Jerry Jones discusses risks, success rate of college coaches transitioning to NFL
Jerry Jones made some interesting comments recently when discussing college coaches transitioning to the NFL.
The owner of the Dallas Cowboys made a Friday appearance on the K&C Masterpiece radio show on 105.3 The Fan to discuss a number of items. During the appearance, Jones commented on both Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley and Baylor head coach Matt Rhule. Jones indicated he was impressed with both “outstanding coaches” that faced off in the Big 12 Championship.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean either would be considered for a vacancy with the Cowboys. Jones discussed the risks of most college coaches trying to make the jump to the NFL.
In fact, he said college head coaches making the direct jump to being an NFL head coach have “the lowest percentage rate of success.” Here’s the full comment:
“College coaches, a head coach coming directly into (to the NFL) head coach, have the lowest percentage rate of success (in the NFL),” Jones said when asked if the league is more accepting of college coaches making the jump to the NFL. “It’s pretty obvious they have to get acquainted with personnel. College coaches spend Sunday working. It’s one of their biggest workday weeks. In many cases, they aren’t familiar with the personnel, and that’s a big deal.
“So, you pay a price for someone to get up to date that haven’t spent the prior months or years in the NFL. And just the nature of the game, college coaches don’t spend a lot of time watching this game. I’m reminded we won one football game the first year we came and brought Jimmy (Johnson) in.”
So, what does that mean for Jones and his rumored interest in Ohio State’s former coach Urban Meyer? Maybe nothing. As most fans will remember, things worked out okay for Jimmy Johnson and the Cowboys. These comments could just be a smokescreen from Jones to distract from the coaches he would actually consider for a potential head coaching vacancy.
On the other hand, maybe Jones really has eliminated college coaches from his list of candidates should the team move on from Jason Garrett. Looks like fans will have to continue to wait and see.
Be sure to check out the website for 105.3 The Fan for the full audio of Jones’ interview.
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