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Posted March 2, 2010
"He's a Winner" ... Not Really
When I was watching the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine on the NFL Network a couple of days ago, I wanted to literally bang my head against a brick wall. I was disgusted with some analysis coming from three former NFL head coaches, Steve Mariucci, Brian Billick and Jim Mora Jr.
They were talking about Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, and all of three of them loved McCoy. Mora went on to rave about McCoy's high school and college record.
Excuse me? Did a former NFL head coach just compare high school to the NFL? Comparing high school football to the NFL is like comparing preschool to Yale.
I'm sorry, but it's very absurd that a television audience has to listen to three former NFL head coaches gushing over a college quarterback because (get ready for it) ... "He's a winner."
That's right - this wasn't talk radio from amateur fans. These were NFL head coaches - supposedly the cream of the crop when it comes to knowledge of the game.
Just because you won in college has nothing to do with whether you will win in the National Football League. Just because you won in college does not mean you possess the physical skill set to succeed at the next level. Just because you won in college and your superstar team dominated vastly inferior competition doesn't mean you will be able to beat Pittsburgh and New Orleans on Sundays.
I don't feel like I should have to defend my point with examples because basic logic and brain usage should be enough - but just to stop this debate I'll go ahead with this list of former college quarterbacks and their records as starters:
Pat White: 34-8
Brian Brohm: 24-9
Colt Brennan: 27-10 (including 12-0 in regular season as a senior)
Troy Smith: 25-3 (plus Heisman)
Vince Young: 30-2
Matt Leinart: 37-2 (plus two National Championships and Heisman)
David Greene: 42-10
Joey Harrington: 25-3
Ken Dorsey 38-2
List of Heisman quarterbacks (who were winners):
The only good quarterback on this list so far is Vince Young - and it took him three years to figure out the professional passing game. Being a winner in college didn't translate to automatic results in the NFL for him.
To say Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, or any other mediocre quarterback will win in the NFL because they won in college is absolutely ridiculous. You would think the NFL would have advanced in the last decade from a scouting perspective, but when former head coaches give us this kind of analysis I really start to doubt how smart some of these guys are in the league.