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Thursday, January 10, 2013 1:35 PM

Why would they move?
I am referring to the recent job overtures from National Football League teams to some of the best college football coaches in America.
To me, why would a Chip Kelly, Nick Saban, etc., leave their cocoons where they are fabulously successful and well compensated, adored, loved, etc., to go to the NFL where many of the players will make more than they will and all of a sudden, he won’t be able to have near the influence as he did before and probably won’t be listened to as much anyway?

Just look at the National Basketball Association and how players can seemingly get coaches hired and fired seemingly at a moment’s notice. The powers-that-be deny this but they almost have to.

In the pros, you have such things as the salary cap and such that makes it more difficult to build a great team year after year, whereas in college, these guys can get almost anyone they really want and they don’t have to worry about resources.

Plus,  you can  almost bet — for those of  us that occasionally do such a thing — they received a nice little incentive package to stay. Those guys probably knew that this was going to happen if they went through the process of being interviewed or having their name out there; they become an ever hotter item to their present teams, so, hey, go for it.

I can’t blame them for listening to see what’s out there; it might be like a pat on the back, just more lucrative.
The same thing with some other names that have been bandied about recently, like Jon “Chuckie” Gruden going to Philadelphia and Bill Cowher?

Gruden is having wayyyy too much fun doing what he is doing — that is pretty easy to tell — and he hasn’t lost a game since he was fired by the Buccaneers. He is in his environment and comfort zone and still making a pretty good living.

Cowher has already been quoted as saying he will return to coaching someday; he just doesn’t know when or where.

These guys do have egos — perhaps the understatement of the year — and they somewhat need them to be successful; they want to measure themselves at the top echelon of their sport and maybe they like a little bit of “danger” in their lives. Maybe they don’t mind being booed and called all kinds of names when and if their team goes to pot.

At the same time, they’re pretty doggone successful where they are at and most are doing what they love and, hopefully, shaping these men into first-class gentlemen on and off the field.

After all, how many of these players are going to end up in professional football, so they’d better be good human beings more than good football players.

It’s a dog-eat-dog atmosphere at that level; just as the Pat Shurmurs, Rob Ryans, etc. It’s win at all costs and win NOW.

Obviously, there is pressure to win in college because of boosters, endowments and such — let’s face it, people like to be associated with winners — but since the NFL is a much smaller commodity, the focus is more laser-like.

For example, 49ers kicker David Akers made the claim that he received death threats on Twitter before closing the account. I take him for his word.

I wonder if it was some fantasy football owner whose team lost because he missed a kick or something?
That’s just crazy that someone would do that. If they try to make that out to be a joke, it’s not very humorous.
This is a football game, for crying out loud. It sure as hecklydarn is not worth a life.

 

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