Safety Shawn Williams’ pointed public comments on Monday night calling out the Georgia defense as “soft” and not playing with any emotion is now being viewed in a positive light by coach Mark Richt.
“Do I think it was a catalyst to help jolt our guys a little bit?” Richt said. “I think so. At least we’ll see how the reaction is on Saturday. I do think that the guys have an expectation like everybody else and they know they haven’t met that expectation, so they want to do better. They do care very much and we do have a very good, unified group even though sometimes in the family somebody might say something you don’t like. It hurts your feelings, but in the end, it was done with the intentions of making things better and that’s what I think everybody’s focusing on right now.”
National analysts weighed in this week.
“Up until now and actually for the last several years despite having winning records, Georgia has been a triple-ply, Charmin-soft-type of football team that has not played tough football,” said former NFL lineman Randy Cross of CBS Sports Network on Georgia being soft.
Said former Florida coach Ron Zook on the same network: “I would be shocked, shocked, if Georgia doesn’t come out there breathing smoke.”