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Steve Spurrier: Alabama could compete in the NFL

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Steve Spurrier has coached in college and coached in the NFL, and he knows how much harder it is to win in the pros. And yet Spurrier thinks the No. 1 team in college football right now is good enough to compete in the NFL.

Spurrier said on the Dan Patrick Show that he believes this year’s Alabama team is good enough that it could beat some of the weaker teams in the NFL.

“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays,” Spurrier said. “I think a lot of the oddsmakers out there, that usually know what’s going on, I’d guess Alabama would be favored by a little bit.”

If Spurrier wants to talk up Alabama, fine, but let’s get real: The idea that Alabama could compete with any NFL team is ridiculous. Whoever you think is the worst team in the NFL — Chiefs, Jaguars, Panthers, whoever — would absolutely destroy Alabama. This year’s Alabama team is loaded with talent, but “loaded with talent” in college football means the Crimson Tide have maybe 30 players who will be good enough to play in the NFL some day. Every NFL team has 53 players who are good enough to play in the NFL right now.

Spurrier of all people should know this. After all, he won a national championship at Florida with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel running his offense. Then Spurrier tried to run the same offense with the same quarterback in the NFL with the Redskins. At the next level, Wuerffel was terrible, Spurrier’s offense was terrible and the Redskins were terrible. There’s an enormous gulf between college football and the NFL.

A game between an NFL team and a college team would be a game of men against boys. We can celebrate great college football teams for what they are, but pretending they’d have any chance of beating any NFL team is preposterous.

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  1. jeg07 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:17 PM

    Steve Spurrier…… is crazy. That is all.

  2. thejotapee says: Oct 31, 2012 12:18 PM

    I’d say last years Alabama Defense was better than a few NFL defenses. If you take Alabama’s best 53 players, they could probably beat the Jaguars. But that’s about it.

  3. emma333 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:19 PM

    Can this ridiculous debate please just go away forever!!! Oh, and while you’re at it, take the Tebow to Jacksonville rumor along with you!

  4. savocabol1 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:19 PM

    Tell us how you really feel…

  5. glennsyank13 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:20 PM

    Maybe just the Redskins a few years ago….

  6. berniemadoffsides says: Oct 31, 2012 12:20 PM

    Agreed 100%. It would be an absolute massacre.

  7. joetoronto says: Oct 31, 2012 12:20 PM

    What a loser, I can’t believe he was once in the NFL.

  8. emoney826 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:22 PM

    They definitely wouldn’t stand a chance against any NFL team if he’s the coach. He’s an idiot.

  9. randallflagg52 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:22 PM

    Not with Nick Saben at the helm, he’s already shown the NFL is too much for him to handle.

  10. skinsfaninnebraska says: Oct 31, 2012 12:22 PM

    30 Alabama players good enough for the NFL makes offense and defense with 8 guys left over. Just sayin’….!

    Anyone around here that’s been watching the Redskins’ futile attempts at playing defense might give a nod to ‘Bama right about now.

  11. S.Nevada says: Oct 31, 2012 12:22 PM

    Sorry, I disagree.

    The same thing was said about Matt Leinert/Reggie Bush lead USC. We all know how that would have turned out.

    Besides, Steve Spurrier couldn’t compete in the NFL, what makes him think he’s qualified to asses someone elses ability to do so?

  12. blowpackblow says: Oct 31, 2012 12:22 PM

    He has a valid argument, if they played in the AFC West.

  13. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 31, 2012 12:22 PM

    There would be a crimson body count and Saban would quit and leave Bama for high school football.

  14. cubano76 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:22 PM

    Anyone who makes a statement like that is completely out of their minds……….OR a genius?

  15. galvestontexans says: Oct 31, 2012 12:23 PM

    Pretty sure they would beat the Chiefs….

  16. j0esixpack says: Oct 31, 2012 12:23 PM

    I’d be interested to see that game.

    Last place team against first place college team.

    I’ll guarantee it would generate more viewers than the Pro Bowl.

  17. The Prophet says: Oct 31, 2012 12:24 PM

    I for one, would love to finally see that and bring big college organizations back down to Earth.

  18. brownmud says: Oct 31, 2012 12:24 PM

    The worse team in the NFL would dominate the best team in college. There is a difference between having a few NFL prospects and having 53 NFL players. Are there college teams better coached? Absolutely, look at my Browns for instance. Still, the players are on a different level.

