Posted October 22, 2013

Report: Lousville coach Charlie Strong could reunite with Teddy Bridgewater in NFL

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Louisville’s Charlie Strong is being advocated for NFL head coaching openings by an NFL advisory committee. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong will likely be “a leading candidate” for NFL head coaching openings during the offseason, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting.

Strong and Stanford’s David Shaw are being advocated by a recently formed NFL advisory committee aimed at identifying potential minority coaching candidates, according to the report.

The 53-year-old Strong, who has posted a 31-15 record in three-plus years at Louisville following an eight-year stint at Florida, could even choose to reunite with current Louisville quarterback and potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick Teddy Bridgewater.

From the report:

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.

Shaw, 41, has led Stanford to a 28-5 record since taking over for now-49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in 2011.

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16 comments
SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

The analogies of Hamilton and Sherman have one teeny weeny problem.  Strong is a DEFENSIVE coach.  But I guess speculation without accountability fills the page, eh?

DSM
DSM

His team loses to UCF after looking awful vs. Rutgers and he ill succeed in the NFL when Saban; Spurrier; Petrino; etc did not?  Well, he can probably do as well as Schiano.

Bazelope
Bazelope

It's incredible.  The best coach in the NFL is Mike Tomlin.  Tony Dungy was a great coach!  Lovey Smith is a great coach and so i the guy from the Bengals.  Blacks are already great coaches.  

The owners of these NFL teams will hire the guy that can win for them.  Black!  White!  Yellow or Purple!  Why do we continue to pay attention to these "Minority" groups  and I believe it belittles us as a people.  If we are the best we will get the job.

Can we move past this Civil Rights Era?  It's been 50 years.  If you haven't gotten your SHeeet together in half-a-century, then it may never happen!

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

So the coach leaves when his over rated star player goes? Guess he CAN'T coach  in a lousy league after all.  But good luck with the nfl from being a BCS coach......NEVER worked out and yes, Pete won't do much more long term

joeshine730
joeshine730

screw that diversity Bullcrap. Hire the best guys. Strong is okay not great. That colored minority hiring stuff makes me vomit. Diversity is diluting America by putting weak people in jobs they do not deserve.

mjt424
mjt424

Just because Strong and Shaw are being advocated for doesn't mean those two would choose to leave their schools and the college game. Yes, the money is better, no recruiting or babysitting players either but the pressures are far greater. Shaw is doing great work at Stanford and they should continue to be a powerhouse. Strong has done wonders and will surely get offers to coach at what are considered higher-level jobs (not that he wouldn't stay at the 'Ville)..

Pete Carroll split because of concerns about sanctions, Chip Kelly the same. Carroll didn't look great in the early times at Seattle but has it rolling now. Kelly, if he is patient, will do good work in the NFL but future College Football Hall of Fame coach and already legend Nick Saban failed, Bud Wilkinson failed, Bob Petrino failed. No guarantees.


Blinker
Blinker

Thought the Louisville fans were going to take out a "hit" on my family a couple of weeks ago when I said they did not deserve to take one of the VERY valuable BCS bowl game seats this year because they did prove themselves last year on their bowl win.   Well....  I said it then and will repeat:  "With the schedule they have they are a lose once and out team".

Zeshan
Zeshan

About damn time. What people forget about Tim Tebow and Florida's national championship victory against a high-flying Oklahoma team (that set records for points scored in a season) was that Florida had two (!) 4th-and-goal stands against Oklahoma. Two stands with Charlie Strong as the DC. *That* is why Florida won that championship as much as any other reason.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@joeshine730  

"colored minority" ...your racist bleep is the reason why they have and need that rule !!! FIRST it is a minority INTERVIEW PROCESS to get their names out there not HIRING.... to hire someone based on the color of their skin WOULD BE WRONG... just like it was NOT hiring people based on the color of their skin.  It's people like yourself  @joeshine730  in positions to hire the best person for the job, took that as the best WHITE person for the job... Ask yourself how many black head coaches are in division 1 football... and the NFL before this process that should make you vomit if anything would...

Now the NFL is doing something about it... A League where 50 plus percent of your players are black, you would think one of two would learn something and wanted to coach after their playing career, but people like @joeshine730  made it impossible, it's just recently black QB's are getting an equal shot at the position, from high school, college and the pros, in the 90's that was never the case... ask Warren Moon who had to destroy the CFLfor 5 years wining 5 championships in that period to get a look in the NFL something guys like Marino, Elway and other of his pigmentation never had to do.... at one time blacks were not able to play middle linebacker because it was thought to be a thinking mans position... lol

So @joeshine730  if you want to vomit try throwing up over the real issues... someday college football will have a minority interview  process if they don't have one in place already.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Blinker Yeah, so valuable that teams like Florida last year who aren't even good enough to win their SEC division get that coveted slot (they were basically rewarded for finishing behind Georgia so they wouldn't get an extra loss in the conference title game to Alabama).  

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@eliar3 @joeshine730  WHY is he wrong? Nothing racist just FACT. Guess you haven't been to a local DMV or ANY agency where Yolanda has 3" nails and dreadlocks and can't speak proper english, have you

Blinker
Blinker

I see your point and agree with you.  Still...  when you do not play top teams (and I'm not talking about Rutgers who took many overtimes to beat SMU) most people do not care about the fact that teams like to hide behind the conferences they play in.