Interview with Kirby

Kirby : Thanks Thomas for your call.

me : I am humbled Kirby sir.

K : Do you think since it’s Thursday now that you could give it a rest about Vanderbilt ?

me : I have not spoken about Vandie since Sunday Kirby.

K : I am redshirting Ben Cleveland because I spoke with him and told him where he needs to improve.

me : You need help on the OL and he is going to NFL with Jacob Eason after 2018.

K : I am glad you brought-up Jacob Eason Thomas.  I have been playing him exclusively and you were on a longtime agenda about me doing so.

me : Yes Kirby but why did you not let him have any snaps with # 1 unit all Spring to have a well-oiled offense by now game 8 coming-up ?  And none in Fall until 3 weeks before kick-off ?  And then yank him the last week Fall Practices ?  And then yank him when he WON the UNC game for you ?  And then give Greyson Lambert the snaps with # 1 unit Monday and Tuesday before Nicholls State ?

K : I asked for this interview.  Not you Thomas.

me : No sir.  This is my dime.  I called you.  You sent me an e-mail and asked me to call this number.

K : I gave you my number to clear the air.

me : No sir.  You gave me your number Kirby because you want to tell me you are in charge.  And that I should not be harping on Vandie when we are trying to build a program here better than 4 losses a season the last 8 when I am (1) not subject to your 24-hour rule and (2) I am asking Kirby sir about (a) freshmen (b) offensive play calling and (c) special teams.  Why couldn’t we have had this conversation before now Kirby when you might have learned something from our questions as fans and done something about at least one of these glaring issues with you and your inexperience and frankly unprepared to be head coach paid the salary of one and getting nothing close to it.  So many seasoned coaches proven as head coach we could have had and now LSU gets one and we can’t ?  We should give up football.  Set us all loose free to the wind without a football program at all with this Greg McGarity cat in charge and he the worst AD we’ve ever had all sports across the gambit not the least of which is now you on top of all the other growing concerns about Greg McGarity installed as a puppet replacement by Mike Adam$ for his other puppet replacement red panties do you even know who I am jumbotron don’t drink and drive leaving today’s game.

K : I am talking about freshmen.  I played Jacob Eason like you wanted me to Thomas.

me : No sir.  I have no answer from you Kirby sir that if you are playing Jacob Eason, then why did you not prepare him as I said you should have January 12 ?

K : Because I considered Mark Richt had chosen Greyson Lambert as # 1 QB.  I want to play the more seasoned guys.

me : Fair enough but since you brought it up, you have done that across the board haven’t you Kirby sir ? Shying away from freshmen sir ?

K : Sure.  That is my policy.

me : Even if you have a real need at the position and even if you have seen him in 75 practices and in game situation as well Kirby game 1 vs UNC ?

K : Well I did change on Wednesday Nicholls State and went to Jacob Eason then.

me : No sir you did not Kirby sir.  You yanked him in Nicholls State and put in Greyson Lambert AGAIN.

K : I am coach.

me : But why then Kirby this predilection sir against freshmen ?

K : I thought Greyson Lambert had better command.

me : He was losing by double-digits when you finally put in Jacob Eason to bail you and Greyson Lambert both out or you lose to UNC.

K : I did not lose to UNC.

me : Why is that Kirby sir ?

K : Because I am in charge the coach I won.

me : Kirby sir this is really about all your freshmen too isn’t it ?  Not just Jacob Eason ?  You want to tell freshmen that you are in charge right Kirby ?  Show them ?

K : Yes, my Daddy was a high school coach and he taught me that Freshmen lose games.

me : When was that ?  Decades ago Kirby sir ?

K : Well yeah.  Jacob Eason has lost 3 games.

me : No sir he won every game except Ole Miss.  How did you fall behind 48 to nothing in that game ?

K : I am not talking about Ole Miss.  That is 24-hour rule of mine.

me : You talked about winning North Carolina game Kirby.

