- Aug 28, 2006
It’s not uncommon for coaches to have first year struggles. Saban lost to ULM and I’m sure I can find a bad loss for Dabo. Richt’s teams were weak on the lines and he got a frost QB. That’s not exactly the recipe for success. Lincoln Riley is considered one of the best offensive minds in college football and Smart shut his offense down in the second half after half time adjustments. I’d also say he bought himself some equity considering he had UGA’s best season in 30+ years. Too early to tell if he’ll be elite or not, but I’d say he’s good considering he’s one of the few active coaches to take a team to a national championship.
I think Kirby is a really good coach, but it's just too early to conclusively say he's better than Richt because Richt's Georgia teams played a lot like Kirby's did early in his tenure. Both coaches won 8 games in their first year. Richt's second year Georgia team won the SEC and would have been in the CFP if it existed, for example. Richt also lost the SECCG in his 3rd year, just like Kirby. It's eerily similar. Time will tell is Kirby can surpass Richt.