So as I am putting my two year old to bed and musing on the latest news that the Browns might hire a Head Coach from two SEC schools it got me thinking... Pete Carroll, Jim Harbaugh, Chip Kelley, all PAC-12 coaches that are having success thus far in the NFL. Carroll maybe has an asterisk since he had prior NFL head coach experience. Then there's Jimmy Johnson from the ACC, but so too, our old pal Butch Davis. Nick Saban was meh as the Dolphins Head Coach, so too was Barry Switzer (Big 12) for the Cowboys though many of the Dallas fans swarming New Mexico would argue that his success was mostly due to what he inherited, rather than what he built. I'm actually struggling to recall a Big-10 coach that's made the jump period, let alone successfully.
Is there a pattern here? Is there enough consistency within each of the major conferences in terms of scheming that one major might develop NFL coaching acumen more or less so than others? Is the PAC-12 really where it's at or is it coincidental? Is Lovie Smith on to something bringing Tedford with him?
For simplicity's sake we may need to frame the discussion solely around coaches that made the direct jump from head coaching at the college level to head coaching at the NFL level. There might be a bazillion guys who coached college and then had 5, 10, 15 years of this and that before landing an HC job for an NFL team; that just might muddy the water.
I have no pre-formed answers here, in a good year I might watch 10 college football games from start to finish, nearly all of which are Ohio State and Syracuse on the occasion their games air out here in the desert.
So what say you? I need something to take my mind off all the shenanigans of late.