An early loss isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a team, according to Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin.

Kiffin detailed why Alabama’s Week 2 loss could actually end up being a good thing down the line during the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday.

Kiffin explained that the loss could end up benefiting the team in terms of getting into a better place for more meaningful games. And since the loss wasn’t against an SEC team, it doesn’t have as many implications.

“Sometimes an early loss can be good,” Kiffin said. “Not Alabama week, but I’m getting Alabama questions already. But I think they’re going to be in a better position than that because it wasn’t an SEC game. An early loss sometimes over time has been really good and better than a late loss as we’ve seen in order to get in the Playoffs and things.”

Kiffin has faced his fair share of early losses, including one that came during his time as offensive coordinator at Alabama.

In 2015, the Tide fell to Ole Miss in Week 3. Alabama went on to finish the season undefeated and claim a national championship, which emphasizes Kiffin’s point that an early loss isn’t always a bad thing.

Alabama has the chance to get back on track this Saturday when the Tide takes on South Florida at home.