We have to change our ways, that's a positive. Hopefully we won't put a performance like this on again. Even though Alabama is a bigger and stronger team, we should have bee more competitive. A turnover here or there may have helped us win the game, but we got no turnovers.
To finish second in the SEC East is a wonderful season for our team. Obviously, we were not picked that high. To qualify for a bowl game, that was our big goal for our team. We felt it was achievable and realistic and our guys went out and won seven games to go to the bowl game.
Certainly that Georgia job is one of the best in the country.
I don't take any particular shot at Georgia, but the poor-mouthing is getting old every year. I don't blame Ray for doing it because he learned under the best in Vince Dooley. And the thing is, it usually worked.
There's not too much to say. Alabama thoroughly beat us. They are a better team. They were coached better, they played better, and they looked like they will have a big season. They have a heck of a team.
We have some building to do. If you're not controlling the line of scrimmage, it's going to be tough. You have to at least break even along the line and obviously we're not doing that.
It seemed like we were playing catchup (the whole game). We were out of it early in the third quarter. We thought we could change something up with Antonio in there but he had a tough time communicating the plays.
The time I went there, they weren't near the team they are now, ... A different environment, completely different. A different team. A different head coach. The fans, probably their enthusiasm is about 10 times greater than it was that day.
Their styles are very similar, ... He's learned a lot, he has a wonderful attitude and has tried to learn as much as he can. For a first-year quarterback in a brand new offense, he had a good night the other night.
It's not going to be that easy the rest of the season, ... Blake has to play extremely well for us to have a chance (against Georgia).
All I can say is that I'm going to try to coach the way I've coached in the past. And if it ends up not being good enough, then so be it.
Our coaches want to be a part of South Carolina football when they win it for the first time. When they win the division, when they win the SEC, win a major bowl game, etc. The opportunities to do it all for the first time here make it extra special.
I think I've got an outstanding defensive assistant staff that's really going to help us have consistent, strong defenses. And offensively, we have an excellent staff. We've got some younger guys on offense, but that's what I coach and have my entire coaching career.
Number four, we're going to play like winners, play the game the way it's meant to be played. Don't get full of yourself if something good happens. Don't get too depressed when something bad happens.
Number three, we're going to play very smart and we're not going to beat ourselves. If the other team is better than us and they just out execute us and play better then we can live with that, but we're going to play smart and give ourselves every opportunity to win the game.