After Missouri is shut out by Georgia 27-0 at Sanford Stadium, Tigers’ head coach Barry Odum discusses the game and the loss. There is a timestamped index of topics Coach Odum discusses in the video below. Just click on the time mark to open a new tab and the video will play at that timestamp or you can follow along as you watch the presser in its entirety by clicking on the video below to play it.
00:00 Opening statement
“I’d like to give Kirby Smart and his entire organization a lot of credit.[Georgia is] a solid and really good football team in every area. Looking at our game plan going into [this game], we knew that we would have some struggles moving the ball in certain situations. But [Georgia] is better up close and in person. I knew they were good, but I think they’re a little bit better than they may get credit for nationally. Georgia is as good and as solid as a team as I’ve gone against in a long time.”
“I thought our defense — gave up two touchdowns, played a lot of snaps, put in some adverse situations— I thought they did some good things. [We] held them to four field goals. If we would have given up touchdowns instead of field goals in those types of situations, then there would never have been a game. Defensively, they hung in there, and they fought, and they competed. I was proud of the way that they played at times.”
“Offensively, we’ve got to get some things figured out because we’re going to need to score some points in the last three weeks to have a chance, in each one of the games. We’ve got enough playmakers to go do that, and we’ve got to find answers and get it fixed. I thought Taylor [Powell] went in, and battled, and made some decisions that were right. He made some that were not, but to step in the way that he did…I thought he did some things to try to manage the game in the short passing areas that gave us a chance. We didn’t win many one-on-one matchups there. When we had an opportunity to make catches on the ball, we didn’t make many. Connor [Bazelak] came in in the second half and did some nice things in the two drives he was in there. Both [Powell and Bazelak] have unique and different skillsets than maybe what we’ve seen so far this year, and they’re going to continue to grow, and they’re going to be good players.”
“I’m certain we’ll get Kelly [Bryant] back and ready to go. I think he’ll get really close to 100 percent. We’re going to need him. We’ll have Jonathan Johnson back next week, it looks like, which would be nice. We’ve got to do a great job on finding ways to score points.”
“Defensively, going into the next week, we’ll have a challenge. I know Florida’s defense is really good, as well. The positives that I look at right now are I’ve got three opportunities now— two at home and one away at a neutral site— and I’m going to focus on those. I’m going to coach and pour into the guys, and I know we’re anxious to get back home and get back on track.”
03:09 At what point did you determine QB Kelly Bryant was not able to go?
“It’s a fine line there, and Kelly’s such a great kid and a tremendous competitor. He wanted to play and felt like he could. But the percentage of being able to run and function and do the things that you need to at that position— I don’t know that it would have been wise to put him out there. He’s frustrated but, thankfully, he’s working with our docs in sports medicine. If he gets out in the third play and re-injures it somewhat,
then it could be that he’s out for the rest of the year, and that’s not something that I think is smart.”
04:21 Update on the status of “J.J.” (Johnathon Johnson)
04:41 How does the offense change with Kelly Bryant out?
05:35 What needs to change about the offense?
06:55 Lack of explosive plays on offense, is that a concern?
07:27 What led to the decision to switch from Taylor Powell to Connor Bazelock at QB?
07:46 How big of a challenge is to keep the morale of the team up?
09:01 Whar are some of the you have confidence in?
09:23 How hard is it on the defense when the offense isn’t on the field long?
09:58 Thoughts on Georgia QB Jake Fromm?