Maybe I’m getting jaded, but I’m just not getting as worked up about Georgia players saying they think their defense is as good as anyone around heading into the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Probably because it rings familiar.
Sanders Commings pre-Alabama 2012 sounds pretty similar to Sanders Commings pre-LSU 2011.
“They’ve played well this year, but our players are just as good as theirs,” the Georgia cornerback said before the SEC championship game last year. “Our defense I think is better than theirs. I’m not going to be worried about how good they say they are or people saying that we don’t have a chance.”
And this week: “I think we’re the best defense in the country. I thought we were last year. We have 10 out of 11, guys back in the starting rotation. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be a top defense. Everybody that plays on this defense thinks we are.”
So when safety Bacarri Rambo said the following in the locker room Saturday, I didn’t see a rush to throw it online.
“You don’t play the game on paper,” Rambo said after the 42-10 win against Georgia Tech. “It’s just all going to come down to how we play on the field. I feel like we have better players (on defense) than anybody in the country at each position. We’ve just got to go out there and show everybody.”
Said linebacker Amarlo Herrera: “I feel the same. I back those guys up. I have’t seen anybody play better than us the second half of the season. I feel nobody has.”
LSU was favored by 13 ½ last year when the Tigers won 42-10. Alabama is favored by seven.
“We have to come out with the mentality that we’re not scared, we’re not intimidated, we’re not going to be bullied,” Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray said last year. “We deserve to be there just like they do.”
Of course, Murray isn’t talking this year.
Plenty of others are, which is fine by Georgia coach Mark Richt, who knows from Shawn Williams rant earlier this season that when Georgia players “get their blood hot, they play better.”
Richt hasn’t told his players to tone it down.
“You know what, they’re all young and excited, and they say what they want to say sometimes,” Richt said. “I don’t think it’s going to matter much what everybody says before the game. I think it’s going to matter what happens when we kick it off, so I’m not too worried about it.”
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