Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mark Richt has lost control of his players’ mouths

image It’s one thing to be facing an Alabama team gaining steam in its drive towards history. It’s quite another to be facing that Alabama team when it’s pissed off. The Tide needs absolutely no extra motivation to play its best in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday. That isn’t stopping Georgia football players, who are spewing streams of locker room material. Mark Richt has totally lost control, you guys.

Baccari Rambo, speaking via telephone on ESPN’s College Football Final, said "I feel like we are more talented. We have better players at each position, across the board, especially on defense.” Really? Across the board? Rambo is a heck of a defensive back and he’s a lock for either first or second team All Name honors. But he’s not very smart.

“I think we’re the best defense in the country,” senior cornerback Sanders Commings said Monday after practice.

“I think confidence is just another word for swagger. We step on a field and our swag is turned way up, like we can shut anybody down and shut anybody out. In order to be good, you have to be confident. You have to have that swagger.”

UGA noseguard John Jenkins has been quoted as saying that Alabama’s offensive line—widely regarded as one of the best in college football—is “nothing special.” When specifically asked about his counterpart Barrett Jones at Center, he said he couldn’t really tell the difference between him and any of the others.

Smack talk like this is a major reason why Nick Saban limits media access to only certain players on the team and it’s absolutely the reason he doesn’t let freshmen talk at all.

It’s Ok to express confidence in your team. It’s Ok to think that you’re good enough to beat anybody you play. It’s borderline insanity to directly compare yourself to an upcoming opponent and trash them.

Both teams are 11-1. They are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the BCS, and the winner will play Notre Dame for the national championship. You don’t reach this level in college football by being “nothing special” and that’s especially true in the country’s toughest conference.

Alabama Strength and Conditioning Coach Scott Cochran is a master at using opponents’ trash talk to motivate the football team. You can bet that every bit of smack coming out of the mouths of the Bulldog players is either being plastered all over the weight room, or being played back through the audio system.


Update: I originally had both teams at 10-1. I guess I’m still stuck in the 90’s.

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Gene Chizik said...

both teams are 11-1 smarty pants

Gene Chizik said...

And I don't hardly think that Georgia players are going to say that .. yea well alabama is the better team we might as well not even play....

PauldingDawg said...

Getting your butts whipped by an expansion team with a freshman qb doesn't exactly instill fear in your future opponents. I'm sure Bama isn't scared of Georgia, but Bama has lost its mystique. You guys are just another good SEC team, which is a good thing to be. But there's like, 5 of those.

Anonymous said...

Lighten up, Francis. Just because they think their defense is better than yours is not smack talk. Smack talk is " that team sucks and we are going to destroy them."

Anonymous said...

And just to show you I can be objective, I thing Paulding Dawg is an idiot. T A&M is not an "expansion team" (they've had a program for 100 years). And y'all didn't get your ass whipped. They are a good team that caught y'all the week after a gut check win at LSU. I shudder to think if we had to play them after our FL win. We played horrible and almost lost to KY.

ChadJacobs said...

Losing 29-24 to the eventual Heisman Trophy winner isn't exactly "getting your butts whipped". It is, in fact, not nearly as telling as giving up:

23 to Buffalo

20 to Missouri

20 to Fla Atlantic

44 to Tennessee


24 to Kentucky

That doesn't really sound like "the best defense in the country", not to anyone with at least one working brain cell that is.

BubbaGump said...

Thank goodness for a shaddy tatoo artist in Columbus, Ohio giving the SEC Championship game relevance.