On Wednesday, Steve Spurrier told The Dan Patrick Show that the University of Alabama football team could compete in the NFL.
Former University of Southern California head coach and current Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll shot down Spurrier’s pipe dream.
“I was confronted with that at times [at USC] and the falsehood is to think that that could ever take place. It ain’t even close. It’s not even close. Alabama’s got a great team and [Alabama coach] Nick [Saban] is a fantastic coach, but when you matchup the interior lines against regular NFL teams on either side of the ball, it wouldn’t even be close,” Carroll said,” per Pro Football talk.
Carroll says the biggest reason Alabama wouldn’t be able to compete in the NFL is because their offensive and defensive lines would be overmatched.
“Most of his guys are going to play in the NFL. Our guys were all winding up having a chance to play [in the league] but at the time when you find them when they’re still in college they’re not ready for it in my opinion. I used to say that. Don’t kid yourself. There ain’t no way. That’s how I think it would happen. It’s not the receivers. It’s not the running backs. It’s what would happen up front that would be tremendously shocking to a college team,” he said.
Spurrier is a very good college coach, but he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to common sense. This is the same guy that thought Danny Wuerffel could in the NFL.