In three years at Georgia, Kirby Smart has led the Bulldogs to some of their greatest success in over a decade. Unfortunately, his plans of making them a national champion have been thwarted in back-to-back years by SEC rival Alabama. But one top NFL coach seems to think that “the big one” is coming soon.
Speaking to DawgNation at the Arians Family Foundation golf tournament, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians had high praise for Smart. He complimented Smart’s passion, energy, and recruiting for the Bulldogs, and said he expects to see him “win the big one” soon.
“Kirby has done an unbelievable job, his passion and his energy are obvious, (and) he’s done a great job in recruiting…”
“The next step is he’s just got to win the big one, and I can see that in the future soon.”
It’s high praise coming from a man one would think might be more of an Alabama homer. Arians got one of his first big coaching jobs under Bear Bryant himself as a running backs coach from 1981 to 1982. He briefly returned to the Crimson Tide in 1997 as offensive coordinator under Mike DuBose.
Arians is one of the most respected figures in the NFL, and is set to take over as head coach in Tampa Bay after a year out of football.
As for Smart, he is heading into his fourth year at the helm in Georgia but is coming off two straight disappointing ends to the season.
Georgia won the SEC championship in 2017, only to lose to Alabama in the national title game in overtime.
Last year he led the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship Game again, only to fall once again to Alabama. That loss to the Crimson Tide was followed by an upset loss to Texas in the Sugar Bowl.
Smart has done well enough in simply getting Georgia into the conversation. But he still needs to finish the job.