  19. dccowboy says: Oct 31, 2012 12:24 PM

    It’s why they stopped the exhibition between the Superbowl winner and the ‘College All-Stars’ back in 1976. The College All-Stars were getting destroyed.

  20. linvillegorge says: Oct 31, 2012 12:25 PM

    He can’t possibly believe that. Even the worst of NFL teams are full of guys who were elite college talents. It’s just a different level of competition. Alabama would get ROLLED on and a bunch of kids would get hurt.

  21. purplengold says: Oct 31, 2012 12:25 PM

    The speed of the pro game would leave the college kids on the turf grabbing at ankles or writhing in pain. Spurrier sounds like an idiot.

  22. maiphatdong says: Oct 31, 2012 12:26 PM

    Chiefs and Raiders

  23. dccowboy says: Oct 31, 2012 12:26 PM

    “Last place team against first place college team.”

    So what Owner in his right mind would subject his team to that potential ignominy?

  24. themars211 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:26 PM

    Sure Steve. We believe you….lmao. Now about that bridge you wanted to sell me…..

  25. dutzer36 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:27 PM

    Although u don’t believe they would actually beat a nfl team if somebody’s willing to say that and especially someone in the business then that just give me a lot mor respect for Alabama they are just crusing

  26. heathshuler says: Oct 31, 2012 12:27 PM

    well, spurrier never could really compete in the nfl. not as a player, not as a coach. maybe this gives him special insight?

  27. j0esixpack says: Oct 31, 2012 12:30 PM

    dccowboy says: “Last place team against first place college team.” So what Owner in his right mind would subject his team to that potential ignominy?

    —————————–

    If what everyone here says is true about the speed and talent of the NFL, what possible risk of humiliation could there be?

    And if there was, wouldn’t that serve to counter-balance another “Suck for Luck” type campaign in the future?

    (no one will ever convince me that the Colts didn’t throw games to guarantee the #1 pick. It was obvious on more than one occasion – and from a football perspective, why wouldn’t they??)

  28. texanspat says: Oct 31, 2012 12:32 PM

    The only thing I can think here is that he is trying to pump their heads up so they have a let down and loose.

  29. nickhoberg says: Oct 31, 2012 12:32 PM

    There is no way. Not possible. Ever. Never ever.

  30. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Oct 31, 2012 12:32 PM

    all 22 starters on a college team have never been drafted into the nfl either in one, or consecutive drafts. nuff said.

  31. justintuckrule says: Oct 31, 2012 12:33 PM

    There was a time long, long ago where the likes of Notre Dame would play NFL teams and win.

  32. canetic says: Oct 31, 2012 12:33 PM

    I wish there was a way to make this happen if only for one half of football. The halftime score would be Alabama 0, Worst NFL Team 35.

  33. dawsonleery says: Oct 31, 2012 12:34 PM

    Even the worst team says its the Chiefs would still be Alabama by 28 points. Bottom line.

  34. hatesycophants says: Oct 31, 2012 12:35 PM

    I agree wholeheartedly. This subject should never be brought up again.

  35. calpolykc says: Oct 31, 2012 12:35 PM

    Spurrier should be fired, not for making the comment, but for actually believing it. He clearly is not a man with common sense.

    Oh Yeah…and the top high school teams in the country would compete with NCAA Div 1 football as well.

  36. frenchysplatediscipline says: Oct 31, 2012 12:35 PM

    C’mon people – he is speaking from his own NFL experience.

    Alabama probably COULD beat a pro-team… if it was coached by Spurrier…

  37. coutre says: Oct 31, 2012 12:36 PM

    Make this the Pro Bowl format. The national champs against the worst NFL team. Of course, you would be rewarding the losers, but I would watch.

  38. bongloader says: Oct 31, 2012 12:36 PM

    Alabama would lose by at least 21 to any NFL team.

  39. lightcleric says: Oct 31, 2012 12:37 PM

    I’m a Saints fan and I would take half the SEC defenses over ours :(

  40. j0esixpack says: Oct 31, 2012 12:38 PM

    dccowboy says: It’s why they stopped the exhibition between the Superbowl winner and the ‘College All-Stars’ back in 1976. The College All-Stars were getting destroyed.

