TFW you need some click bait

Rivals’ Mike Farrell takes a dump on Kirby Smart.

First, he lists Georgia as the program that squanders the most talent.

1. Georgia — With three-straight No. 1 recruiting classes and a roster that is always seemingly loaded, there is no excuse for the Bulldogs to be in the middle of a 40-year national title drought. Despite coming a play away from a national title, Georgia has fallen short with more talent than anyone.

Next, his top ten list of head coaches omits Smart, although he’s got Lincoln Riley, for whom you could list the same faults, at number four.

Finally, just to make sure nobody missed the point, here’s what he has to say about Georgia being a program on the cusp:

Georgia: COACHING — Georgia has only been the playoff once and never made a run at the BCS title either so this boils down to coaching. The Bulldogs lost to a true freshman quarterback after having a 13-0 lead over Alabama at halftime in 2017 and it seemed like Nick Saban just had every answer needed while Kirby Smart did not.

Welp, I guess we’re well and truly fucked.  Seriously, Farrell’s methodology is questionable at best.  He dings Smart — who, as even he has to admit, has coached in a national title game — in part by blaming him for the program’s track record prior to Smart’s arrival.  And if we’re going down the “he’s no Nick Saban” path, there are an awful lot of other coaches who need to be similarly dinged.

Look, Kirby Smart is going to have to get over the Nick Saban hump, no question about it.  So does every other coach in the SEC, and, for that matter, every other active coach in America other than Dabo.  In other words, Mike Farrell squandered his post.

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46 responses to “TFW you need some click bait

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    He can’t say that about our football team! Only we can say that about our football team!

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  2. And hilariously, he lists both Florida and Texas A&M as schools that squander tons of talent, yet the Portal Master and Jimbo both get listed as among the “best coaches.”

    He might has well have turned that into a 2008-Bleacher-Report slideshow complete with 50 pages to click through.

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    • Texas Dawg

      Jimbo has a title (it may smell a little fishy but he has it) so I will give him a little bit of a pass. Dopey Dan has one SEC east title and nothing else. How he is ranked above Kirby who has owned him over the years is amazing. The one that I thought got a lot of disrespect was Gary Patterson. He has done more with less at TCU that Dopey Dan ever could dream of doing.

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      • dawgphan34

        according to the other post, Dopey Dan has 1 playoff appearance, same as Kirby Smart.

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        • Texas Dawg

          When has Dopey Dan been in the playoffs? I don’t recall Florida (Under Dopey Dan) or Miss State ever being there. Maybe I’m just getting old and forgetful?

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        • theorginaldawgabides

          Why are you trusting ‘the other post’? If you are really a ‘Phan’, you should be your own source and know Mullen the clown has never been close to a playoff appearance.

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  3. If Georgia plays in the ACC, BIG or PAC, they’re in at least every other year if not every. It doesn’t help that you have the perennial #1 program staring you down from the SECCG, if not the team that beat them. We have talked about this before, as has Dawgnation, and the combined factor of Bama or LSUs improved offenses, bad luck (this year especially with roster management) or last minute bad fortunes has kept us from it. We are one play away from a Natty and another QB sub and LB injury from being back in the playoffs in four short years. I’d say that’s pretty damn good. I can think of a 100+ programs that wishes they had our same bad fortune.

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  4. Down Island Way

    This guy didn’t take into consideration the “throw away year”, “the title year”, the year the dog ate my homework, “the year UGA football had all those facilities improvements”, wait till next year, UGA football will show that guy….

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  5. Godawg

    The problem’s not UGA, it’s Bama! Those bastards!

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  6. originaluglydawg

    I wonder what Kirby did to him.

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    • The Truth

      Exactly. Kirby has faults, but that whole, ahem, analysis reeks of “that’ll teach Kirby to blow me off at a press availability.”

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  7. atticus34

    Correct. Only one coach can have an argument. Dabo. Nobody else. Not Kirby, not Jimbo, not Riley, not Day, not Kelly, not Mullen, not Lane, not Franklin. O beat him once. Kirby has a long career ahead of him. It will not equal Sabans. However he will have a long career long after Saban leaves. The next 5 years will be fun to watch. But long after Saban leaves the key is who fills the void.

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  8. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    Who?

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  9. A coach in his 6th year is being compared to the greatest coach of this era at arguably the sport’s most dominant program. What’s wrong with that?

    Kirby is every bit of the coach as any of his peer colleagues. I would argue he would be every bit of the coach that Dabo is if he were in a league like the Almost Competitive Conference.

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    • Texas Dawg

      Kirby, Jimbo, Coach O, Dopey Dan. None are going to regularly ascend to the top until Saban retires. For these guys to even get out of their own conference, they have to overcome many other top tier programs and THEN overcome the best coach in CFB history. Put UGA in the ACC, BIG 12, or PAC 10 and they would be in the CFB playoff 9 out or 10 years.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      I wouldn’t go that far. Dabo has beaten Saban when it mattered twice. Dabo is the second best coach of the era and it’s not close.

      After him, the list is muddled, but Kirby even with his stubborn faults is better than Riley and Sideshow Dan the Clown.

