Turning the page is a good title for this thread YD1.
This is now the time when Kirby Smart is going to earn his money in my book. We've had, for the most part, a fun ride up to this point, but the road is about to get a lot bumpier. There's a LOT of unanswered "what will happens" facing us this season. It's clear the honeymoon is over, not in a bad way, but just in a settled-in kind of way with CKS and UGA. Buc said in another post that this will be year 1 of an entire CKS-process program. There was a mass exodus of players from UGA today. Why didn't the juniors stay? Who knows. Don't care. No more than I care about CFP not putting UGA in the playoffs or UGA taking a crap in the Sugar Bowl. What's done is done and alls over but the cryin' for the 2018 season. We can sit here and speculate all day long, but in the end it doesn't make a damn bit of difference.
Today proved quite the shakeup and revealed some real challenges facing CKS this offseason. Lots of maturing that needs to be done in this offseason by the COACHING STAFF. There were play calls and clock management in 2018 that I never want to see played out again on the field. This is now fully CKS's program, and the ghosts of coaches past are no longer an excuse. Like wartdawg, I'm not about excuses.
Net net, I am quite happy with where the program is, and events like we saw today where we lost a bevy of top tier talent to the draft is precisely why we must (and have) stayed on top of recruiting. That falls squarely on CKS and he deserves the credit he's due to running an elite recruiting system. That said, I am also calling a spade a spade. I saw decisions out of this staff this season that were as baffling as anything I saw in the Richt era.
Today's exodus isn't simply next man up, it's a transition of this program into version 2.0 of the CKS era. I sure hope all the beta testing was accomplished this season and the bugs worked out because the SEC east is tightening up. Pages have to be turned. Whether the story gets better or worse will be determined soon enough.
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There will be many days ahead that players leave early for the NFL. While I hate to see talented young men leave, just points to the fact that we are recruiting at a higher level than some. Most of these young folks have advisors that spend time presenting their qualifications to the NFL, safe bet that all leaving at this point will make rosters at the next level. UGA has moved into a higher category when it comes to recruits that depart when qualified. Couple of colleges have been going through this for a lengthy amount of time. High fives to those that wore the Red and Black, good wishes for all of their futures. Next "men" up . . . .
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Can’t blame any kid for leaving school if they can make an nfl roster. Even a marginal nfl salary for a few years is more than many will make in a lifetime of working. Those guys only have a five year +/- window to play at elite level.
I figure Kirby is going to hire someone from the bama or Clemson staff and that’s why no dc has been named.
Would be funny to me if tennessee hired Jim Chaney. There is no way a big name guy is going there to be the oc. That would be career suicide for someone like sark to take that job. They had a strange year. Enough talent and coaching to beat auburn and Kentucky, but got hammered by vandy. Coach consistently blaming players is not a good sign.
I don’t think Justin Fields could have transfered to an sec school. Maybe he could have by not being on scholarship the first year. Would have been interesting if he had gone somewhere like auburn or Florida. Still don’t understand why he picked uga after the freshman year Jake had.