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#1 Frez

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

Enlighten me please....

How many college coaches making the transition to the NFL (head coach position) have had success? I'm curious of what to really expect with our new college coaching staff from Syracuse.

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#2 playman

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

harbaugh, jimmy johnson.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:55 AM

Just off the top of my head

Successful (so far):
Jim Harbaugh
Pete Carroll
Tom Coughlin

Unsuccessful:
Saban
Spurrier
Petrino
Kiffin

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:22 AM

All the guys mentioned were successful college coaches.  What about .500 college coaches moving to the NFL?

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:26 AM

View Postreddogblitz, on 12 January 2013 - 12:22 AM, said:

All the guys mentioned were successful college coaches.  What about .500 college coaches moving to the NFL?

....and what about college coaches that had 3 years OC experience in the NFL prior to becoming a college HC?

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:32 AM

Some Marv Levy guy had a little success

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:33 AM

Can we focus please - how successful are USC qbs?

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:13 AM

Other Successful ones:
Jimmy Johnson
Barry Switzer

Other unsuccessful ones:
Steve Spurier
Lou Holtz
Bud Wilkinson
John McKay
Nick Saban
Mike Riley
Butch Davis
Bobby Petrino
Dennis Ericson
Frank Kush
Dick MacPherson (Syracuse)
Rick Brooks

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:38 AM

View Postreddogblitz, on 12 January 2013 - 03:13 AM, said:

Other Successful ones:
Jimmy Johnson
Barry Switzer

Other unsuccessful ones:
Steve Spurier
Lou Holtz
Bud Wilkinson
John McKay
Nick Saban
Mike Riley
Butch Davis
Bobby Petrino
Dennis Ericson
Frank Kush
Dick MacPherson (Syracuse)
Rick Brooks
The fail list is impressive. Also important to note is JJ was 1-15 first year with cowboys.

#10 Ed_Formerly_of_Roch

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:42 AM

One trend it seems to be is many had a very small amount of NFL experience compared to the years they had in college.  Spurrier may have been on some NFL staff years ago I believe, but then was in college for maybe close to 20 years??  Similar path for Holtz and Saban.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:06 AM

Bill Walsh....kinda successful

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:26 AM

With 4 yrs on the jets, two years as an OC for the Saints, and three years turning a team around at SU, I like the pic.  We were never getting a Gruden to come here.  Hiring a DC who has run a consistent top 10 defense is smart.  We just now know we're picking up LB, CB, and a QB in free agency or draft.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

A better question is how many former players, former NFL coordinators, and college head coaches have been successful in the NFL.

Ignoring his entire history doesn't make sense.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:44 AM

He has a 50/50 chance of winning a Super Bowl here. He either will or he won't. 2 possible outcomes. I'll take those odds.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:58 AM

Chan Gailey

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:51 AM

This is one of those questions for which there are an almost infinite number of variables, and I really don't think there's a "cookie cutter" answer other than to say it's very difficult if a coach is coming from college with little or no NFL experience.  I would not label Marrone a "college coach" -- he has significant NFL experience as a player, position coach, and coordinator.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

I never understand why we keep asking this question.  There isn't anything that can be learned.  The fact is coaches fail in groves coming from everywhere.  There's only one true formula : Get an excellent QB, a competent coach, and hope the chemistry between them is strong.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

View PostRealityCheck, on 12 January 2013 - 08:44 AM, said:

He has a 50/50 chance of winning a Super Bowl here. He either will or he won't. 2 possible outcomes. I'll take those odds.

Huh??  Throw away your diploma.

View Posteball, on 12 January 2013 - 09:51 AM, said:

This is one of those questions for which there are an almost infinite number of variables, and I really don't think there's a "cookie cutter" answer other than to say it's very difficult if a coach is coming from college with little or no NFL experience.  I would not label Marrone a "college coach" -- he has significant NFL experience as a player, position coach, and coordinator.

Well....he was Payton's Modkins in NO.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

View PostMr. WEO, on 12 January 2013 - 10:22 AM, said:

Well....he was Payton's Modkins in NO.

Since neither of us know what Marrone's exact responsibilities were in N.O., nor what Modkins' role was in Buffalo, I don't think you can make a blanket statement like that.  The only thing we are certain of is that neither called the plays on gameday.  I also think we can agree that Payton > Gailey.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:28 AM

View PostTriple Threat, on 12 January 2013 - 10:20 AM, said:

I never understand why we keep asking this question.  There isn't anything that can be learned.  The fact is coaches fail in groves coming from everywhere.  There's only one true formula : Get an excellent QB, a competent coach, and hope the chemistry between them is strong.
That's true for every winner there will be multiple losers. Reason being the winners tend to stay in their jobs a lot longer. Bills have had something like 4-5 coaches since bellichik took over in NE.