Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin has done a phenomenal job with the Aggies program since taking over as head coach, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. According to the recent rumors, Sumlin will be the next college coach in line to make a jump to the NFL.
Multiple NFL executives have said that Sumlin will draw interest from the league thanks to his unique approach to the game and the league’s desire to always find innovative and promising head coaching candidates.
From the National Football Post:
Several team executives to whom NFP spoke this week cited Sumlin as the college coach most likely to be eyed by NFL teams looking to make a change, and take a fresh approach, next spring.
“The bias against (college coaches) isn’t nearly what it used to be,” one personnel director said. “And if (Kelly) does well, people will be even more open-minded.”
No doubt, owners and general managers are going to scrutinize just how Kelly’s up-tempo offense operates at the NFL level in ’13. But the barriers between the college and the pro game have been broken down a bit by elements like the read- or zone-option attacks being run by an increasing number of quarterbacks now, so unconventional offenses like those of Kelly and Sumlin are better received than they were a few years ago. So no one should expect the Sumlin rumors to go away.
With Johnny Manziel likely to make the jump to the NFL next season, it would be a good time for Sumlin to test the NFL ranks.
He is taking this program to new highs and the potential for growth will stop once he loses his star players.
For Sumlin, he needs to strike while the iron is hot.
If he can generate interest from teams next season, he would be wise to jump on the opportunity to become a NFL head coach next offseason if the teams come calling.