Grading the Success of Coaches Jumping from College Ranks to the NFL

« Prev
1 of 11
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
Grading the Success of Coaches Jumping from College Ranks to the NFL
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Philadelphia Eagles fans should be cautiously optimistic about Chip Kelly's arrival as the team's new head coach, because history shows us that college coaches fail in the NFL more than they succeed.

I'm a huge fan of Kelly's work at Oregon, and I'm of the opinion that his style of coaching and his scheme on offense will translate well to the pros. That said, the Nick Sabans and Lou Holtzs of the world have shown us that what works in theory doesn't always work well in practice.

As a quick lesson in history, we've compiled a list of 10 notable college coaches who made the jump to the NFL. Judging by their records and impact on the professional ranks, we'll assign grades to each one. 


Begin Slideshow »

Follow B/R on Facebook

NFL

Subscribe Now

By signing up for our newsletter, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Thanks for signing up.