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Texas Tech hiring Kingsbury made me think of an interesting question (since he played there). What players from the Saban era could be head coaches down the road? I wouldn't think it would happen nearly as young as it did for him, especially if the coach ended up at Alabama, but it's possible when some of these guys get into their 40s.
There would have to be a few criterion:
Favor traditional schemes (either side of the ball)
Have limited NFL future (spending more than 4-5 years in the league takes valuable time away from coaching development)
Have the personality to recruit
Have the leadership ability
Just to kill some time, what players from the Saban era could come back in their 40s or 50s and coach the Tide?
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by FortWorthTide 16 months ago
Barrett Jones immediately comes to mind. Mark Ingram. Javier Arenas. Ro would make a helluva coach if he'd get his head on straight. It sounds like he's lost the passion for football.
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I thought about all of those at first, but problem is they'll all probably be in the league for too long.
I like this one. Depends how long he sticks with being an NFL backup. The sooner he starts coaching, the better. If you look at the most successful college head coaches, you'll find very few who played longer than 5 years.
I think Mark Ingram is also one to keep an eye on
You never know. Harbaugh was in the league for a long time and is now an NFL HC at a fairly young age.
Definitely. But he's the exception, not the rule.
Nick Gentry would be a good one. I think he was a GA last year at Tenn. RTR
Colin Peek-could see him being a great closer in recruiting
Rob Ezell is a GA out at Colorado State with McElwain. I'm friends with the family. He's the son of a coach and really wants to be a coach himself. Knowing the guy, I'd honestly be more surprised at him not making it as a coach than I would be if he did make it.
Keep an eye on the career of Hardie Buck...
McElroy would be on my list as well.
immediately thought of G-Mac
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Got to agree here. Ezell has a real passion for coaching and really loves Alabama. Plus, he is so good at doing his Saban impersonation that maybe it would work on the field as well.
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As pointed out, he is an exception.
But I would also point out, if there was ever a guy with coaching in his blood it was him. His Dad was a long time head college coach. And obviously his brother got into coaching. So he was raised on it.
I also find it funny that in that family you have 4 head coaches: the 3 above and the Harbaugh sister married Tom Creen, the head basketball coach at Indiana.
You could pick literally anyone...anyone that loves the game and wants to coach can be successful with hard work and a few breaks...prime example is Whammy (Lorenzo) Ward...if you'd told me in 88/89 he was going to be an SEC defensive coordinator 20 years after leaving college as a walk on I'd bet you anything against it happening. Whammy was good for plenty of laughs but a defensive coordinator...never in a million years would you see that coming.
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G-Mac was the first one to come to mind. I also had a couple of other thoughts....
Vlachos? You do not play that much football at Center for Saban without having a football mind. Do not know about his personality however....
Preston Dial - His intensity alone screams coach...
Wildcard - BJ Scott - would be a fantastic recruiter for the Tide!
And while I know this one does not fit the criteria I could see Roman Harper being a great coach in the future.
You may be joking, but I think this is a good choice... most of the time, the great players are not great coaches... its the players with less ability, that have to study film, fundamentals, etc...
GMac would be great IMO...
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