    ———————

    So on one post you talk about the potential ignominy of losing to a college team, then you state that the college all stars would be destroyed?

    Which is it?

    And of course, as anyone knows, any coach would rather have the best “team” in college football that knows how to play as a “team” than an assembly of “the best” college players who have never once played together as a team before.

    Do you actually think that an assembly of the remaining NFL-All Stars would crush the Super Bowl winning TEAM in the NFL either?

  41. craigs1985 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:38 PM

    The Chiefs don’t have 53 players good enough to be in the NFL.

  42. bigcalidawg says: Oct 31, 2012 12:40 PM

    Just to be realistic on the basis of raw ability………
    Right now on BAMA’s roster, they have about 6 future first round picks.

    Both stud linebackers will go in the first. Yelding will be 1st round pick. That freshman wideout will go in the 1st, or 2nd. Their quarterback will go in the 2nd, or 3rd.

    They have several offensive linemen who will go in rounds 2-5.

    They have a couple of decent db’s.

    How many NFL teams can stockpile that much talent on one roster? How many could afford it?

  43. humpofdc says: Oct 31, 2012 12:42 PM

    The Ol’e Ball Coach is still funny! Hill killed us in DC. Remeber: “Hind sight is 50/50″ and “5 & 11…Not very good!” That dude is insane.

    Answer this, How can a bunch of 19 year olds, beat a team of experienced 26 year old grown men? IDIOT!!!

  44. sincityhawk says: Oct 31, 2012 12:43 PM

    Hey Spurrier, you forgot that Saban is trying to outlaw the hurry up offense that Oregon runs in college football. That same offense that many NFL teams are adopting to currently. At least Saban’s short NFL career was a tad better than Spurrier’s.

  45. cxring says: Oct 31, 2012 12:43 PM

    Trade Jets for Alabama and begin the rebuilding in NY

  46. orangebluedonkey says: Oct 31, 2012 12:44 PM

    I love college footbal but that is just plain stupid. One play and NFL linemen could literally wipe out a college team by themselves. Spurrier is a goof. He is still one of the most hated. Why would he even say that.

  47. otrd13 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:44 PM

    it comes down to coaching and line matchups. even the worst coached teams in the NFL spend more time preparing with their teams and scouting. college coaches can only spend 20hr/wk w players. sure blane gabbert is god awful but with an nfl OL, mojo and wide receivers they move the ball on bama. no way the tide moves the ball on offense against a professional D line… but im still not positive it would be a massacre, bama seems to always have NFL ready pass rushers

  48. chicost84 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:44 PM

    thejotapee:

    Ridiculous… two of their top guys from last year, Barron and Upshaw are making little impact now. How would they have held up last year?

  49. godofwine330 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:45 PM

    They likely could, but due to the fact that it is much easier to “recruit” than to “draft”. They get so much talent down there with a recent track record that few schools can compete with giving them the best players.

    I believe that they would beat half a dozen NFL teams and they would compete with probably half or more. It’s just conjecture, because we will never see it for real.

  50. grandmachine says: Oct 31, 2012 12:45 PM

    College Football Team =best Football players from high school.

    NFL Team = Best players from College.

    The 0-16 Lions would destroy Alabama.

  51. linvillegorge says: Oct 31, 2012 12:45 PM

    Just to be realistic on the basis of raw ability………
    Right now on BAMA’s roster, they have about 6 future first round picks.

    Both stud linebackers will go in the first. Yelding will be 1st round pick. That freshman wideout will go in the 1st, or 2nd. Their quarterback will go in the 2nd, or 3rd.

    They have several offensive linemen who will go in rounds 2-5.

    They have a couple of decent db’s.

    How many NFL teams can stockpile that much talent on one roster? How many could afford it?

    ———————————

    But how many of those guys will be NFL busts? How many will play at a high level as rookies?

    You could make an all-rookie NFL team and they’d get rolled by the worst NFL team too.

  52. blutbaddenbill says: Oct 31, 2012 12:45 PM

    spurrier was a joke in the nfl and as a player.wtf does he know above the nfl except that it is way above him? the worst team in the nfl would smoke bama or any college team because they are professionals! i have pulled for bama 40 years,but they are’nt good enough to beat any pro team,nfl,arena,or whatever else league except maybe the lingerie league!

