Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/17/14
There have been a couple of college coaches who have made a successful transition from a college program into the NFL, two people that come to mind are Barry Switzer with the Dallas Cowboys and more recently Jim Harbough with San Francisco. Switzer did have a dismal start, but turned it around into a three Super Bowl victories and Harbough has re-energized the 49ers fan base and brought the team to the playoffs in his two years, reaching the NFC Conference Championship last year and are the number two seed this year. There are also a number of situations with highly successful college coaches jumping to the NFL with their mind set on doing things the way they want and thinking they would be the one and only ending terribly, see Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban as examples of these failures. Both felt there systems would work with whatever personnel they had and if it did not, they "requested" new personnel to make it work. After this did not work and the records went downhill, they r...
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  • Not sure I agree. The Oregon program is about to be hit by huge sanctions for paying a scout to influence where recruits will go to school. Kelly has a window where he can get into the NFL at the highest number. The Oregon program will be hit with sanctions, and next year will probably be the last year Kelly will have all his scholarships and will be bowl eligible for quite some time.
  • You tell me when Barry Switzer won 3 Super Bowls. He has 1. Get your story straight.
  • You forgot to mention Jimmy Johnson, who coached the University of Miami to a NCAA Division 1a championship and the Dallas Cowboys to 1 Super Bowl championship (same as Switzer).
  • Johnson succeeded because it was in a non salary cap environment. Switzer rode Johnson's coat tails. No coach has succeeded in the salary cap era. Harbaugh was an NFLer who had a cup of coffee at Stanford. Spurrier and Saban are the norm for coaches failing. You will see the coach from Rutgers fail in Tampa Bay and the Syracuse coach fail in Buffalo.
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