      I don’t know who this stupid fuck is who wrote all that garbage, but he’s a fucking clown shoe.

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      • My only point is that Saban’s record in his first 5 years wasn’t even close to Kirby or Richt. Swinney’s first 5 year record was 47-20. Kirby’s record is 52-14.

        At this point in Kirby’s career, he is every bit the coach of Saban and Swinney.

        Kirby is one of the top 5 coaches in the game right now.

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        • fisheriesdawg

          Saban was 34-24-1 in his first five years, with a shared MAC title and three bowl appearances (Independence, Sun, Aloha), all losses.

          Even if you go with LSU as the measuring stick, Saban’s only distinguishing feature in that five-year run over Kirby was his split title in 2003 over Kirby’s loss to Alabama in 2017. Otherwise, Kirby’s run from 2016-2020 is more impressive.

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      • originaluglydawg

        Put Dabo’s ass in the SEC where he can’t do the following…
        1. Rest his starters for the second half of almost every single game.
        This avoids injuries. Now think about how beat up SEC teams are by late
        November. Dabo’s teams are fresh and rested.
        2. Play his backups for the full half of almost every single game.
        This is akin to having a practice game every week for your 2nds and
        3rds. What do you think that’s worth for the future?
        3. Play such a cupcake schedule that you can start working on playing
        Alabama for an hour or so a week as early in the season as you want.
        4. Not having to face LSU or Auburn or Georgia or Florida, ect. in your
        conference championship game and focusing on the playoffs is huge.
        Imagine the amount of work Kirby had to do to prepare for Auburn in
        ATL before he could start working on the playoff challenge.)

        Dabo is a good coach, but he’s got the easiest and sweetest situation
        any coach could ask for. There are several teams in the SEC that
        would win the ACC on a regular basis and reap all of those benefits.
        BTW…wanna see Dabo get very agitated? Point all of this out. Because when only a smidgen of it has been mentioned in the past, he has bristled.
        The reason he ran his mouth about Ohio State was to deflect from his own ridiculously easy situation.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

          And all of that is bullshit.

          Yeah, he gets what amounts to a free pass the
          to the playoffs every year, but those years he beat Bama, it’s not like Bama came into those games hobbling.

          Stop telling yourself lies to help you sleep at night. Dabo is a great coach.

          FFS, why do we as a fanbase always do shit like this?

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

          Also, we could do like Clemson and Bama and rest our starters more, but guess what? Kirby doesn’t go all gas no breaks on offense. He’s never done that. So our chances to rest guys are much less.

          You have a problem with that, take it up with our play not to lose coach. Dabo has the hardware. Twice. Until Kirby gets over himself and wins at least one, he’s not on the same level.

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          • originaluglydawg

            “That’s bullshit!” ???
            Is that the best you can do Corch?
            Sounds like my (unrefuted by you) points struck a nerve.
            You wearing orange today?
            Here’s another advantage CDS gets…he can (and does) tell potential players how much playing time they will get early. He can back it up with numbers.

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            • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

              Your points don’t need refuting because they’re all bullshit excuse making.

              They are bullshit. Why? Because when he’s gotten to the playoffs, Dabo wins.

              You can apply your rant to Lincoln Riley who’s never won anything after bulldozing an easy conference, but it doesn’t apply to Dabo.

              It’s just more of the same whining and crying a certain segment of our fanbase does to excuse away the fact that we haven’t won a title in 40 years.

              “Oh, if there was a playoff in 2002, we totally would’ve won!”

              “Oh, if Herbstreit wasn’t so mean to us, we totally would’ve won in 2007!”

              “Oh, the refs in 2017!”

              I’m sick of fans like you who don’t own our losses. Who make excuses.

              In all those years. you know what the prevailing them was? We lost games we shouldn’t have lost and weren’t in control of our own destinies. And then in 2017, despite the refs, we had a fourth quarter lead and instead of going all gas no breaks which is what Dabo would’ve done, Kirby went all breaks no gas, shut down our offense, and we lost.

              Own it. Stop making bullshit excuses for why everyone has it easier and why we’re fucking Oliver Twist begging for some more.

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              • PTC DAWG

                Yeah, they struck a nerve…it’s too easy.

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                  You’re goddamn right it struck a nerve.

                  If you’re not sick and tired of the whining and the excuse-making by a certain segment of our own fanbase, then you must be a whiner and excuse-maker.

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              • originaluglydawg

                You miss my point, Corch.
                I’m not making excuses. This has nothing to do with UGA..it’s about Clemson’s cakewalk to the playoffs and the advantages they gain by having a practice game every week while other conference teams are breaking their asses to avoid a couple of back breaking losses.
                I’m telling you the truth, Corch.
                You want Georgia in every year?
                Have them swap conferences with Clemson
                You may be a Clemmons fan and not like hearing it, but “That’s Bullshit” isn’t an argument.
                It’s an emotional response.
                Clemson is not going to make the playoffs very often if they’re in the SEC,
                because of all the still unrefuted by you reasons that I listed plus more.
                The ACC was 0 and 6 in bowl games for 2020. That’s the conference Dabo has to struggle through to get to the playoffs.
                Meanwhile the SEC went 7-2 against better competition. Much better.
                Put Georgia, Auburn, Florida, ‘Bama, LSU, A&M, and maybe even a couple other SEC teams in Clemson’s place and they do just as well.
                Clemson and Dabo have a cakewalk.
                It’s probably time to remove the automatic bid to the winner of that weak conference.
                The MAC or AAC would be more realistic and deserving.
                And not because Clemson isn’t good. The ARE good but it’s because they have a whole season of practice leading up to the playoffs.

