9. Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart refuses to accept mediocrity
Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart never let off the gas pedal on Saturday. He is an emotional coach, and even when his team was up by multiple scores, he continued to coach them like they were down two touchdowns.
He told the sideline reporter they needed to be more disciplined and have fewer penalities at the half. Georgia finished the game with four penalties for 35 yards. Some penalties were ridiculous because of how one-sided the referees were, but of course, the Dawgs had to beat the refs too.
Missouri held the Dawgs all day long but barely got penalized for it. The Tigers finished with one more penalty at five for 25 yards. Georiga had a questionable pass interference call, but besides all that, Smart wanted more out of his team.
The way he yelled and coached them throughout the game tells us he honestly treats each game like it’s their last.
Humility is a week away — that is one of Smart’s favorite things to say right now, and it’s true. Missouri took away the run, and the Dawgs improvised.
Smart knows his team has to remain focused, and anything less than elite isn’t acceptable.
There will be no mediocre football in Athens anymore, and Smart will ensure that first hand. The hilarious hot-mic moment told the entire college football audience this head coach wants to win at all costs and doesn’t care what it takes.
He knows they weren’t getting the calls, but as the Georgia Bulldogs, SEC officials seem to never be on the right side — thanks to that celebration 14 years ago against Florida.
Smart’s aggressiveness is why these players love him so much. They see he wants it as bad as they do and Saturday was a prime example of that. He didn’t care if they were up by one point or 37 points — Smart wanted his guys to go out there and play with everything they had.
If his guys are on the field, Smart wants them to headhunt and bully the opponent. Missouri got some shots in there on Saturday, which Georgia didn’t like at all.
Smart and the defensive leaders will watch the film and evaluate because there is no way he lets those small mistakes continue to happen.