K : I am coach.  I am in charge.

me : So when it suits you there is no 24-hour rule ?

K : I am coach.

me : Kirby let me ask you this sir : When Nick Chubb had surgery did you think 38 carries 1st game back was good for him ?

K : The doctors cleared him Thomas.

me : The doctors expected you to run the 1 guy 38 times Kirby ?

K : I had Sony Michel too.

me : No sir Sony Michel had broken arm.

K : Well that is all Mark Richt left me.

me : No sir, you recruited Brian Herrien.  Why not play him some instead of running ragged these 2 injured guys ?

K : Brian Herrien is a freshman.  I have played him some.

me : Not really Kirby.  He got only a cameo appearance in Vandie loss.

K : I am not discussing Vanderbilt because of my 24-hour rule.

me : You’re kind of defensive aren’t you Kirby ?  I mean you did ask me to call you, right ?

K : I thought I could do you like the press and tell you what to ask and not ask ?

me : No sir my readers expect me to ask and to negotiate an answer from you.

K : My answer is that Brian Herrien is not better than Sony Michel and Nick Chubb.

me : Even with both of them coming-off injuries Kirby ?

K : When healthy they are the best 2 running backs in The SEC.

me : That’s the point that they were not healthy either one so why rely on them ?

K : I get a mulligan for 2016.  I want to save Brian Herrien for his senior year.

me : Kirby he will be gone after 2018 like a good bit of your recruiting class this year.  He is leading the team in rush per carry but you refuse to play him much.  Yank him back out as soon as he has a great run and none of the others are running the ball well early-on this season.  Seriously Kirby you ran a guy who clearly is NEVER going to be a running back on 4th and 1 to lose the game and kept-on keeping freshman Brain Herrien and freshman Elijah Holyfield on the bench.

K : Well after 4 or 5 practices I can tell if a player is Elite or not and play him on offense get him the ball then.  I want our 2 horses returning to get all the snaps really.  I moved a lot of guys around yesterday.

me : More bad things have been happening running the ball because you are in 2nd and long all the time Kirby.   Sony Michel is better out in space and you send him in and make him run right up the gut too.   And, you saw Mecole Hardman Jr. 60 practices Kirby and still had not played him.  And, yeah now before game 8 you made wholesale changes to a dozen guys and now have tied-up your coaching staff teaching ALL of them a new position.  But, you have done so Kirby sir without any move of any impact player to do anything about winning 2016.  They were cosmetic changes and why I asked if I could do this short interview and see if I couldn’t actually get you to answer the questions rather than kowtow to your demands that you can run roughshod over the rest of the press out there Kirby.  You made no move to get any of your freshmen class into a position to play them Kirby sir.  You said you would.  You promised them you would and sold it as a reason they come here 2016 and now again 2017 that you obviously have holes and need help and they can get immediate playing time.  Your idea of PT and mine, differ sir.  Isaac Nauta ?  Why not spread him out wide ?  Your receivers all drop the ball and the one good receiver you could sign you whiffed-on losing out to California Golden Bears and their # 76 recruiting class Kirby.  Julian Rochester why hold him back ?  Riley Ridley – didn’t he catch the ball against vols Kirby ?  Why he forgotten man at receiver ?  Charlie Woerner you have thrown all of 3 passes to. Why keep the logjam at TE when they are ALL better than the receivers you do play, when instead you could get your best 11 out there on offense at one time ?  Javon Wims Kirby ?  Why isn’t he played more ?  Everyone is dropping Jacob Eason’s passes, aren’t they all Kirby sir ?  Solomon Kindley you ripped the redshirt off of 4 games into the season for one game.  Now that is all he gets is one snap all year ?  Why all this misuse of your 2016 signing class at least # 7 nationally Kirby sir ?  Michail Carter you stole from Alabama the last moment.  Why can’t he get more PT too Kirby ?  What are you doing Kirby ?  David Marshall.  Tyler Clark.  And now you have 2 starting linebackers at least one of whom is going to be suspended for the rest of the season.  Why have him practice like you are Kirby when # 1 Rival Florida is next ?  Don’t you EVER practice the guy at the position you KNOW you have to play him at anyway ?  You make no sense for such a great student who made all A here at Georgia Kirby.  This has to be by design ?  You are purposely scuttling this 2016 season.  Alabama in 2007 was on Probation.  You have no excuse for ANY of this other than your hatred of freshmen.

