Georgia Approach was all about Winning

Tim Tebow's leadership goes way beyond what you see on the football field. According to Florida head coach Urban Meyer a player like Tebow doesn't come around too often. Meyer talked about that and more during his Sunday teleconference.

On the approach leading to Georgia
"It wasn't anything other than preparing to win the game. That's why I got together with the strength staff. Plus, there are some very good leaders on this team. The practices have been the last moth phenomenal. They've been staying focused on what's important and that's great fundamentals."

On positional competition…
"Linebacker, running back, wide receiver, defensive tackle and defensive end. And safety now that Will Hill is starting to come around. Then on special teams if you don't perform you're not going to play. We still have a few kids that could really care less if they play. But for the majority of the program, they want to play."

On Vanderbilt
"I watched the game when they beat Auburn. The energy and they're playing for a lot. It's the best Vanderbilt team we've faced since we've been here. They had some very good ones including a few first round draft picks. It's going to come down to Tuesday and Wednesday like it always does. Everything that will happen this week will happen on Tuesday and Wednesday in terms of preparation."

On enjoying the win…
"We enjoyed that win. Wins are too hard to get especially rivalry wins. My wife taught me that, make sure you enjoy that win, but then get back here first thing in the morning."

On the defense compared to '06…
"The '06 team set the bar. We're nowhere near that level yet. There are several ways to evaluate a football team, and field goal block is one of them. In my eight years of coaching, last year was the only year we did not block a field goal. The only thing it means is a lack of desire and a lack of toughness on your defensive side ball. Flip on last night's game, the effort and relentless play on field goal block, that's what we are right now as a team and as a defense."

On Tim Tebow's impact to the team…
"Without doubt the play of the game yesterday was Joe Haden's interception. I don't see this stuff because a lot of times people don't. Tim and Murphy went over to him and you can just hear on the tape, ‘you just turned the entire game around.' And they're screaming at him. Those are things you can't put a price tag on. You see Tim waving to the crowd and things like that, but you don't see where Tim's value is behind the scenes. You can't place a value on that, and you don't get to coach many guys like that."

On shifting around the defense on Tuesday…
"On Tuesday night we came in and we were in a little bit of a panic. We were moving around a little too much up front and what happens is you move out of your gap. We decided we were going to make the change and stick that eighth defender in the box. We made that decision on Tuesday night. We were going to force them into throwing situations."

On evaluating a team…
"I can usually tell on the practice field. Last year I never talked about admiring the team or their effort because it just wasn't there. It's not a slap at last year's team. It just wasn't there. The way college football is, you don't have mature teams very often. Although we're still very young, the maturity and professionalism is about as good as it's been."

On last year's defense…
"To not play hard and run to the football you're going to stick out like a sore thumb and you will not be playing on the field. That was certainly not the case yesterday. We at some points last year were held hostage by playing some people that shouldn't have been on the field."

On the defensive line…
"I think Coach McCarney is doing an excellent job and hopefully some day those guys will be though of very highly around here."

On strength trainer Mickey Marotti…
"He's the best in college football. That's one man's opinion, obviously, but we made a very sincere effort to hire Coach Mick. He's the head coach of the program after the first four. Like I said there's a lot of guys that can teach bench press and proper technique but he goes way beyond that. He trains the mind and the heart."

On first learning of Marotti…
"I first ran across him at Cincinnati. He was the strength coach of the basketball team and I kept hearing things about him. Our paths crossed again at Ohio State in '86. I went back in the early-90s to visit my family and heard about him and wrote down his name. It was then that strength became more than just lifting but motivation. He had all this stuff like the midnight lifts and the ripping off of t-shirts, which motivates young people. I remember taking notes and when we had an opening at Notre Dame I recommended we hire him and we did."

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