However, the one thing the Dawgs have often fallen victim to is a tendency to believe its own press.
It’s something I’ve made mention of in the past: The team’s inability to accept the positive accolades without allowing them to dictate how they approach the game.
Even though the Dawgs finished up at 8-5, the obvious thinking is they’ll have to be even better this time around. I mean, a few plays here and there and we’re talking about a 10 or 11 win season instead.
It is what it is.
However, as 2017 approaches, and you start to really look at the East, and what Georgia is bringing in year two, it’s easy to believe they’re capable of big things.
I certainly do.
Even so, you can’t let those ideas permeate you as a player. How those expectations are handled could be the difference between a team that excels (because they don’t ‘buy in’ to the chatter and continue to work as if they disrespect still exists) and one that fails (because they bought in and forgot to show up and play the game).
Those games, no matter how favorably they fall on the schedule, still have to be played. If the defense is too busy primpin’ to adequately prepare, then they’re going to be left looking silly.
Smart is trying his best to ward off that possibility.
“Right now, I see some guys who are complacent and comfortable in their role – meaning, I’ve started here for two years, I’m comfortable in my role, I’m a leader on this team, I’m comfortable in my role and not challenging myself to get better.”
… I don’t think there’s a sense of urgency for that defense.” (Anthony Dasher, UGASports)
It’s still a long way until that first game, but the time to shake off the cobwebs and get your mind right is now.
Hopefully this team is able to do just that.