K : I like Isaiah McKenzie.  And, I want Mecole to focus on defensive back and when he learns that we can talk about spreading him out wide on offense.  These other freshmen too will get to play some next year as sophomores and then as juniors even more.

me : We can all see you like Isaiah McKenzie Kirby.  You were left the # 93 experienced 2-Deep by Mark Richt Kirby.  You do have other options.  He is one of 85 scholarship players.  We’re not used to having 85.  You do.  And, you clearly play 58 instead.  Why ?  You refuse to play Mecole in your secondary. You are holding back Mecole Hardman Jr. just like you did Jacob Eason and like you are Brian Herrien.  And like you are Ben Cleveland. And all the other freshmen.

K : You said it Thomas that Mecole is a freshmen.

me : Yes and gone after 2018.

K : I am playing Mecole.

me : No sir you are not.  You redshirted him for the first several games and then only cameo role on special teams but not punt returner and not kick-off returner.

K : I am in charge as the coach Thomas.

me : So you really don’t want to discuss any of your decisions on the freshmen Kirby sir ?

K : No sir I do not Thomas.

me : Ok.  Let’s discuss the Offensive Play-Calling then, ok Kirby sir ?

K : I like to run the ball.

me : It makes your defense better.

K : Yes that’s right Thomas.

me : What about your Offensive Line blocking ?  And, do you think Jim Chaney presents a positive role model for the kids.  What does he weigh anyway ?

K : We’ve struggled in that offensive line area.  We need bigger guys.  Jim Chaney was a nose guard so he’s going to be big-boned.

me : So, if you need bigger guys to impose your will and run the ball, why are you running the ball ?  As for Jim Chaney’s bones, he seems to me to have enough fat on him to weigh over 400 lbs and why was he laughing during the Vandie game losing the whole game ?

K : Because I want to run.  I think that fewer bad things happen when you run the ball Thomas.  I told Jim Chaney to run the ball.  That’s why I hired him.  He was laughing because he told me that we’re not doing well running the ball and I pointed to the scoreboard and showed our defense is holding them because we’re running the ball controlling the clock and establishing field position by running the ball.

me : You have had eight nine and even ten in the box against you Kirby.  Again, Kirby sir, you TELEGRAPH your plays are to run the ball and say so in interviews. So Jim Chaney was laughing because he was proving his point that we’re not running the ball ?  As for you say your offensive line struggles to block, do you assimilate what you say Kirby – or, are just overwhelmed with it all with so many OBVIOUS areas you are unprepared to be a head coach at sir ?  And we have established your tailbacks both had injuries.  Therefore more bad things happen when you force an offensive strategy on a # 1 unit which frankly has been very poor running the ball.  There isn’t any one part of this I want to run the ball which was fitting with your team you do have.  And you would not let the freshmen play so we don’t know if they would have helped you to run the ball.

K : I want to run the ball Thomas, ok ?  Can I do that as the coach ?

me : No sir – you’ve been unable to do that all season long sir.  You even ran the ball with a minute to go before half losing.

K : Excuse me Thomas, may I run the ball if I want to ?

me : You’re the coach.  You’re in charge Kirby.

K : Ok so that is an answered question then isn’t it Thomas sir ?

me : Yes sir.  You are going to run the football.

K : Right.

me : Even if your personnel is wrong you say to even try to do that.  Even if you are losing.  Even if on 16 first down plays, you ran the ball only 36 yards them all stuffing the box on you.

