- "The difference between college and pros is monumental," said NFL scouting guru Gil Brandt, architect of Dallas' powerhouse teams of the 1970s. "Now, that doesn't mean that college coaches aren't as smart, but they have that 20-hour week (limit for practice and meetings with players). They don't do as many exotic things as they do in the NFL.
"It takes a while to learn if you've never coached in the NFL – all the different coverages, the (salary) cap. It really makes it hard if you've never been an assistant."
Okay, time's up. Tom Coughlin. Yes, the New York Giants' Super Bowl winning coach last season. He came to the NFL straight from Boston College. He had a rough start with the Jacksonville Jaguars, though. And then, he barely survived in New York before last season. He was almost destined for the road traveled by Petrino, Spurrier, Davis, Saban and, heck, even Pete Carroll.
Okay, okay, now come up with someone other than Jimmy Johnson and Tom Coughlin. Good luck. And good luck to Kiffin. We hardly knew ya.