No matter who Jeff Lurie and the Philadelphia Eagles select as their next head coach, it is no sure thing that person will succeed. However, if history is any indicator, Lurie would be betting against severe odds if he goes with a college head coach.
The ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl. So with that, I looked at every head coach who has ever won a Super Bowl and looked at their career progression and experience prior to winning the ultimate prize in the NFL.
In the history of the NFL, Super Bowl-winning head coaches were predominantly previous coordinators at the NFL level. At the least, they had prior NFL experience in coaching in some capacity, but most held coordinator jobs at some point.
The only one that ever jumped right from the college coaching ranks to the head job in the NFL and actually won a Super Bowl in their first stint was ex-Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson back in the early 1990′s.
Think about that for a minute…only one guy has ever done that. One. And, that ...