According to ESPN’s Adam Scefter, the Louisville Cardinals may be losing their head coach and Heisman-contending quarterback next year. Teddy Bridgewater is widely expected to declare for the draft and be the No. 1 or 2 overall pick in next May’s NFL Draft, but Charlie Strong could be joining him as well:
The NFL’s recently formed advisory panel, which helps to identify potential minority coaching candidates, already is advocating the candidacy of Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Stanford’sDavid Shaw, league sources told ESPN.
It will be an upset if Strong is not a leading candidate for various NFL head coaching openings this winter.
There already is speculation swirling in select league circles that Strong and Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is projected to be one of the top picks in next year’s draft, could wind up reuniting in the NFL next season.
If Strong and Bridgewater end up on with same team in the NFL, it would be similar to the current situations in Indianapolis, where the Colts hired Pep Hamilton to serve as Andrew Luck’s offensive coordinator, and Miami, where Mike Sherman was hired as an offensive coordinator for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
The Cards did ink Strong to an eight-year extension worth $3.7 million annually last year, and the buyout is rather large, so that may help sway an NFL team away in favor of hiring a coordinator from an NFL team.