Georgia head coach Kirby Smart knows how to push the right buttons, and in his pregame pep talk before taking the field against TCU, he pushed them all.
When you see Kirby Smart in interviews, on the sideline, and working with his team with the cameras rolling, you see a caring, excitable, sometimes even jovial character. His agreeable personality makes him hard not to like from afar.
He hugs, he consoles, he laughs, he leaps, and he shows the part of a concerned dad.
But every once in a while we get a glimpse into the real Kirby Smart, and honestly, it can be almost frightening.
The former Alabama defensive coordinator has been known for his ability to pump up the troops in the locker room in both pregame and halftime situations, but rarely do we get to hear the contents of those messages.
Well, someone surreptitiously recorded his thunderous pre-game not-safe-for-work speech to the team before the National Championship Game, and it’s no wonder the Bulldogs came out of the tunnel like a pack of hungry, feral hounds. It was a masterpiece of unfiltered, motivational obscenities.
Even without all the expletives, Kirby Smart’s message was clear. Go out there and be the best team on the field and make the Horned Frogs sorry they lined up against you.
Truthfully, had this message been accidentally broadcast into the TCU locker room before the game, they probably would have declined to come on the field. Kirby had his guys ready to not only run through walls, but to pick up the pieces of that wall and beat the other team with them.
TCU was already overmatched from a talent standpoint, but if you pile on top of that the extra inspiration and fire the Dawgs were given by Kirby Smart, it’s not a surprise the score turned out the way it did.
Can someone please line up Kirby to speak to the United States Congress when they need to get s**t done, too?