Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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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2 Comments:
  • I think you mean Jimmy Johnson, not Switzer. Switzer inherited Johnson's 2-time Super Bowl winning teams and won a third with them, then it fell apart under him.

    Update: January 06, 2013
    Spell-check and proof-reading, along with fact checking will do you wonders if you want to be a journalist. Or, then again, you could always work for Fox, where they never let the facts get in the way of a story.
  • Good comment. I was just about to write the same thing. And besides Johnson and Switzer, Paul Brown was the head coach at Ohio State when they won their first National Championship and went on to lead the Cleveland Browns to the league equivalent of Super Bowl victories in the 50's.

    This writer also said that none of the teams looking for a new head coach have a quarterback who can run the spread offense the Kelly uses. Michael Vick with the Eagles and Colt McCoy with the Browns could both do it, and McCoy excelled as a spread QB in college.

    The numerous errors in the article means there's not much here to trust.
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