The coaching changes should be about done in college football. We’ve seen several coaches change venues in the last few weeks such as Matt Rhule, Tom Herman and Willie Taggert depart from the American Athletic Conference to move to the “Power Five” conferences. But now the NFL is beginning their “Silly Season” which could have some more effect on the college game.
The Los Angeles Rams are beginning their coaching search after letting Jeff Fisher go. The final blow came after the Rams embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Fisher had five straight losing seasons as Rams coach and this season the team has scored a total of five touchdowns at home. The Falcons have scored six touchdowns at the Rams home in one game.
So now the rumors and one that is being denied is Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh returning to the NFL. He has come out and vehemently denied the rumor, and who could blame him? He has Michigan competing for the Big Ten and National Championship after only two seasons. The Wolverines look to be great now and he has yet to win a championship there. To leave now would make no sense.
But, this is the NFL and the Rams have a guy that could be a really good young quarterback in Jared Goff. Harbaugh is an offensive minded head coach, having been a QB himself. Normally the louder a coach denied a rumor, the more truth to it there is.
The Rams will not be the only NFL opening. Gus Bradley of the Jacksonville Jaguars is a sure bet to be fired at season’s end. Jacksonville went to the college ranks to get its first head coach, Tom Coughlin, who they got from the Boston College Eagles. Could they go back to college football for the next coach?
College coaches don’t often do well in the pros. Nick Saban, Bobby Petrino, Steve Spurrier and now Chip Kelly all found out that being a college coaching genius often does not translate well to the pros. But Coughlin, Pete Carroll and Harbaugh have shown it can be done. Apparently the Rams are willing to give it a try. Don’t be surprised if the Jags also go that route. Urban Meyer perhaps?