Reading between the lines on Smart’s No-News-For-You day

April 16, 2016 Athens - Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason (10) throws the ball during the 2016 Georgia Bulldogs G-Day game at Sanford Stadium. TAYLOR CARPENTER / TAYLOR.CARPENTER@AJC.COM

Georgia freshman Jacob Eason was Georgia’s most impressive quarterback during the G-Day game at Sanford Stadium in the spring. (Taylor Carpenter / Taylor.Carpenter@ajc.com)

Kirby Smart isn’t saying who will start at quarterback in Georgia’s opener against North Carolina Saturday, even amid indications that freshman Jacob Eason will start over Greyson Lambert. There are only three possible reasons why Smart wouldn’t announce his starter.

Here’s my breakdown from Monday’s No News For You (!) Conference:

What Smart said: “No starter’s been named. We’ll get those guys ready. We’ll let you guys know.”

What Smart meant: “Do you think I wasn’t prepared for that question?”

Between The Lines: Smart either 1) Knows who will start but wants to keep it quiet until kickoff, or at least until the day before, when the team is sequestered in a hotel (favorite); 2) Is heavily leaning in one direction but wants to be sure in the next few days of practice to see how his candidate looks (also possible); 3) Really has no idea (extremely unlikely).

What Smart said (on playing “multiple” quarterbacks): “We’ll see how it goes. The first thing I have to do is figure out who’s taking the first snap before I worry about the next guy who will come in. But I think it will reveal itself in the next couple of days.”

What Smart meant: “Keep trying. I can figure out as many ways to not answer your questions as you can figure out how to ask them.”

Between The Lines: I believe if Eason starts, and he will play the entire game unless he runs into trouble. Otherwise it makes no sense to take him out. If Lambert starts, both quarterbacks will play. The difference: Eason needs playing time to develop and would be the starter in the near future regardless.

What Smart said (Eason recently handling more responsibility with playbook): “He’s done a good job. We’ve done a little more game-planning. We’ll make the decision based on the next couple of practices.”

What Smart meant: “Guys, I went to media training school in Tuscaloosa. Give it up.”

Between The Lines: Smart actually had an opening here if Eason was struggling. He didn’t take it. Personally, I think that was telling.

What Smart said (announcing a starter just to clear the air): “It’s a burden to you guys but it’s not a burden to me. For me the most important thing is making the right decision and who’s going to go out there and be successful. It’s never over. It’s continuous, just like who the right corner is.”

What Smart meant: “It’s a burden to you guys? Yea, I win.”

Between The Lines: I don’t know if I buy into the whole “gamesmanship” narrative about Smart not wanting to tip-off North Carolina. The Tar Heels’ defensive game plan doesn’t tip on this decision. I think it’s more about protecting his starting quarterback for a few more days. My guess is he hasn’t told either one of them, either. But he will soon.

If it’s even close between Eason and Lambert, then Eason will start. My guess: He starts.

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twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Didn't OSU just lose a receiver because the university said he violated student conduct codes?

Talk about exposed!

Free Tat U

Free Tat U

Free Tat U

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Didn't OSU just lose a reciever because the university said he violated student conduct codes? Yes, they did. What a shocker.

Most recent probabtion, VACATED, and BOWL BAN. Hahahahaha

free tat U

free tat U

free tat U

OH:IO
OH:IO

Bama suspends Tony Brown


SEC! SEC! 

BillyBarnard
BillyBarnard

IS THIS YOUR FIRST PREDICTION OF THE SEASON SCHULTZIE?  WHAT'S THE LINE ON EASON STARTING. HA


keydet01
keydet01

What's up with a tech and ohio fan bashing dawg fans on their article. This is laughable at best

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

They have no life, dawgs in their head 24/7, and we run this state. Thats what gives.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH IO

Ask TOJ.

He spent a year crowing it--as if it had a shred of validity--after the last of GT's rare wins over UGA.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

OH:ho ho's favorite tat "i heart herbie".

Been reading scout.com again lately OH:ho ho?

VACATED

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

There you go--living in the past again.

Lying hypocrite.

keydet01
keydet01

I've no dawg in this fight, but what is your motive here? Just curious, is this a hobby?

TOJacket
TOJacket

@keydet01 If you are addressing me...it's called "Clean Old Fashioned Hate"...it's very refreshing!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Nicholls State, dolt.

U LA LA, dope.

STILL waiting.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Torrance Gibson. Urbans crying. big bad bowling green. What a program.

Need a tat?

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Free tattoos, bowl ban, vacated, sweater vest.

OSU OSU OSU

OH:IO
OH:IO

2016 Fulmer Cup Update


dogs? A solid #2

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Have we had a bowl ban, tried to cover up free tattoos, been on probabtion and had our coach ousted for lying?

The "suspensions"

OH:IO
OH:IO

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida receiver Antonio Callaway, suspended much of the spring semester because a fellow student said he sexually assaulted her, has been cleared to play in the opener against UMass.


SEC! SEC!


Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO They are clearly not as good as Blowhio State is in covering up those types of things.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Free tattoos, cover up, bowl ban, probabtion, coach fired. OSU OSU OSU

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Kemp?

That's way in the past, isn't it?

You know, in the past, where you often claim on here you don't live?

Lying hypocrite.

OH:IO
OH:IO

I'm sure Chip is working on the exclusive to be reported on dog local interest. 

dawg fan
dawg fan

Yes, to hear Seth Emerson you would think Kirby is contractually obligated to make an "announcement."  I bet we'll only know for sure who the starter is when they trot out on the field for the first play and no sooner.  There will be plenty of leaks and rumors before then but Kirby will not be making any official "announcement."  Why?  Because he could care freaking less.  He's a football coach, not a PR guy.  Jeff, I bet the least desirable part of his job is having to talk to you knuckleheads and answer your stupid questions.  Can you confirm that with him at the next presser? 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@DawgNole


Already commented. University, not a football decision. One of many receivers, not a starter, not a 2. From Florida, go figure. 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Probation, bowl ban, vacated, fired coach, free tattoos. Little ten disgrace.

OSU OSU OSU

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Urban's "from florida," too--just like A. Hernandez.

Go figure.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Can't be "winning" if you're #2.

Stop lying again.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

He's another Ohio St slimeball.

Get that straight!