“It is a different environment at Georgia” – Attention to Detail

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“It is a different environment at Georgia” – Attention to Detail

Jacob Eason hands off to Glenn Welch
Jacob Eason hands off to Glenn Welch as head coach Kirby Smart watches.
Photo: Greg Poole/Bulldawg Illustrated

Much has been made of the different vibe around Athens now that Kirby Smart has returned to his alma mater, but explanations of the changes have been scarce. Maybe the reason it has been difficult for observers to articulate tangible differences is that most are on the micro level. It is all about attention to detail.
In a recent interview with cleveland.com, four-star athlete, Jamyest Williams noted one of the details that registered with him when pointed out by defensive coordinator Mel Tucker:

“Me and Coach Tucker were watching film when Coach (Mark) Richt was the head coach, we were seeing how they would pursue and then jog through the cone a little bit. Now they sprint full speed, and that’s what they were missing. Just little things to build that program.”

Jamyest Williams on how Georgia is changing
I chatted recently with someone who watched every practice and scrimmage this spring. As we talked about the different feel that is palpable around Butts-Mehre and on the practice field, he mentioned another small change. In the past, the team would often change practice fields or positions on one the fields while conducting drills. That may not seem like a big deal, but, remember, NCAA rules restrict practice time. The clock starts when practice begins and the session must, by rule, end when time expires. Practice can not be extended to account for time lost moving players from one place to another. “That used to drive Pruitt crazy,” emphasized my partner in the conversation.
Georgia has a new slogan, Attack The Day (#ATD) but the acronym may also describe the underlying philosophy of the program, Attention To Detail. Kirby sweats the details.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.

3 responses on ““It is a different environment at Georgia” – Attention to Detail

  1. Bulldawg Bob2

    converted 1981 Frankly

    Aye. While there is definitely a new energy pumping into the program via the new coaching staff with Head Coach Kirby Smart leading the charge, all that energy off the field in practice, workouts and recruiting definitely has to translate on the field.

    Will that happen in year one? Hard to say, but history is not on the side of first year coaching staffs in the SEC. My hope is the fan base is patient, and let’s see where Georgia is at under Coach Smart and this staff in year 2 and 3, and if big things happen in year 1, that is just icing on the cake.

  2. converted 1981

    Frankly Everybody has their choice what to drink and what not to drink.  The differences are obvious and easy to spot/hear coming not only from recruits that we would Not have gotten with CMR but also what I have heard and am hearing from 4 year starters that have played in the NFL.  Change is Here and it will produce.  Those either on the field or in BM Will get on board or others will take their place.

    PS. Since I will Not quote names take my post for what it is worth to you or anyone else.  Not trying to be mean or anything just giving a little more info from another person.

  3. Frankly

    Sorry but heard it all before.  I’ll be ecstatic if/when there are more W’s and more big game W’s to show for it but until then, I ain’t drankin’ that Red & Black cool-aid.