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Butch Davis producing NFL talent

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Former Browns coach Butch Davis isn’t exactly the most respected guy in NFL circles. But in his current role as head coach at North Carolina, no one can dispute that Davis is producing NFL-quality talent.

As I write in today’s Wall Street Journal, North Carolina has 12 players at the scouting combine, most of any school. If combine invitations are any indication, Davis has done a fine job of recruiting and developing talent since getting the North Carolina job in 2007.

Of course, three of the most talented North Carolina players at this year’s combine were suspended for the entire 2010 season as a result of NCAA violations, and Davis’s North Carolina team had a disappointing 8-5 season in 2010.

But just as he did in his final season as the head coach at Miami, when he sent a loaded crop of talent to the NFL that included four first-round picks in the 2001 draft, Davis is having a major impact in the NFL. Even if he wasn’t a good NFL coach.

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14 Responses to “Butch Davis producing NFL talent”
  1. lburrna says: Feb 24, 2011 10:54 AM

    He took the BROWNS to the playoffs for God’s sake. Stop Hatin’.

  2. steveo305 says: Feb 24, 2011 11:07 AM

    It is amazing what type of recruits you can get when you pay them and have your babysitter/nanny do all their schoolwork

  3. Slim Charles says: Feb 24, 2011 11:20 AM

    It’s not his fault the team when 8-5 when the NCAA decided to become a bunch of overbearing morons and make an example. It’s so retarded that they deprived us fans of seeing that UNC defense on the field last year.

  4. jjay9 says: Feb 24, 2011 11:21 AM

    Of course he has top talent. He pays top dollar. They dont have to do school work, they dont have to attend class and they get free trips and bling.

  5. nicksabansanahole says: Feb 24, 2011 11:29 AM

    Of course he is. He is running a football production company. If athletes only have to concentrate on football, and have someone else to take care of everything else and get paid vacations they ought to be ready for the NFL. That’s exactly what the NFL is, but he shouldn’t call himself a college coach. A college coach should teach players about how to be productive in life, good people and get the most out of their football ability.

    P.S. He told all the recruits that committed this year their would be no NCAA sanctions so obviously he doesn’t think he has done anything wrong.

  6. mkbane says: Feb 24, 2011 12:02 PM

    I disagree, I thought Butch Davis was a fantastic game-day coach, getting the most of of his players’ strengths even though they didn’t fit his scheme. Unlike other coaches who try to fit guys into what they like to run, he used what he had and got the most out of it.

    He was a horrible GM type though, his big downfall.

  7. nicksabansanahole says: Feb 24, 2011 12:15 PM

    According to UNC fans, nobody associated with the program has ever done anything wrong. Just like they have never committed a foul in basketball or legitimately lost a game in any sport.

  8. charly0418 says: Feb 24, 2011 1:21 PM

    Too bad no one here in UNC cares about football. Actually, Quinn, Austin and co. shouldn’t even be called Tar-heels. They’re more like traitors

  9. 305hurricane says: Feb 24, 2011 1:29 PM

    ” Butch Davis producing NFL talent”

    Uhhhh yeah….Thats what Butch Davis had been doing since he was a fetus. This is news?

  10. DonRSD says: Feb 24, 2011 2:17 PM

    Davis is/was the reason why The U returned to dominance in the late 90s – early 2000s

    i wish we got him back.

    horrible nfl coach, great college recruiter

  11. oldcracker says: Feb 24, 2011 2:47 PM

    I feel he did a respectable job in Cleveland…until he added GM duties to his basket. Holmgren was a good coach with the same results as GM.

    It is NOT that they couldn’t handle being a GM but, both are such perfectionists as coaches, that the additional duties of GM became an overload.

    I really wouldn’t mind seeing Butch back in the NFL. Remember, even the great Belichick had a “learning curve” coming into the NFL

  12. trollaikman8 says: Feb 24, 2011 2:59 PM

    He and Jimmy Johnson turned U of Miami into a beast. He helped the Cowboys put together a SB winning defense. Probably best left at the College level.

  13. carson9 says: Feb 24, 2011 3:12 PM

    He can stay in UNC, cause he was a worthless NFL coach.

  14. snakeman40 says: Feb 24, 2011 9:37 PM

    “steveo305 says:
    Feb 24, 2011 11:07 AM
    It is amazing what type of recruits you can get when you pay them and have your babysitter/nanny do all their schoolwork”

    Schoolwork wasn’t the only thing she was doing, my friend. And what she was doing wouldn’t be referred to ‘babysitting’.

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