Kirby Smart addressed the beat writers for th weekly post-practice press conference on Tuesday. The head coach was in rare form and made sure to aggravate the media each chance he got. One of the primary topics of discussion was the offense’s ability to throw the long ball.
Smart talked about how the team throws deep passes every day in practice and how they have the personnel to catch and throw deep passes. He mentioned how there are so many elements that go into the passing game, that it is not just throwing the ball down the field.
‘’We throw it deep every day in practice. We’ve got receivers that can win vertical patterns. We’ve got quarterbacks that can throw vertical patterns. We’ve got to win against their guys,” Smart said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to open it up some. You’ve got to loosen the box some. You’ve got to block their guys. We’ve got to be able to run and throw. Same as last year. We’ve got a freshman quarterback that I think is playing good. We’ve got to go out there and let him play. He’s got to make good decisions, but it’s not just about a vertical passing game. It’s about blocking somebody at 6 technique. It’s about blocking Jeffery Simmons when you call that vertical passing game. There’s a lot that goes into it, more than just chuck it deep.’’
To pass the ball, the team must be able to run it and Smart mentioned that when he talked about the deep game. Smart said the quarterback must make the right decision, of course, that’s what he should do every time, but especially on the passes.
Check out audio from Kirby Smart’s press conference below:
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