Alabama Football: Grading the SEC football head coaches

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Florida Head Coach: Dan Mullen; A

The Gators are now clearly the best team in the SEC East. All signs point to an SEC Championship contest against the Crimson Tide in a few weeks. Mullen’s Florida offense is nearly as explosive as Steve Sarkisian’s Alabama football offense. The defense has been a disappointment but the Gators are a strong team.

Texas A&M Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher; A

Those of us having written off Jimbo need to admit he has finally built solid footing in College Station. The Aggies might be the second-best team in the entire SEC. Despite the loss to the Crimson Tide, they are not out of contention for the CFB Playoff.

Ole Miss Head Coach: Lane Kiffin; B

The mercurial Kiffin has rescued Ole Miss from the doldrums. Much work remains in Oxford but credit Kiffin for a marked improvement. The 2020 record may not reflect how much better Kiffin has made Ole Miss.

Auburn Head Coach: Gus Malzahn; B

With two gifted wins, the Tigers remain relevant. Gus is doing his usual mediocre work and still getting graded too high for it. Based on his history, Auburn remains a threat to bizarrely win big games.

Kentucky Head Coach: Mark Stoops; B

Mark Stoops has done great work in Lexington. It is likely his strong work cannot achieve higher results at Kentucky.

Georgia Head Coach: Kirby Smart; B-

Kirby is delivering an ‘average’ performance. Given the recruiting advantage the state of Georgia gives him, he should be getting better results. He is a strong recruiter. He is an above-average defensive coach. Still, he has not proven himself as a top head coach at a program with the resources to be elite.