Dear NFL GMs and owners, you may want to think twice about hiring a head coach straight outta the college ranks. While there have been success stories — Jimmy Johnson going from the U to Big D being the best example — that really hasn’t been the case in this millennium. Matt Rhule is the latest flop, as the Carolina Panthers head coach was canned after a 1-4 start to the 2022 NFL season — the first HC to meet that fate so far this year.
During his tenure, Carolina went 1-27 when allowing 17 or more points, including 25 losses in a row, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
While it’s understandably difficult to win games with Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield at QB, Rhule was paid a cool $62 million to do just that.
Here’s a look at 12 other coaches who made the jump from NCAA head coach to NFL HC — and how they fared. They’re ranked from worst to best.
And, no, I didn’t forget Pete Carroll. He had two NFL head coaching gigs (Jets, Patriots) before his time at USC and return to the pros with Seattle.