ATHENS - Just as Shawn Williams didn't mince words when he ripped the play of his Georgia defense, Christian Robinson didn't hide his offense at them.
On Monday night, Williams said that inside linebackers Amarlo Herrera and Alec Ogletree need to play more. By implication that was a shot at Robinson and Mike Gilliard, the other two inside linebackers who play. (But Herrera and Ogletree are starters.)
"No one wants to hear that. No football player wants to hear they're soft," Robinson said. "That's not the way I go about it."
Robinson admitted that hearing the comments hurt.
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"It does. It does," he said. "But at the same time, nothing you hear is 100 percent true, and 100 percent wrong. I take it as: We have been a little soft. But has that gotten us beat? I don't think so."
Gilliard was not brought up to meet the media on Tuesday, but he made his feelings known on Twitter.
"Laughing at what someone just told me to go read about yesterdays post practice comments," Gilliard wrote. "Don't mention my name until you go back and look at the results these past two seasons."
(To be fair, Williams never mentioned Gilliard or Robinson by name. He just said the other inside linebackers need to be playing.)
Gilliard ranks fifth on the team this year in tackles, with 35. Robinson is farther down the list, at 16, and has served in a reserve role ever since the beginning of last year. But he has remained one of the team's most visible players.
"I feel like I am a leader," Robinson said. "I might not be the best player on this team, obviously. I figured that out a long time ago. But I'm gonna come and give it my all every day and I think my teammates do that as well."
Robinson was asked if Williams' comments would be talked about in the meeting room.
"I think we'll hear about it obviously, as a team," he said. "But at the same time what I'm focusing on is Florida. On that note, if we don't come together in the next few days - I think it'll be easy. We just need to play. ... I think it'll turn positive no matter what. No matter whether people think that was what was needed, or we just come together and say we haven't gotten it done."
Robinson said he was on the field for a little more than 20 snaps at Kentucky. He didn't dispute that the defense overall may have played soft.
"We have to get better," Robinson said. "I'm not gonna point fingers. I'm not gonna say it was this guy, that guy, because that would be very easy for me to do. I could go back to other games, and say what happened in this game, and I could point fingers. But that's too easy."
And while he didn't hide his personal reaction to Williams' comments, Robinson wanted to convey that he thought the team would be able to move on.
"I don't know what you all did to (Williams) last night," Robinson said to the media, laughing. "I think we're just gonna have to stick together. It wasn't what I wanted to hear, but we all make mistakes."