Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Saying the right things

UGASports subscription site has an article up today in which Willie Martinez pretty much accepts the full responsibility for the defensive shortcomings of last year's team. Pretty much a 100% "mea culpa," with only a short little reference to the injury problems, which he immediately says is not an's the coaching staff's job to get people ready to play, injuries or no injuries.

It's another example of UGA players and coaches saying all of the right things, and furthers my hopes that we may actually sneak up on some folks this year, if we tighten up on the myriad of mistakes that we saw last year, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Not going to link or post, since it's a subscriber site, but here is a small excerpt, featuring The Liberian Nightmare:

Linebacker Rennie Curran said the defense is more determined than he's ever seen.
"Nobody liked what happened to us last year," he said. "It was embarrassing. We haven't forgotten that."

Martinez said [they] won't.

"I hope they take it personal. It was us. We want to do a better job,"
Martinez said. "It's like anything any year, you're trying to build off the
positives but also learn from your mistakes, why they happened. A lot of times
too, guys didn't make plays when they were in position to make plays, but we've
got to do a better job. We've got to do a better job of finishing games. We
didn't put 60 minutes together in games. We should have and we're doing
everything in our power to make [sure] that doesn't happen again."


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