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Jordan Lynch led the Northern Illinois Huskies to the Orange Bowl in 2012. This was the first time that a Mid-American Conference team had made the cut for any of the five bowls at the top of the game.
Lynch has commanded an incredible offense, and he set many NCAA records during his historic run. Lynch is one of the best performers at his position since 1869, but that's not the biggest reason that he'll be a great coach.
He'll be an excellent coach because he has seen what happens when an offensive line breaks down. Whether he realizes that or not is a question for him, but the Orange Bowl against Florida State proved that the Seminoles were simply too much to handle on the lines.
Even with that gigantic mismatch, Northern Illinois stuck with FSU until the fourth quarter. Heading into the final period, the Huskies were down just 14-10.
Unfortunately, the Seminoles would outlast and outperform the Huskies in the last 15 minutes. However, this provided Lynch with firsthand experience that some successful quarterbacks don't get to see.
He saw his line get tired, so he knows the importance of strength and conditioning. He saw his line get outmaneuvered, so he knows the importance of drills. He also knows the importance of leverage. That's the only way to equalize the situation when you are against bigger defenses.
Lynch also saw what happens when everything is going right. The Huskies finished the 2012 season 12-2 with losses as bookends around a 12-game winning streak. A 12-game winning streak is admirable no matter what conference your team plays in.
Lynch will make a great offensive wild card in the NFL, especially behind stellar lines. Whether he gets a shot at quarterback remains to be seen, but he'll be a great coach if he ever decides to go that route.