Opinion: Fans Wanting Kirby Smart Gone Are Absolutely Crazy

Opinion: Fans Wanting Kirby Smart Gone Are Absolutely Crazy

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Opinion: Fans Wanting Kirby Smart Gone Are Absolutely Crazy


Things are looking a lot different for Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs as opposed to last week.  The former second-ranked team fell 36-16 in Baton Rouge on Saturday, causing a widespread panic amongst the Bulldog nation.

The fan base is disappointed over the loss but realistic in expectation. Few expected this 2018 Georgia team, who lost an unprecedented amount of star power (at least for Georgia), to go undefeated, and if you did, we think you might be lying.

As ESPN’s Heather Dinich points out, 13 of the 16 College Football Playoff participants have had a loss going into the tournament, with the 2017 Bulldogs being one of them. Only three teams have entered the Playoff undefeated.

The season is still very much alive for Georgia, as it showed last year, following an embarrassing loss to Auburn.  The Bulldogs control their own destiny with a bye week coming up at just the right time.

Being the coach that he is, we fully expect Kirby Smart to whip the Dawgs into shape ahead of Florida, a crucial game in the SEC East race.

Atlanta is in reach for the Bulldogs.

However, the next two games can send Georgia into a crazy spiral. What is worked on in this bye week will determine the fate of the young team’s season and playoff hopes.

Beat Florida and things are looking good. Continue that success with Kentucky, and the Bulldogs defend their Eastern division title.

The roster is very young in Athens and the future bright. Many Georgia fans believe in Smart’s process and are willing to sit through the surprising defeats, understanding that though he may have led the Dawgs to a national championship game, he is still a relatively inexperienced head coach in just his third season.

However, there are a few fans out there that lack that patience.

We get it, the Bulldogs have not won a national title since 1980. Smart got them as close to glory as they have been in three decades last season.

A road loss to a desperate LSU Tigers team should not put Smart anywhere near the hot seat. Yes, coach Smart was to blame for several errors on Saturday, but wanting him out of Athens is the most absurd Georgia-related complaint I’ve ever heard. Along with Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, Smart is the best young mind in college football. Get rid of him and Georgia may take 10 years to recover.

The third-year head coach is 0-3 on the road against SEC West teams, but it will be ok.

Nick Saban is the king of college football right now, but that did not happen overnight. His Michigan State teams were below average. It was Saban’s 10th season as head coach where he finally won a BCS Championship in 2003 with LSU. Smart is in his third season, and almost won it in his second.

After the magical ride of last season, it’s not fair to criticize Smart for a 6-1 start.  If the Bulldogs wind up 9-3 or worse, then surely there is room for criticism. However, the idea of firing Smart is ludicrous.

Remember that Auburn is 4-3, with a 1-3 record in conference play before worrying about Smart. Gus Malzahn’s new contract is looking rather foolish right about now.

Those of you calling for Smart’s head need to look at the big picture. That No. 1 recruiting class last year, well they’re only freshman right now, be patient. That No. 3 overall ranked class Smart has at the moment? Kiss them goodbye if he were shown the door.

There is a lot of football left to be played and the Bulldogs are already bowl eligible.

In the words of Bob Marley…

“Singing’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright.”

Take a deep breath everyone, it was just one game.

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