Kirby Smart to the NFL? Paul Finebaum addresses the possibility
Kirby Smart could decide to join the NFL in several years.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believed that Smart could test the waters in the NFL in the future. Smart just secured his 2nd national championship as Georgia’s head coach on Monday night. Finebaum indicated that a move from Smart would not happen immediately and he will remain at Georgia for the next few years.
Finebaum appeared on ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, JWill and Max and did not rule out the possibility of Smart leaving Georgia for the NFL down the road (Via ESPN College Football):
“Keyshawn, for today he is staying Georgia,” Finebaum said. “You saw what he’s doing there and we just got through with watching it with Nick Saban and it’s similar. It’s a little more of a player-related approach because he’s younger. Saban couldn’t do some of the things Kirby Smart has done throughout the last 15 years.”
In his explanation, Finebaum pointed out the age difference between Smart and Saban. He also mentioned the possibility of Smart being ready to leave college football:
“There will come a moment where Kirby Smart, let’s assume he’s won a couple of championships, he may say, ‘You know what? I’m out,'” Finebaum said.
Finebaum also mentioned Smart’s past experience as an assistant coach on Saban’s staff with the Miami Dolphins. Smart could decide to join the NFL as a head coach.