Georgia football bullies on defense, and that’s how Kirby Smart likes it

Oct 30, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Nolan Smith (4) intercepted the ball against the Florida Gators during the first half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Nolan Smith (4) intercepted the ball against the Florida Gators during the first half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Georgia football has enforced its will on teams for eight games now — especially on defense. They bully opposing offenses, and that is just how head coach Kirby Smart likes it.

This defense loves to create havoc — they thrive off it and know it intimidates opponents.

Georgia held the Gators, who before this game averaged 34 points to seven points. Once again, the Dawgs forced a team to underperform from their season averages.

There was one area the Gators overperformed in, and that was turnovers.

In a matter of 2:09, Georgia scored 21 points and completely switched the momentum of the game. Florida looked shocked as a three-point lead turned into a 21 point lead in the blink of an eye.

The turning point of the Georgia football game against the Gators came when the Dawgs forced those three turnovers.

Before that sequence of plays, this game was too close for comfort, and the Gators were gaining momentum.

The final bit of confidence blew out of them when Nakobe Dean crossed the goal line for the third touchdown as many turnovers.

Those are just three of the havoc plays the Dawgs forced against the Gators.

Overall, Georgia recorded two sacks, five tackles for loss, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery, two interceptions, five pass breakups and seven quarterback hurries.

After the game, Smart said that havoc isn’t out of character.

"“That momentum right before the half was just huge,” Smart said in his post-game press conference. “It is what our guys do – they are havoc guys that cause problems, frustrate the quarterback, and try to find different ways to affect the quarterback. Those turnovers are so big.”"

If that quote doesn’t fire up a Georgia fan, politely turn in the Dawg card distributed to you.

This group suffocates offenses, prevents scoring, and has no quit — they’re bullies, know it, and just don’t care.

At this point, if the defense gives up too many yards or even allows a team to score, Georgia fans are upset because they expect more — or is it less.

Through eight games, the Dawgs have given up 53 total points on the year, and the scoring average is 6.63 now. At this pace, Georgia could break the record, which should forever make them the greatest defense ever.

That havoc-creating ability this defense has isn’t normal, but it’s an elite force that is almost oddly dominant. How do they continue to have this kind of grit every week?

Georgia’s defense decided it wasn’t going to be an independent effort. Still, instead, it was going to be a group effort where they fought for and loved each other enough to form this unbreakable bond.

They’re known as the no-name defense, and that is how they want it to stay. An unknown bully is the most dangerous kind because whoever they’re beating up on has no clue who will deliver the blow when.

After the game, Nolan Smith talked about the turnovers and love this team has for each other.

As the guy who forced the fumble, recovered it, and then caught his first career interception, he knew how big of a moment swing those three turnovers were.

"“The Nakobe (Dean) pick-six was a momentum swing. When momentum goes the other way, guys feed off of each other,” Smith said in post game interviews. “We always talk about connection. You feel it, and if you don’t see it on the sideline you would be absolutely absurd. I’m cheering the offense on when their up, and they are cheering us on. It’s all about connection and team comradery.”"

Georgia’s defense is something college football hasn’t seen since the 2011 Alabama defense, and there is a reason for that.  Comradery is a unique trait that doesn’t happen to all teams, but only the special ones who realize winning is a group effort, and one person cannot do it by themselves.

While they are bullies to other teams, this group is as genuine as they come. The love they have for each other is very real and admirable.

Their collective goal is the same, and they’re severely motivated to accomplish it. Georgia football showed they could beat the Gators to stay undefeated or keep their dreams alive.

They got over statistics saying they would fall short because usually, that is what happens in Jacksonville.

This game was personal to Smart, Smith, and the rest of the team. They got their revenge against the Gators and will send these seniors out with a 3-1 record.

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Georgia football is on the final stretch of the regular season, and no one seems remotely strong enough to beat the Dawgs. Still, Georgia won’t believe that because they won’t think they’re great until they hoist that national title trophy in the air.