K : A healthy Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are as good as any at running the ball.

me : Ok Kirby.  Ok.  That question is answered.

K : Thank you Thomas.

me : What about special teams Kirby ?

K : I hired the son of a coach who made his living for decades on special teams.

me : So let me ask you this Kirby sir : Do you feel your area of expertise as a coach is defense ?

K : Yes.

me : And no real experience offensively ?

K : I coached running backs 2005 here at Georgia.

me : Is that your only experience ever on offense Kirby ?

K : Yes.

me : And as running backs’ coach then that 1 year, you want to run the football ?

K : Correct.

me : And special teams Kirby sir ?

K : I have not been involved in special teams until this 2016 season.

me : How is it going ?

K : Ups and downs but we are headed in the right direction.

me : You kicked-off to the 3-yard line had it returned to our goal line, returned a kick-off to your own 3-yard line and gave up 10 points those 2 plays alone.

K : We did some areas of special teams well Thomas.  I have Isaiah McKenzie human joy stick back there returning punts.

me : Yes you made 3 field goals after missing 4 of the first 7.  And you had 8 balls punted to your lousy special teams and your one punt return man bobbled two of those and let all 8 roll past him.  He uses his body to catch the ball rather than his hands.  Reggie Davis is the only guy you have to return kick-offs or some of these freshmen we have been discussing would be great choices at kick-off returning Kirby sir ?

K : See ?  We made 3 field goals.

me : Pardon me sir ?

K : We’re headed in the right direction as a team on the whole.

me : You’ve lost 3 of the last 4 games.  You like to duck questions and change the topic don’t you Kirby ?

K : Those 3 of the last 4 games I’ve lost are all beyond the 24-hour rule.

me :  Then why did you JUST SAY  Kirby that you made 3 field goals 5 days ago Kirby ?  And, what is your record Kirby sir ?

K : We are nearly 6-1.  Things happen in The SEC Thomas.

me : Kirby sir you are 4-3.

K : We could have been 6-1.

me : You are NOT 6-1 Kirby sir.  And you could have lost to North Carolina too like Mark Richt.

K : We did not lose to North Carolina Thomas.

me : Because Jacob Eason came in and bailed you out you and Greyson Lambert.

K  : Right.  Good move by me.  Right Thomas ?

me: You took him back out Kirby sir after he got the lead.  Greyson Lambert didn’t do anything.

K : I think we’re slightly stronger running the ball with Greyson Lambert.

me : Kirby sir Greyson Lambert has in his career 29 rushes for minus 39 yards and leads the team with 7 fumbles all last season leading the team in fumbles except for Isaiah McKenzie.

K : I wasn’t here last year.

me : Don’t remind me Kirby, sir.  Did you get a call from Greg McGarity November 28 after Georgie tek yellowjackets’ game ?

K : Yes.

me : Did he offer you the job ?

K : I told Greg McGarity that it would be my dream to be head coach at my alma mater and my wife’s alma mater where she starred as starting guard on our basketball team which was so good.

me : Then why did you wait 6 weeks and 4 days to show-up ?

K : I wanted to win the national championship.  I owed it to those recruits there on Alabama’s team.

me : We offered you five times your salary there to be here.

K : Money isn’t everything Thomas.

me : Money isn’t everything ?  Neither is being here to see our team, coach our team, help our team get prepared for this year.  Being here isn’t everything to you either then is it Kirby sir ?

K : This year is a mulligan.  I wanted to be at Alabama.

me : You felt we could throw-away this season Kirby, sir ?  If you wanted to be at Alabama why did you say it would be your dream to come here and coach ?  I am confused.