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      • stoopnagle

        I don’t disagree. You have 7 straight conference titles and 2 national titles, then you’ve earned that spot behind Saban. Made me go back and look at his overall record since 2009:

        9-4 vs Tech
        6-5 vs S Car (it took 5 years for Dabo to get a W over on Spurrier)
        5-3 in NY6
        15-9 vs SEC teams (S. Car., Auburn, UGA, Bama, and A&M)
        2-1 vs Ohio St; 2-0 vs OU; 2-2 vs Bama; 1-1 vs LSU

        If FSU or Miami (or hell, Va Tech, even) ever pull themselves together, it might be a bit more of a row. It’s hard to ignore just how poor the ACC is at the moment…

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        • siskey

          Dabo is doing one hell of a job at Clemson but these numbers show that his success has been since signing Watson in 2014. If I recall the season before was the last with Boyd and that team finished 2d to FSU in the ACC and it was only in 2015 that Clemson began beating FSU every year. In 2014 they lost to FSU without Jameis because the then offensive coordinator would not run the ball on 4th and inches late in the game.
          I am very content with Kirby and think he is the person to get the job done here and while I would put Dabo above him I would look at who they play and how difficult it is to win and get ready for Bama, et al in the post season.

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    • Russ

      Spot on, EE. In 5 years as a head coach, he’s been to the NC game (lost in OT), won the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Peach Bowl, won the SECE three times in a row and won the SEC. Plus pulled in top recruiting classes. I’d say he’s doing just fine. Show me another first time HC who’s done better.

      His record against top 10 opponents is pretty dang good, too (which was a complaint against Richt, I believe).

      Pete Townsend said it best “Got a feeling ’21 is going to be a good year”.

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    • californiadawg

      Why does Dabo get a pass for taking 8 years to make Clemson elite? Kirby made it to the national championship in his second year as a head coach. Dopey Dan has been a head coach for 11 years and the closest he’s come to a natty is losing to Bama in Atlanta last season.

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  10. Remember the Quincy

    Does anyone even follow Rivals anymore? All I ever hear about in the recruiting realm is 247Sports.

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  11. W Cobb Dawg

    So the ‘other’ Doc from the TV series MASH is a sportswriter now? And while we’re rating people, Hawkeye was the better Doc.

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  12. SoCalDawg

    FTMF, this is such a lazy take — on Mullen: “…gave Alabama as much trouble as they could handle this year.” — did he actually watch the game?

    The final score did not indicate the nonchalance Bama had at towards FU at the end. Bama’s LOWEST win probability % the entire game was 82.8%, on a neutral field. Never was the win % on FU’s side of the line.

    The win probability % against us was 68.8% IN GEORGIA’s FAVOR deep in the 3rd. And they were at home, and we had Stet (try mightily as he did) leading the offense, not a Heisman finalist in the “Gators last game of the season.”

    Lazy. (and I agree w/ Hogbody – only WE can say that about our program!).

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  13. KornDawg

    I’d like to know what he defines as never having made a run at a BCS title. We never played in the game, no, but 2002 we were third, and 2007 and 2012 should also be considered. Granted, those were Richt’s seasons, but the BCS ceased to exist for all intents and purposes (intensive porpoises?) before CKS was hired.

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    • originaluglydawg

      Well he’s a shitass with an agenda. Never mind facts. Just innuendo will do for most reporters now-a-days.

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  14. Russ

    Oh, and we lost to a freshman QB while we were playing with a freshman QB. But whatever.

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  15. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    To be fair, Mark Richt couldn’t get over the Nick Saban hump either and that is the real reason he’s not coaching in Athens any more.

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    • No, the reason Mark Richt isn’t in Athens is the 2014 loss to Boom and the 2015 loss to the Sharkhumper in Jacksonville.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        I think the absolute beatdowns by Bama in 2008 and 2015 played a big part in it, as did completely biff’ing the end of the 2012 SEC Title Game.

        You make enough wrong decisions in pressure situations, and you prove that you can’t stay on the field with the best in other games, well, that’ll do you in at a program that expects to be at least LSU’s equal. And we should be. LSU has won 3 National Titles in the last 20 years. There is no reason on God’s green earth why we can’t be that. Why we shouldn’t be that, and why we’re not is why Mark Richt got fired.

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  16. TripleB

    I like Kirby. I think we always have a shot with him. Also, it takes time and luck. Just because we now have the internet doesn’t mean everything now happens overnight.

    If not Kirby, who you gonna hire to replace him? How many schools in this country would NOT trade coaches with us? Three or four tops. Would Florida trade coaches with us? I’m sure they would and they’d probably throw in some future first round picks to boot!

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