  53. hamiltos777 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:45 PM

    With a 12-20 NFL record, why does anyone care what Steve Spurrier thinks about who can and can’t compete in the NFL?

    Steve Spurrier can’t compete in the NFL.

  54. JaminJake says: Oct 31, 2012 12:46 PM

    I’d say that the 02 USC or 01 Miami teams could have done some damage to NFL teams. Those teams were stacked with not only top tier talent, but serviceable players at most spots. I don’t feel Bama is close to either of these teams. Keep in mind Miami had Portis, Gore, McGahee, Shockey, Winslow, Johnson, and some decent people on the O-Line. Palmer was full of fire and moxy that year also, sadly hasn’t been the same Kimo rolled his leg in the playoffs.

  55. JaminJake says: Oct 31, 2012 12:47 PM

    bigcalidawg says:
    Oct 31, 2012 12:40 PM
    Just to be realistic on the basis of raw ability………
    Right now on BAMA’s roster, they have about 6 future first round picks.

    Both stud linebackers will go in the first. Yelding will be 1st round pick. That freshman wideout will go in the 1st, or 2nd. Their quarterback will go in the 2nd, or 3rd.

    They have several offensive linemen who will go in rounds 2-5.

    They have a couple of decent db’s.

    How many NFL teams can stockpile that much talent on one roster? How many could afford it?

    ________________________________

    How many picks actually pan out. It’s not where they go, it’s what they produce. This question can’t be answered for a few years. You have to see how the players here fair in the NFL.

  56. anthonykornheiser says: Oct 31, 2012 12:47 PM

    this is insane. it reminds me of a conversation i had with a stranger in a bar once, he said that usc team with bush, leinart, jarrett etc would beat NFL teams. leinart is a bum, bush turned out to be decent not great, jarrett i think is out of football. The fact he even said that after being made a complete moron when he coached the redskins is a joke. Everyone in the NFL were elite in college or a few hidden gems that developed afterwards. Even guys who are complete busts tore it up at the college ranks and had these so called pundits saying they would have cannons and be great in the NFL…eg: brady quinn, half of the wr’s the lions took at one point, tim couch etc. There is no guarantee these college standouts will even be good in the NFL, so yeah, let them play a team like the chiefs with even brady quinn, he was a stud in college so he’d stand out against these college kids. Add some fast lineman, jamaal charles and co and they would probably lose by 45 +

  57. purpleloki says: Oct 31, 2012 12:47 PM

    Too bad Steve never could…

  58. cwmorga says: Oct 31, 2012 12:48 PM

    I’d take my chances with their defense for a game or two.

    /Saints fan

  59. thewizardofbs says: Oct 31, 2012 12:49 PM

    Yea, Alabama could certainly beat a Spurrier coached NFL team

  60. PriorKnowledge says: Oct 31, 2012 12:49 PM

    the diff between a good amateur and a pro is the amateur practices until he gets it right. The pro practices until he can’t get it wrong.

  61. pastabelly says: Oct 31, 2012 12:50 PM

    The only one dumb enough to believe anything this guy says is Daniel Snyder. Good thing for the old ball coach that Snyder emptied the money truck for him.

    Speaking of Alabama, their head coach also doesn’t know how to win in the NFL.

  62. clickablecontent says: Oct 31, 2012 12:53 PM

    I’m sure Spurrier thought the Redskins could compete in the NFL too. HEYO!

  63. JMB says: Oct 31, 2012 12:53 PM

    Says the guy that couldn’t make it in the NFL. That must be what his coaching buddies decided on the golf course.

  64. patriotenvy says: Oct 31, 2012 12:54 PM

    There are people in CT who think the UCONN Women team could win a championship against the men. that is why college sports fans are not taken seriously.

  65. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Oct 31, 2012 12:56 PM

    Wheres deb? She’s always posting how Bama is the greatest ever…

  66. sactogary says: Oct 31, 2012 12:57 PM

    dccowboy says: It’s why they stopped the exhibition between the Superbowl winner and the ‘College All-Stars’ back in 1976. The College All-Stars were getting destroyed.
    ———————————————
    1) They were not always getting destroyed. The next to last game was 1975: Steelers 21, College 14. 2) There’s a big gap between the Super Bowl winner and the worst team in the NFL. 3) An all-star team playing together for one game will not be as good as a highly rated team playing together for a season under the same coach. 4) None of those games was a lopsided as Sunday’s Pats-Rams game.