K : I did not say that we could afford to throw-away this season Thomas.

me : Yeah, you did Kirby sir.  You tacitly said so because you would rather be there than to get a head start on 2016.  I have never even heard of anyone being allowed to take a job and then say hey can I do this at my old job for the next 6 weeks and 4 days ?  That’s really poor commitment to your new job and a bad omen to your success here Kirby. You know Kirby ?  Your job.  Your profession.  Your calling.  Head Coach Georgia Bulldogs.  You’re top 10 on Coaches’ Kirby because you are so far behind and so over-rated as a coach without really any experience at anything except defenses and surprisingly horrible as quick determination of ANY of your players as elite.  Maybe if you had been here November 28 when you lied to Greg McGarity it would be your dream TO BE HERE you might have figured-out by now to play your freshmen.

K : I owed Alabama’s players to finish what I started there.  Ok I have made some mistakes on the field and at practice forcing the wrong plays on the wrong guys and not looking at other alternatives along with poor clock management and frankly a bad defense I set-up on the Hail-Mary  vs. the vols.  I was trying to have cover guys out there not realizing all we had to do was line end zone and keep them out knock it down that they had to pass.  But being here in November would not have helped that.

me : No, sir, you owed fiduciary responsibility to UGA Kirby.  If we fire you here because you are not ready and let you learn how to be head coach at some place like Weeber State agricultural college, would you tell them that you want to stay here for 6 weeks and 4 days finishing-up your job here before you go there and learn how to be committed to a new job and the excitement of that Kirby sir ? And you don’t know if being here 6 weeks and 4 days earlier would have helped you or not.  What we definitely do know is you showing-up here so LATE sent the message to the fan base that you really didn’t want to be here and work on THIS TEAM.  You refused to be here even after Nick Saban said you should be here.  You’re just stubborn, aren’t you Kirby ?  You want to do what you want to do.  I am glad we’re having this heart-to-heart Kirby.  We all needed to hear these answers.  Why all the ranting and raving to the press when it is clear you could have answered these questions before now, couldn’t you have Kirby ?

K : No sir Thomas.  I owed fiduciary responsibility to Alabama.  I was their Defensive Coordinator.  I recruited those kids.  I needed to finish it out there Thomas.  I hoped I would not be forced to answer these questions honestly Thomas.  You’re not like the other press.  You hang right with it and demand the answer.

me : No sir.   You just didn’t want to answer.  They tried to get you to.   You needed to get here and get a top-notch staff and find out what you have and make sure you fill the holes.  And get ready to win 2016.  You have done whatever you want to whomever you want especially the freshmen since you got here and haven’t given a hang about the energy vampire you’ve been to the freshmen class – who could have so positively affected this 2016 season now over.

K : I am winning 2016 Thomas.

me : You did not get here until January 12.  And you’ve made a ton of mistakes with time-outs and adjustments and being bull-headed.

K : I did get here January 12 and I am from South Georgia so yes we’re conservative.  I’ve made some mistakes.  Are you a city boy Thomas ?

me : You said this would be your dream job to be our head coach Kirby sir and then did not show-up for 6 weeks and 4 days’ time sir.  And yes I live in Atlanta.  And yes you have made some mistakes Kirby and continue to make the same mistakes again and again.

K : Greg McGarity talked it over November 28 with Jere Morehead and both of them said it was ok for me to finish like I said I wanted to.

me : Nick Saban said in public it was a big mistake on your part to not be here at Georgia and stubbornly wanting for odd reasons to not be excited about your new job but do a 4th time that which you had already done 3 times.  Kirby, sir, are you saying that there was NO SEARCH FIRM ?  That on November 28 Greg McGarity offered you the job and you accepted ?  Shouldn’t we do an open records’ request and find-out just what that SERACH FIRM RECOMMENDATION DOES SAY ?

