I hate to seem like a troll, but this quote from Georgia defensive lineman Sterling Bailey made my head spin a bit.
Bailey, when discussing the way the team felt after re-watching game film, of the loss to Tennessee, had this to say:
“We didn’t execute the way we were supposed to.”
The senior defensive tackle felt the blame went across the board for the Bulldogs’ seven-point loss in Knoxville. He pointed at the defense’s inability to wrap up on tackles, allowing Tennessee to gash Georgia for 519 yards in the loss. He also said that the emotions of the game were too much at times, as the team became too energized to execute and later got down too much after the team blew a 21-point lead. [emphasis added] (Jordan Hill, Dawgs247)
As I would say to my brother (and fellow blogger) Adam…bruuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
That right there, that admitted inability to channel your emotions, on the field—even when you have to channel them to regain focus after getting kicked in the teeth—is problem number 1, 2, and damn 3 for this team!
WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAAAAAAANNNNNNN you got too emotionally down to execute?!
Are you saying that once it became clear Tennessee wasn’t going to slink into a corner, after you got off to a 24-3 lead, you gave up?!
Let me tell you something, if Georgia doesn’t learn to play through adversity, they will never contend for a National Championship. I’m sorry, it’s time to keep it as real as possible: playing through adversity is a must no matter what sport you play, and Bailey’s statements make it frighteningly clear that Georgia hasn’t figured out how to do that yet.
You’re not always going to have the lead, and you’re not always going to dominate your opponent into submission. So, if you’re walking onto any field with the attitude that the other team is going to lay down and let you walk all over them, then you’re in trouble every time you slip into your cleats and pads. Period.
And, if you think because this wasn’t a direct quote, but rather a paraphrase of what Bailey said—meaning perhaps he was misquoted or didn’t mean it the way it came off—I have two pieces of proof that he likely did: Alabama and Tennessee.
*Drops mic and leaves*.