Does anyone know an example of a successful head coach that was a DC?

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  1. Wally86

    Wally86 Member

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    I don't know the answer to this question. Are there any former DC's that come to mind as successful head coaches? Surely there have to be some. offense and defense are very different mindsets. On Defence giving up one big play kills you. On offense making one big play wins. Can a defensive mindset translate to a successful head coach?
     
  2. gogagig

    gogagig Well-Known Member

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    Nick Saban?
     
  3. cmjh10

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    Bill Belicheck?
     
  4. cyclonebillski

    cyclonebillski Active Member

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    Pretty sure the best coach in the nation was a DC right? Saban.
     
  5. FDWxMan

    FDWxMan Well-Known Member

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  6. isu81

    isu81 Active Member

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    Bad post-would guess it is 50/50-ish. Bob Stoops is my answer, but there are a lot of them.
     
  7. CycloneNorth

    CycloneNorth Well-Known Member

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    Even though he's having a tough year I'd say Bret Bielema.
     
  8. CycloneNorth

    CycloneNorth Well-Known Member

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    Pete Carroll
     
  9. cmjh10

    cmjh10 Well-Known Member

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    Were the Harbaughs DC?
     
  10. gogagig

    gogagig Well-Known Member

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    Gene Chizik, baby!
     
  11. UNIGuy4Cy

    UNIGuy4Cy Well-Known Member

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    Look at the top 10 in college football and there is your answer.
     
  12. CyArob

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  13. CycloneNorth

    CycloneNorth Well-Known Member

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    Pretty sure Brian Kelly is a defensive guy also.
     
  14. deadeyededric

    deadeyededric Well-Known Member

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    Usually you don't hire a DC as a HC who was on a staff that got canned.
     
  15. CyArob

    CyArob Well-Known Member

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  16. UNIGuy4Cy

    UNIGuy4Cy Well-Known Member

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    How is Stoops and Beamer doing in today's age of offense?
     
  17. cmjh10

    cmjh10 Well-Known Member

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    A lot better than most teams
     
  18. CycloneNorth

    CycloneNorth Well-Known Member

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    I just did a quick scientific survey and exactly 6 of the past 10 BCS titles have been won with a former defensive coordinator as the head coach.


    edit: Forgot Saban was at LSU in 2003.
     
  19. CyArob

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    Pros: Mike Smith, John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin
     
  20. CyArob

    CyArob Well-Known Member

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    The post says "successful head coach that was a DC". Stoops and Beamer definitely qualify.
     

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