K : I saw that statement that Nick Saban said I should leave Alabama and be at my new job and I well ignored it.  I have not seen any SEARCH FIRM knowledge made public.  It should be.  All I know is I wanted this job badly and am ecstatic to be here.  Tom Herman wanted this job ?  We all knew at the time he was a top candidate for the job and that he was probably the top choice as proven head coach who might actually leave and be our coach instead of me.  There was a long list of coaches for the job I took here at Georgia and was not the only assistant looking to be promoted to our first head coaching job.  What did the search firm report actually say ?  I’d love to see that myself Thomas.  Yes do an open records’ request and my new law will get you an answer by the time the final record for 2016 is also finalized.  I hold little hope that I can win-out.

me : You’re good at that, aren’t you Kirby sir ?

K : I am good at defense.

me : There are 3 sides to the ball Kirby sir.

K : I got here.  We’re doing just fine Thomas.

me : You got here late Kirby sir and you and the team have been trying to play catch-up ever since.

K : We’re working on the culture here now.

me : No you started working on the culture here 6 weeks and 4 days after you could have.

K : We’ve got to throw the ball better that was what stuck with me about last year for Georgia.

me : So you put back in the same QB who could not throw ?

K : I was not playing a freshman QB.

me : You had to.

K : I don’t have to do anything.  I am the coach Thomas, sir.

me : Shane Beamer has done very poorly Kirby sir.

K : Shane Beamer is a great special teams’ coordinator who will do well in-time here at Georgia too. And I will be very involved in special teams.

me : You’re too involved in all aspects of the team.  Why not hire someone who is good at special teams and let him coach them since you admit you are weak in special teams’ experience yourself sir.  You are too involved in offensive play-calling telling Jim Chaney to just run the ball 16 times on first downs the last game you lost.  You know the third loss in the last 4 games Kirby ?  And not having the personnel in who can run it.  And against a stacked box.  Good Lord Kirby.  Give up some control of the small details to get a managerial overall view of the team.  Move some guys around at impact positions and change our fortunes the 2nd half of this season.  Quit making Jim Chaney laugh that he should have been doing anything BUT those 16 first downs you insisted he run on all 16 Kirby.  For Heaven’s Sake Kirby, I would have laughed at you openly to the homecoming crowd too making my point while you have some preconceived notion that WE MUST RUN EVERY PLAY because fewer bad things happen you say repeatedly Kirby.  More bad things happen when you do that – ESPECIALLY when you telegraph every play as a run.  Even on 4th down you kept the same play – Isaiah McKenzie to run.  I saw Isaiah McKenzie on the 2nd time-out there saying : “This is Vandie.  Come-on guys.  Let’s not LOSE to Vandie” with his poor body language.  You were too involved in your one player team Isaiah McKenzie ONLY to even see the negative effect that had in the huddle on all 85 scholarship players Kirby.  You should have run ANYONE but him because of that.  And what was that running play one minute before half where we all stood and booed YOU Kirby not Jim Chaney.  Instead again you act like all you have to run with or pass to is Isaiah McKenzie.  You really get stuck in your ways don’t you Kirby ?  One track mind.  You brag of making 3 field goals more than 24 hours ago today Kirby but you don’t discuss that a field goal at half would have given you the lead and therefore the win. Instead you throw a Hail Mary to the shortest smallest guy on the team with speed.  His prowess is out in space not jump balls Jesus Christ Kirby.  You had 8 more penalties willy-nilly sending in play calls and personnel that don’t fit the situation and frankly have been slow on the uptake Kirby to make necessary adjustments in-game.  You had a penalty at the end of the game that cost you the game when Jacob Eason ran to the 19-yard line red zone and had it called back.

