of that” from this thread.

    Solid work Kimberley.

    • 02/17/2017 at 11:07 AM

      Thanks Buc! I found myself having the same conversations with people throughout the season regarding where Georgia should have finished, and how they should have performed, based on Richt’s last season.

      While I did take issue with the progression of some players, and the regression the offense seemed to make, I knew Smart had work to do, so I was more focused on how Recruiting fared.

      This season, I’m looking for a better product. Not a championship one–not just yet–but certainly a more consistent output.

      Sometimes the media glosses over the facts to get clicks or incite ire (which also gets clicks). Whether I have one reader or 1000, my opinion is what it is. Gotta keep it real and understand it’s a process.

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