Here’s 6 SEC Coaches who can “make it” in the NFL


logo1) Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin

Sumlin runs a pro style program and coached three # 1 NFL Draft picks. However after another November collapse and with no buy out on his contract it’s time for Kevin Sumlin to move on to the NFL.

2) Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen

Dan Mullen is popular General Managers and coaches in the NFL for his development of Dak Prescott.  Mullen’s being praised for his work with Prescott and, his progress with quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. With his sharp mind for offense it’s no surprise the NFL would be interested in Dan Mullen.

3) Georgia DC Mel Tucker has the strongest NFL resume of anyone on this list. And, he has a year coaching under Nick Saban to boot. Even with using plenty of young players this season, Georgia had a respectable defense. In Tucker’s first year as coordinator his team finished in the top 20 in yards allowed and 40th in points allowed per game.

4) Tennessee Offensive Coordinator Mike DeBord was offensive line and tight ends coach for the Seattle Seahawks (2008-09) and Chicago Bears (2010-12.) Tennessee head coach Butch Jones will retain him as offensive coordinator. However Mike DeBord’s spread offensive is not in sync with Butch Jones. If it doesn’t work out DeBord can simply go back to the NFL.

5) Florida LB coach Randy Shannon coached in the NFL. He was assistant and linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins (1998-2000.) Randy Shannon could be the next SEC coach to use the Gators as a springboard to the pros.  Dan Quinn, who coached Florida’s defense from 2011-12, took the same role with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 before becoming Atlanta Falcons head coach.

6) Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has NFL experience. He was defensive backs  coach for the Minnesota Vikings (2007-09.) Mason deserves credit for his conference upsets of Georgia and Tennessee. Regardless of whether an extension gets done, Moving to the NFL — where SEC recruiting isn’t a year-round, time-sucking challenge — might not be out of the question.

 Paul Dobbs

“Coaching Tomorrow’s Leaders”


January 20, 2017