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2020 was not a successful year for Georgia football, but that doesn’t make it a failure


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2020 forces us to re-examine what a successful season looks like for #Georgia football

#Perhaps no one better summed #Georgia football this season when offensive coordinator #Todd #Monken spoke to reporters on #Tuesday.

“Obviously it was tough without having spring, without really the preparation you’d like,” #Monken said. “But at the end of the day no one really gives a shit.”

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#Georgia faced a number of obstacles this season. A pandemic. #Installing a new offense. #Three different starting quarterbacks. A fourth quarterback who was expected to start opting out before the start of the season. #Losing your two best defensive players before the biggest game of the season.

#In a year filled with bad beats and tough hands, #Georgia seemed to catch their fair share of them, often at the worst possible time.

#Everything that could’ve gone wrong this year for #Georgia did.

“We’re in a get-it-done business. There’s a lot of other teams that lose players, that didn’t have a spring, changed coaches, didn’t have as good of players as we have.

“Everybody has their own issues they’ve got to deal with.”

#Yet with all that went wrong this season, #Georgia is a bowl win away from finishing another season ranked in the top-10. #While #Georgia did lose to #Florida, the #Bulldogs could finish with two fewer defeats than the #Gators this season after #Florida was demolished by #Oklahoma on #Wednesday night.

#Georgia lost to #Alabama once again, but so has every team that played them in 2020. The #Bulldogs were the only team on the schedule to hold a lead on the #Crimson #Tide into the second half. #Given how JT #Daniels played in the back-half of the season it’s fair to wonder what he might’ve looked like in that game if healthy.

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#Based on the lofty standards that #Kirby #Smart holds #Georgia to, the 2020 season was not a successful one. #Georgia wants to compete for championships. #This was the first season since #Smart’s first year that #Bulldogs didn’t at least win the SEC #East.

#When you consider the hype surrounding the #Georgia defense, it wasn’t all that successful either. The #Bulldogs gave up over 40 points and 500 yards of offense in both losses this season. #It didn’t help that #Richard #LeCounte and #Jordan #Davis missed multiple games this year. #Even with those games and injuries, #Georgia still finished first in the SEC in yards per play allowed.

#Perhaps though there was a silver lining to those defensive performances this year. #It became crystal clear that no matter how great or talented your defense is, it’s not going to be able to stop a good offense in modern college football. #Slow down, sure. #But you can’t turn off the facet completely at this point.

#Which brings us to #Georgia’s offense this year. #In the losses to #Alabama and #Florida — the defining games of #Georgia’s 2020 season —the offense wasn’t good enough. #It got shut out in the second half against #Alabama. #Stetson #Bennett and D’#Wan #Mathis combined to complete nine passes in the #Florida loss.

The offense stunk in 2019, which is why #Todd #Monken was brought in after one year of #James #Coley. #While it did take time for things to get going for #Georgia, once JT #Daniels entered the picture for #Georgia, you started to see an offense that resembled what the #Crimson #Tide and #Gators have.

#In the final three games of the regular season, #Georgia averaged over 40 points a game and nearly 500 yards. #None of the teams #Georgia played were as good defensively as what the #Bulldogs will see against #Cincinnati on #Friday.

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#That game will be the best barometer for what #Georgia might really look like on offense in 2021.

“I do feel like we’ve been really hot as of lately,” #Daniels said. “I think a lot of young guys have matured tremendously from #George to #Jermaine to big #Warren on the line. There’s a lot of guys that have gotten a lot better. I think you’re seeing what that’s looking like now.

“Obviously a little later than we would have hoped.”

#Should #Daniels come back in 2021, he’ll have a lot of toys to play with. #Both he and #Monken spoke about the excitement about the future on #Tuesday, even if #Daniels said he hadn’t contemplated his future at this point in time.

The offense did develop over the course of the season. #Even if it didn’t happen as fast as everyone wants, including #Monken, that’s still a success. #We’ll see if #Georgia is able to carry it into 2021.

2020 was a dark year for many. #Hundreds of thousands of #Americans died due to the pandemic. A lot of joy was sucked from the world on all levels. #College football was no stranger to that.

The pandemic took away the comfort of being at #Sanford #Stadium with those who enjoy watching the #Bulldogs. #It took away a chance for #Georgia to really develop and mesh this season. #It even took away a game, as #Georgia’s senior day was cancelled due to issues within #Vanderbilt.

#We’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to COVID-19, nor are the #Bulldogs there yet either when it comes to being a title-winning team.

#But the day is always darkest before the dawn. #For all the struggles #Georgia had during 2020, it clearly found some success in pulling off a college football season. #Just the fact that #Georgia is going to play 10 games this year should be seen as a massive success when you remember how things felt in #August.

#In the black or white definition of success, 2020 was not a successful year for the #Georgia football program. #But hopefully — like the rest of us — #Georgia can use what it learned in this trying year to build to a better and brighter 2021.

A 2021 that is filled with less sh** and much, much more joy.

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