K : They need to do their job.  That is all they need to concentrate on.  I am in charge Thomas not you.  And I am sure I am doing well at this as head coach at Georgia.  What are you Thomas ?  What do you do ?

me : Well they aren’t, are they Kirby sir – doing their job ?  I was a computer salesman.  Now this is my hobby and frankly it isn’t any fun with a lying coach forcing his will against the grain of his personnel and acting like he can recruit this great class coming-in telling them all too the same message you gave this year’s class that they should all come here and we obviously need them so they can get early playing time.  No they can’t.  Not next year any more than this year.  All you have done this morning Thursday morning Kirby is say that you are NOT playing any freshmen.  Do you even stop and consider the negative energy that is to these or indeed any ever who are freshmen with you establishing this precedent that you prefer seasoned guys who are not as good or as talented as the new guys.  And what was this moving around of so many of your personnel just prior to game 8 Kirby ?  Late to do that ?  Why not some of these IMPACT players we’ve discussed Kirby ?  Why no moves to get any of them involved finally ?  Why same play calls and only lip-service by you toward the freshmen instead of play calls designed to take advantage of the # 1 athlete Mecole Hardman Jr. on offense for example Kirby ?  Can’t you as coach design your strategies around the talent you do have instead of just always only forcing your own will on me, on the other press, on the freshmen, on Jim Chaney to only run the ball, on Shane Beamer to just play the guys back there on special teams who Mark Richt played back there as the # 100 special teams last year too ?  What are you doing Kirby ?  Do you even know sir ?

K : “You do whatever you have to do to win the game.”  As for me moving around a dozen players including multiples I made a mistake on moving them from one side of the ball to the other, I wasn’t going to play them anyway.  Good move on my part to move them Thomas.  And I am not going to play them on the other side of the ball I moved them too either.  I want all their dozen scholarships back. I’m out and have some more guys I want to come in and help us we can sign but I’m out of scholarships for more commitments 2017.

me : You have redefined grey-shirting Kirby.  I expected that coming from Alabama.  Jerk them around make them all unhappy, sign another big class with same promise of PT and not play them either.  Par for the course.  You will have no problem having MORE scholarships Kirby.  A ton of unhappy freshmen will just leave – Ben Cleveland for example.  Frankly, any and all your existing 2016 freshmen class Kirby all jerked around like at Alabama.  Here where there is TALENT unlike the state of Alabama, we DO PLAY our freshmen Kirby.  This is 2016 sir. Across the board in every category of your team all 3 sides of the ball Kirby sir you are NOT doing what you need to do to win the games.  You purposely categorically refuse to play any freshmen Kirby.  The more you talk and lie the more I am convinced you were right in the first place to NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS Kirby.  Who told you they prepared you to talk to the press ?  You’re a freshmen Kirby and should not be allowed to speak with the press and certainly have made a grave error in smarting-off to me that you wanted me to call you this morning Kirby.  You wanted ANYTHING but.

K : “We had kids here last year that were talented enough their freshman year who couldn’t get out there because of the complexity of the scheme.  I’m going to sell the scheme as a way to lead a kid there knowing he can get to the next level once he learns it but not be stupid on my part and not have the best players out there. It is a fine line between the two.”

me : It’s a fine line between what 2 Kirby ?

K : Freshmen and having the best players on the field.

me : I thought so since you don’t play the freshmen – only if kicking and screaming you are forced to.

K : I hold private practices Thomas.

me : They all come running to us to tell us.

K : I gag all the freshmen and all the assistant coaches.

me : They all run to us Kirby and tell us everything.

K : The freshmen don’t talk to y’all because I monitor their Twitter and Facebook etc.

me : It’s a good thing you gag all the freshmen Kirby because they would be none too kind to you if you did not.

K :  I would just not play them if they did Thomas.

me : You do that already Kirby.

K : “I’m looking for great competition because there’s some young talent that may be as talented or more talented than a guy ahead of them when it comes to jumping, running fast, but maybe they don’t have as much experience. There’s great competition there. We told them yesterday nobody’s job is safe on defense or offense. This is going to be a totally competitive environment where every position is up for competition. If you don’t compete every day then you’ll be moved. We want to create that competition. I think competition breeds a little more success. We’re going to challenge those guys to compete out there. The guys that have been around and played a lot of snaps, they have no guarantee of keeping those snaps because there are some talented guys behind them and we’re going to let them play. We’ll keep it simple for them and let them go.”

me : Unless they are freshmen.

