Smart wanted an offense that was efficient and would not turn the ball over, and thats how Bennett looked versus Arkansas and most parts of the Auburn and Tennessee games.
The 2020 season has been unlike any prior to it, with training and practices schedules turned upside down.
When he specified the program that adapted finest would dominate, Smart stated it best.
Georgia, with all its skill and the level of buy in Smart opened the season with, appeared primed for a championship run right through halftime of its Oct. 17 showdown at Alabama.
The Bulldogs, their elite defense undamaged and healthy, George Pickens still lined up wide on offense, led the Tide, 24-20 through 30 minutes.
Think of it: Less than a month ago UGA was leading the No 1 group in the country on the road at halftime.
Then Alabamas defense changed and shut out the Georgia offense the last 30 minutes.
Other defenses have followed match, bringing more protectors closer to the line, challenging UGA to beat them deep with QB Stetson Bennett.
Bennett has 6 interceptions and 3 fumbles in the previous 3 video games, just 32-of-69 death (46 percent).
Things changed at Alabama with three interceptions and 7 batted or tipped balls.
ATHENS– Kirby Smart states its a matter of going back to work this week, however definitely the Georgia head coach understands it will take more than that after his program fell out of the Top 10 for the first time considering that 2016.
Smart, the coach who notoriously states “if it aint broke, discover a way to make it better,” should also know that when its broke, in some cases it needs more than repairing.
It needs replacing.
Thats the case at quarterback, with a noon video game at Missouri on deck for the No. 12-ranked Bulldogs.
2 more interceptions and another fumble followed at Kentucky, and after that the Florida fiasco, where there was another interception with the game in the balance at the Gators 35-yard line.
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.
On the other hand, the defense has actually been handling injuries, victimized by a front-loaded schedule that was difficulty from the time it was released.
More: Senior group captain Richard LeCounte suffered injuries in a Halloween Night motorbike accident that have him sidelined. And now there are questions about Pickens future, the star receiver annoyed by his inability to get the football in a limited offense.
The excellent news stinks organizer guru Todd Monken earned his income in Florida, breathing life into the offense by stealing 14 points on the opening two series.
The 3-tight end, 2-back formation and shift was taken out of his bag of techniques on the opening play, and Monken followed with a well-scripted 6-play, 61-drive that made it 14-0.
Then Bennett took a hit to his throwing shoulder and his arm got weaker and even less accurate.
Smart stopped working to take his own guidance: Georgia did not adjust.
Rather, Smart stated, Bennett wanted to keep playing and Smart approved it until the group fell behind by 20 points in the third quarter.
It was a choice that showed the level of conviction Smart has actually had in Bennett in the middle of scenarios that have used chances for change.
Personnel and Personal Decisions.
This is where one wonders: Was it possibly not such a good thing when Smart said he grew closer to this team than any other since of how recruiting limitations offered him more time around the players?
The Kirby Smart that Georgia fans had come to understand the very first 4 seasons was a thorough, calculated and sometimes even cold decision maker.
Smart wasnt all about the warm fuzzies– he was about fire and high requirements on the sidelines, and the celebrating and hugs were saved for post-game success.
Can Georgia return the Kirby that “wished to eat!” The one that said “How about them expletive Dawgs” with national electronic cameras peeping in on a post-game interview?
This isnt to recommend Smart has actually gone soft. Thats not in his DNA.
Its reasonable to suggest that perhaps the closer relationships Smart formed with players have actually affected workers decisions.
Stetson Bennett is an undersized South Georgia kid that not many individuals had actually become aware of or given an opportunity to before he concerned Athens.
Does Smart, unconsciously, see a few of himself in Bennett?
Smart worked with Monken to open up the Georgia offense with Air Raid principles. Monken has actually done just that, even if the results arent on par with programs running similar schemes.
The problem is the offense, like any other, requires a quarterback that can make the deep tosses.
DWan Mathis could make the deep throws, however hes still working on the consistency of his precision and the touch throws required at intermedia levels.
Due to the fact that they werent, Newman wasnt fitting into the scheme, and that became apparent enough to him after one scrimmage that he left.
The very first time Smart called on Daniels to contend, he was using a heavy knee brace and not at full speed in those fall scrimmages.
Smart stated Saturday night Daniels got a “lots of associates” in the preseason, together with Mathis.
Once Daniels wasnt cleared to play prior to the season-opening game, Smart said he moved Daniels to the scout team. As soon as the season begins, Smart stated at the time its hard to contend.
Bennett has been Smarts man at quarterback since then, Mathis has actually worked with the 2s, and Daniels has actually been on the scout group except for the off week.
Smart said Daniels and Mathis dealt with the junior varsity throughout the bye week– however not the first string– as Bennett continued to get all of those reps.
What happens this week?
Does Smart stick with Bennett exclusively on the very first team, or does Daniels get a chance to return in the mix?
What does the future of the Georgia football offense look like today?
Smarts quarterback decision will speak volumes about the direction of the program, with fans and hires seeing intently.
Could USC transfer JT Daniels be all set to be the answer?
Smart and Monken had a complete season of USC film to view the previous 5-star quarterback in action prior to they provided him a scholarship and chance to complete.
The decision contributed in Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman leaving. Why generate Daniels if things were matching Newman?
What much better location to learn than in the “Show Me” State.