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?
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.
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.