K : “I Like Jacob’s arm talent. We know that. He can make a lot of throws” I said after just the 3rd Spring Practice at Sanford Stadium.

me : Then why didn’t you give him reps with # 1 unit to have a well-oiled offense by now then ?

K : Because he is a freshmen and has room to improve.  I wanted him to not feel everything is handed to him.

me : You had no choice Kirby.

K : I am the only one who does have a choice Thomas, sir.

me : You said you want a unified fan base.

K : That is a big part of the culture here that folks want Mark Richt to be coach and not me.

me : No sir.  We offered the job to you, you said it would be your dream, then you did not show-up for 6 weeks and 4 days’ time when we then fired him the very next day.

K : My job did not start here until January 12 and Greg McGarity and Jere Morehead said that would be fine with them.

me : Then, they both need to be fired and then after that you need to be put on a short-leash with the press, and your antics with them and made to improve your team THIS YEAR.  You better use this coming-clean interview this morning Kirby to clear the air as you say and belly-up to the questions from all of us – as you are this morning.  I do so appreciate you finally answering these burning questions Kirby sir we all have about you.  Why did you try to hide these answers sir ?  We’re all love you and respect you and want nothing but the best for you and our program.  You should not be so adversarial with all of us trying to help by asking questions.

K : This year is toast.  I might as well answer these questions, which is why I Kirby Smart head coach Georgia Bulldogs asked you to call me UGA Thomas Brown.

me : You got that right on both counts – that the season is wasted and that you asked me to call you to get these answers and that you should have and are glad you did.

K : How did Greyson Lambert having 7 fumbles last year have anything to do with me Thomas sir ?

me : Because it taught you of all folks with 3 of those fumbles against your Defense Kirby that Greyson Lambert DOES NOT make us slightly better running the ball than Jacob Eason.

K : You just want to disagree with me Thomas.

me : No sir.  I just want you to win some games and not lie to us and play the freshmen if they are better like you said you would, not punish them for being freshmen.

K : Freshmen make mistakes.

me : One Kirby you don’t have any seniors or juniors and two Kirby if you did they make mistakes too.

K : You said Thomas that freshmen make mistakes.

me : No sir Kirby what I said is that YOU SAID that if they are the most talented that you would know that after 4 or 5 practices and would play them and if on offense would get them the ball.

K : I am in charge and the freshmen can not play for me.  That is my mindset.

me : Thank you Kirby sir.  I appreciate your candor for once on questions asked.

K : You’re welcome Thomas sir.  This was refreshing to have a press conference on the phone.  I should do this more.

me : You should answer questions more Kirby.  Then we would all know where you are weak and could help you Kirby coach our team better.  What about the kicker you got Mitchell Wasson ?

K : I am in charge and we are changing the culture here which is like a steamship in the night.  Mitchell Wasson is a freshman.  I am redshirting him.

me : It’s like a steamship alright Kirby – out of date out of touch too slow to react and no plans to even try to win this year.  You don’t have a kicker who kicks the ball out of the end zone.  Does Mitchell Wasson do that or not Kirby ?

K : I will play the freshmen more Thomas.

me : Mighty convenient about your 24-hour rule Kirby where you say after the games that you haven’t seen the tape yet and then when you have the next day, is taboo to discuss beyond 24-hours.  And no, you won’t play the freshmen more this year Kirby.  And you won’t play the freshmen in next year’s 2017 signing class either.  Or the freshmen in the 2018 class.  By then, as a result, you will be gone when you had no upper class and had to play the freshmen no matter how long you stonewall everyone only now coming clean that freshmen make mistakes so even if they’re better you prefer the seasoned guys which you were afforded none of.  I do appreciate however for a brief moment in time here this Thursday morning Kirby that you did dispense for a change with ALL your non-answers.   You were better-off NOT answering them Kirby.  Boy are we in a mess for a long time coming.