Dec. 15, 2012; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault (center) on the sidelines in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Arizona defeated Nevada 49-48. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Could Former Nevada Head Coach Chris Ault Find A Home In The NFL?


After digesting the news that Nevada Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault stepped down from his role at Nevada, you had to immediately think to yourself — could the NFL be his next move? It is certainly possible.

Ault was very selective when he chose the words “stepping down.” He wanted to make sure that he didn’t break out the dreaded “R” word — “retired.”

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“I’m not using the word retire because that’s not in the vocabulary,” Ault said. “We’ll see. Do I have anything waiting? No. My whole goal is focused on leaving this program in the best way possible. I have a lot left in me. I’m in my offensive prime. I feel good about where I’m at. My energy level is still very high. Whether I coach again, I don’t know.”

When Ault said, “I’m in my offensive prime,” I couldn’t help but think of the possibility of him heading to the NFL.

Ault already has a presence in the league.

He is the creator of the Pistol Offense, which many NFL teams have begun to adopt. In the Pistol, the quarterback lines up four yards behind the center, while the running back lines up three yards behind the quarterback. It is an adapted form of the shotgun that allows a more creative approach to the play-action game. It’s the offense that made Colin Kaepernick who he is today.

So where could Ault fit in the league?

Teams like the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles will be looking for a creative offensive mind, but there is one team that would benefit the most from having Ault as their head coach.

The Carolina Panthers.

Carolina already runs some Pistol formation to allow quarterback Cam Newton to fully utilize his skillset. Having the innovator of the offense teaching and leading Newton would take the Panthers offense to a whole new level — and they need it.

Ault may not coach next season, but he is definitely a name that NFL fans need to familiarize themselves with. The NFL loves bright offensive minds and there is perhaps none greater than Ault’s — especially since he considers himself in his “offensive prime.”

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