A recent conversation with a fellow football fan focused on Nick Saban and how the current king of college football coaches was such a disappointment in the NFL.
The fellow gridiron fan couldn’t understand how Saban can be so ultra successful in college but not enjoy that success at the professional level. There are many theories about this and it goes beyond Saban. All Atlanta Falcon fans remember what happened when Bobby Petrino, highly successful in college, was a disaster as head coach in the NFL, although there were more circumstances surrounding his one year in Atlanta than most care to admit.
The reason Saban, Petrino and others have not enjoyed the same success in the pros is simple: the games are completely different in college and pro. It’s not so much the schemes are radically different or the rules of the game are night and day opposite. The biggest difference is the mindset of the players and from my way of thinking, Saban (and others) have a more difficult time getting professional players to get on the same wave length as themselves.
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