Former Georgia QB Takes Shot At Kirby Smart After Loss

first_imgKirby Smart reacting to a Georgia football game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)After Georgia’s 20-17 loss to South Carolina on Saturday, head coach Kirby Smart’s late-game management came into question. Much of the scrutiny revolved around what happened in the final seconds of regulation.With third-and-5 from the South Carolina 38-yard line and eight seconds on the clock, Georgia tried to run a play to set up a shorter field goal attempt. However, an illegal shift penalty pushed the Bulldogs back out of field goal range and sent the game into overtime.Former Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason, who played under Mark Richt, offered some criticism of Smart during an appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Monday.Mason agreed with Smart’s decision to try and gain more yardage before kicking, but thought his indecisiveness may have led to the penalty. Mason thought Smart was “unprepared for the moment” and “kind of got caught with his pants down.”“I think Kirby’s exactly right, there’s not a coach in America that is not going to try to get a couple extra yards with eight seconds left,” Mason said, via247Sports, “especially when you have the most trustworthy quarterback in Jake Fromm. He’s taught, and he would have, just thrown the ball out of bounds if nothing was there. My core problem with this is that Kirby Smart was unprepared for the moment.“And I mean that by, if you remember the play was called in late from (offensive coordinator) James Coley, there were no timeouts left, Fromm then audibled at the line of scrimmage with under five seconds, illegal shift bumps them out of field goal range. The angle that nobody is talking about is why did the play take so long to get in? And it only points back to Kirby. Because in the situation there, Kirby is trying to decide, ‘Am I going to punt it? Am I going to go for it? Am I going to kick a field goal?’ And the problem is, he should have been a play ahead, two steps ahead thinking about these things.”Georgia still controls its own destiny in the SEC East, with its annual rivalry game against Florida likely deciding the division championship. The Bulldogs can reach the College Football Playoff if they win out and beat Alabama or LSU in the SEC title game.However, they’ve put themselves behind the 8-ball by losing to the Gamecocks. Because of that, don’t expect Smart to be taken out from under the microscope any time soon.last_img

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