Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles has done a fantastic job the last few years of taking the program from laughing stock of the Big 12 to the top of the heap in not just the conference, but the nation. He already has a Heisman winner on his resume in Robert Griffin III, and is currently coaching another top candidate in Bryce Petty.
While there are still a few things to accomplish at the collegiate level, like winning a national title, Briles’ name has been brought up on more than one occasion as someone people would like to see coach at the NFL level. Most recently, this offseason when the Washington Redskins were looking for a coach after the departure of Mike Shanahan, Briles was named as a top candidate.
Much like when Chip Kelly made the move last year, it’d be interesting to see what Briles can do at the next level with his unique, air-it-out offensive scheme, and during a recent appearance on the podcast of Fox Sports 1′s Bruce Feldman, the thought intrigues Briles as well.
“I think it would interesting; it’s kind of intriguing to me. As opposed to 20 years ago when it was a trickle-down effect (from NFL to college), it’s a trickle-up effect now,” Briles told FOX Sports’ The Audible with Bruce Feldman. “I think everything’s trickling up from high school, to college to the NFL. That’s why the game’s getting more open, more exciting and more diverse. To me, as a guy who deals with things on the offensive side of the ball most of the time, I think it would be very exciting to get to the NFL level with this type of scheme and see what happens.”
This season, with Petty back leading the charge under center, Briles and the Bears are expected to make a run at the national championship as one of the best teams in the Big 12. Should they capture that goal, then we could see Briles coaching on Sundays sooner rather than later.