Week following a loss always a tough one

ATHENS – It's been a while since the Georgia football team had to deal with a loss, and unfortunately for the Dogs, it never gets any easier.

"It's a somber feeling," said senior wide receiver Sean Bailey, "because you're not going to feel completely better until you go back out there on Saturday. You try to put it behind you as fast as possible, but the team's not going to feel good until we get another win."

It's not easy to just move on, though, especially when the days between games seem to stretch on forever, and instead of glowing praise all the players hear is criticism from media and fans alike.

"I'm glad we've got a game. I'm glad we don't have an open date. That'd have been awful," head coach Mark Richt said. "It's after a loss you wish you played baseball or basketball or something like that so you can go back and get that taste out of your mouth a little bit sooner than having to wait a week."

The team's response that next week is the critical issue.

"Everybody comes in with an attitude," senior running back Thomas Brown said of practice following a loss. "This game is not fun at all when you lose. The only reason we play for the most part is for one to be good at it, and two is because we want to win."

Senior wide receiver Mikey Henderson echoed his teammates' sentiments, saying nothing except getting out on the field that next Saturday will totally cure the team's feelings from the previous loss.

"It's a tough week. Obviously everybody's still thinking about that loss, but you've got to get it out of your system," Henderson said.

The role of the coaching staff, while never unimportant, becomes even more pronounced in a week like this one in maintaining a team's composure and psyche.

Said Henderson: "They've been there. They know how it is after you lose a game. They know how the players feel. They're trying to get us back focused – not worrying about South Carolina, and trying to focus our minds on Western Carolina."

Bailey agreed with his fellow senior receiver, and added: "(The coaches are) just staying on top of us, making sure we're working to get better everyday."

"That's the key," he said. "Just to go out and there and know when you're done with the day, that you got better today.


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