Kirby Smart had some explaining to do after his Georgia Bulldogs lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2021 SEC Championship game.
Same teams, same stadium, same results. Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs blew a golden opportunity to end the Alabama Crimson Tide’s season in the 2021 SEC Championship game.
Georgia entered play 12-0 and the No. 1 team in the country. While the offense held its own, it was the defense that let the Dawgs down. This unit had not allowed more than 17 points scored on it all season. Too bad Bryce Young had his Heisman Trophy-clinching performance vs. the Dawgs. Alabama won its eighth game in a row over Georgia, cruising in Atlanta with a 41-24 win.
With falling apart at the seams for all the world to see yet again, Smart had some explaining to do.
Kirby Smart postgame press conference: Georgia HC speaks after awful loss
Despite having a former five-star on the bench in JT Daniels, Smart said he has the utmost confidence in starting quarterback Stetson Bennett. Of course, Bennett was sitting right next to him at the podium in the bowels of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. However, Bennett did about as good as he could do going toe-for-toe with Young, the lock to win the Heisman Trophy.
Smart knows nobody outside of his locker rooms in this team right now after what just happened. Georgia got its teeth kicked in yet again by Alabama. Though the Dawgs are going to have to beat the Crimson Tide if they want to win a national championship this year, at least Smart and his program will have an extra month to marinate on the latest beatdown that occurred in Atlanta.
And if there was a quote to top all quotes from Smart today, he said a defensive adjustment his team must make if they played Alabama again would be to not “leave people uncovered.” It was a rough day for the former Georgia defensive back and his primary position group of focus. Of course, Georgia has to beat presumably Michigan in the national semifinals for that to happen.
While Georgia remains a look to make the College Football Playoff, winning their first national title since 1980 feels so far out of reach after this latest disaster vs. Alabama.