Kirby Smart walked into his weekly press conference on Monday trying to convince everyone that the team had moved on from the previous weekend's heartbreak.
"Our 24 hours are up," the Georgia head coach said, referring to his team's "24-hour rule" in which everyone must move on from the previous week's game regardless of the result.
But after taking a few questions from the various beat writers, someone was finally so bold to ask Smart what he saw on the film when watching Tennessee's Hail Mary pass for a touchdown to beat Georgia 34-31 Saturday.
Smart didn't shy away from the question. Here is his full answer:
"Well, I think philosophically, you have to have a belief in something you believe in, and that's something I believe in for a long time, coaching 17, 18 years. I've seen it done that way a long time. To be honest, every kid on the field executed their job. We got a little boxed out by the big guy. It wasn't like you could watch the play and say, 'This guy didn't do what I told him to do.' He got out-jumped, and that guy timed his jump a lot better than we did. Everybody saw. [Dominick Sanders] and [Quincy Mauger] were in position. He jumped up, the guy got the ball at the highest point. [Lorenzo Carter] kind of got surged back on him. He ended behind it instead of coming forward, into the jump. He ended up behind it and kind of got pushed back by everything. But at the end of the day, their guy timed the jump almost perfectly, got the ball at the highest point. We've got guys right at that same point, and we can't get the ball out. Again, it's not philosophically that I feel like it's the wrong thing. It's executing it and maybe practicing it more and finding some other ways to play it. "
A reporter said he hated to ask a follow up, but he did anyway, asking about what led to the play call on defense.
"You have to make a decision on how you're going to rush that, and you know, different yard lines, we do different things. The closer they get, the more it becomes a normal play. The further out they get, the more they want to defend the people that are going vertical. That's the decision there, and some different things we can do game wise. We're going to play the best we can play with putting our best jumper and our biggest guy out there to defend the pass, that's what you're forced to do. That's not what everyone does. It's not what we'll always do. But philosophically, that's what we felt like. We discussed it coming out of the timeout, and we wanted to go with what we practiced. And that's what we practiced. We practiced it in camp. It's what we walk through. It's what we do every Thursday. And we just simply went with our philosophy. We trusted in that. That's not to say that it will be the same all the time, by all means."
Finally, Smart was ready to move on and focus on the team's upcoming road game against South Carolina Saturday.
"You guys can linger on it as long as you want to, but we're gone. We gotta go. We gotta move on."