Kirby Smart addresses the post-championship offseason, how to battle complacency
Kirby Smart believes all offseasons are different, no matter if a team has won a national title or not.
The Georgia coach on Wednesday at SEC Media Days was asked how he handles the offseason depending on how the previous season finished. Smart recalled his first season at LSU came after a championship season for the Tigers, and they were “uber talented,” he said.
“That was probably one of the toughest jobs, you had complacency,” Smart said. “You had guys that were going to be first-round picks no matter how they played off of how they played the year they won the national championship.”
He then recalled the 4 national championships he was a part of at Alabama, and shifted to his current staff, which he described as the best staff he’s had at Georgia as the head coach.
“They know how to manage this situation,” Smart said. “We’ve got 3 or 4 coaches who’ve done this before, in terms of having won a championship and understanding what it takes to do it again. It’s really every situation’s different, because I’ve been on a lot of teams that had a lot of talent coming back, and I’ve had a lot of them having to replace talent. We’re having to replace a lot of really great football players, the great news is we’ve recruited well. We’ve got good football players. We need experience. But what I love about it is complacency’s not the concern. Experience is the concern, and our kids will buy into that and we’ll get them ready in fall camp.”