ATHENS — Kirby Smart said his offensive philosophy at Georgia will boil down to this: “Go get good players, get them the ball.”
So does that mean a pro style offense, or a spread, or something else? Smart didn’t want to say Monday at his introductory press conference.
“Now to say are you going to be spread or are you going to be pro? I don’t think you can pigeon hole yourself into that,” Smart said. “I like to think you’ve got to be both in both situations. You’ve got to utilize the talent you have on your team. What kind of players do you have on your team? What does it set up to be successful?”
That includes players with the ability to make explosive plays.
“I think that was lacking in somewhat last year here on this team,” Smart said, meaning Georgia. “The perimeter guys, you want to be able to make explosive guys.
Alabama has run a pro-style offense in the past, almost identical to Georgia’s, though this year under Lane Kiffin there were some other pass elements.
But both Georgia and Alabama have used star tailbacks. Alabama’s Derrick Henry – who was committed to Georgia at one point – is a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. And Georgia has Nick Chubb, assuming he’s healthy next year, and Sony Michel.
“You have to have balance. You want to be able to run the football and throw the football,” Smart said. “It’s proven over time that if you’re one dimensional, you’ll eventually get stopped.”