Marc Weiszer makes a solid point about Kirby’s decision making so far this season.
Social media has not been kind to Smart in past quarterback decisions — ones with more riding than a home game against a Group of Five team in UAB, who was more than a three-touchdown underdog.
There’s the narrative of how he could let future NFL first-round draft pick Justin Fields transfer to Ohio State while Jake Fromm, now a practice squad player in Buffalo, held on to his starting job. All Fromm did was lead Georgia within a busted defensive play of a national title and then back to the SEC championship game the next season.
There’s the question that still comes up about why JT Daniels didn’t get on the field until game seven last year. Coming off a torn ACL at Southern Cal, Daniels finally got the call after Georgia was all but out of the SEC East race.
Fair or not, that’s been the narrative. Yesterday’s results won’t change that, but who cares? Smart pushed the right button. Add to that which coach made the questionable decision to go for it on fourth down in Georgia’s opener, and you’re justified in thinking maybe, just maybe, Kirby Smart’s got his in-game shit together. At the least, he hasn’t made a bad move yet.