Kirby Smart’s secret sauce: Challenged Georgia defense to match historic teams

Kirby Smart took things to the highest level when challenging the 2021 Georgia defense to be “elite” last season.

“We compared this defense to the greatest defenses in all of college football history, we didn’t compare them to the other five teams in college football,” Smart revealed during his appearance on Birmingham’s WJOX radio on Wednesday.

“We compared them to the teams from 10 or 15 years past,” Smart said. “They bought into that, they really liked the competition and being the best.”

Smart built one of the most dominant defenses in college football history last season, developing a unit that led the country and produced a record number of first-round NFL draft picks.

The Bulldogs set a modern-era record for the fewest points per game allowed in a 12-game regular season (6.9).


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