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When starting a list of coaches who I would want to hire if I was to be installed as the general manager of an NFL franchise, I look at Charlie Strong first.
The biggest reason is because he took a horrible Louisville team with a bit of pro prospects on it and turned it into a legitimate national title contender.
Oh, and he brought in his own legitimate pro prospects, including the nation's best quarterback. Strong has also made Louisville such a good program that it has won multiple Big East titles and is now going to move to the ACC after this season.
When a coach can bring the entire image of a school up, that's huge. But that's what Strong has been able to do.
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Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.