Kirby Smart responds to Dan Mullen’s smack talk: ‘We want to talk with our helmets’

Very few football games are decided by smack talk. Nevertheless, Florida's Dan Mullen has put on quite a show for UGA fans this spring.

UGA coach Kirby Smart took the high road on ESPN when asked about the smack talk from Florida coach Dan Mullen this offseason.

Mullen, while channeling his “inner Steve Spurrier,” has taken pot shots at Georgia throughout his booster-club travels this spring. One infamous one was Mullen ragging out the Bulldogs over losing Justin Fields, while another was Florida announcing a spring game attendance figure that was an epic troll of UGA’s national championship drought.

Kirby was asked about Mullen’s smack talk by ESPN’s Paul Finebaum.

“I just don’t know that there is a lot that we control by the words we say. Football is so much to me is played between the lines and the physicality of the people that play it. We are going to play a brand of football at Georgia that is physical and tough. We do not really want to talk to the opponents.

“If I go out and do that as a coach, how do I look to my players? It is not something that I enjoy doing or want to do. I just want to go work really hard and grind and play the game and may the best team win.

“I just don’t think you need that. That is not going to make Georgia great. We are not going to move up in the rankings by what I say. We are going to do it by how we play. We want to talk with our helmets. That is what we always talk about – we want to play a physical brand of football and not do it with our mouthpiece.”

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