  67. acovey10 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:58 PM

    K let’s see it. Browns vs Crismon Tide. They would get smashed

  68. MichaelEdits says: Oct 31, 2012 1:01 PM

    Alabama could probably do like Spurrier’s old Redskins and dominate in the NFL preseason.

  69. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 31, 2012 1:02 PM

    Spurriers right, and the defense is just half the story, that offensive line would own most defensive fronts in the NFL, and when you have a Adrain Peterson clone in TJ Yeldon and Eddie Lacey picking up the tough yards, they would overmatch teams like the Jags and Chiefs and even the Bills.

  70. sprizzle2182 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:04 PM

    lets call it what it is…Spurrier is probably just trying to pump us up to try to make us fall..our players dont listen to the hype, and the ones who do and can’t get out of their own way for the better of the team, don’t start…

  71. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 31, 2012 1:04 PM

    Such a joke.

    First, take the speed of the game into account. No player for Alabama has ever played a down in the NFL. None of them are accustomed to how fast an NFL team plays. None of them are used to men that large moving that fast. Some of them will be NFL players someday, and they will spend six months of OTAs and camp adjusting. For one game right now? Alabama would be toast.

    Think of the position battles. Both Alabama’s offensive and defensive lines would be way too small. NFL offensive lines are stocked with the biggest bodies available from 100+ Division 1 schools, from multiple graduation years. The odds that Alabama’s lines have NFL starting calibur bodies this very second are almost non-existant. Their defensive line would get slapped down, and their offensive line would get bull rushed into the dirt. NFL linemen slow Alabama running backs with one arm, and then they’d get popped by an NFL linebacker.

    NFL corners watching the eyes of a college quarterback? Please. Ten interceptions would be merciful. Every other down would result in a coverage sack. The NFL team could probably go with man-to-man coverage and just send a safety straight to the quarterback on every down.

    And the kicking game. Dear God. How many blocks? How many times would Alabama’s backup linemen get steamrolled on a field goal attempt or punt? Alabama has two kickers on the roster (good luck with that on game day, by the way), and the primary one hasn’t hit a kick longer than 38 yards this season.

    I can’t fathom how anyone would think Alabama had a snowball’s chance in hell against any NFL team.

  72. sprizzle2182 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:05 PM

    when spurrier gives anyone a compliment, theres an evil reason behind it…look what he said about Dabo Sweeny after Dabo’s GENUINLY caring and heartfelt remarks about lattamore

  73. 69finfan says: Oct 31, 2012 1:07 PM

    I think the Old Ball Coach must have gotten into somebody’s moonshine there in South Carolina. Either that or he took a shanked golf shot off the noggin.

  74. whodeydaytonchapter says: Oct 31, 2012 1:09 PM

    “the Crimson Tide have maybe 30 players who will be good enough to play in the NFL some day” That sounds like a lot but considering the practice squad, guys that never make an impact, and an average 3.5 year career it sounds possible. Still, assuming 30 guys got a sniff of the NFL, statistically speaking a certain percentage of the better ones are going to be flat out busts. I have to believe Spurrier doesn’t really believe this nonsense.

  75. castleanthrax says: Oct 31, 2012 1:10 PM

    True that the SEC is quality football, but not on any given Saturday/Sunday would any team from NCAA beat an NFL team.

    Let’s not forget the NCAA is the minors for the NFL. Tell me what AHL team could beat an NHL team, AAA team beating a MLB team, etc.

    None would be the answer.

    Spurrier is a clown why are we even bothering to humor him?

  76. draftrobot says: Oct 31, 2012 1:11 PM

    When referring to Spurrier’s Redsins team as “terrible”, it’s worth noting his first squad, the year he actually tried, went 7-9, winning one fewer game than NFL-lifer Marty Schottenheimer won the year before.

  77. bigcalidawg says: Oct 31, 2012 1:11 PM

    I’m wondering how many people responding to this thread have actually seen what an Alabama football player looks like.

    Alabama is the closest we will get to those great 80’s Nebraska teams that just stockpiled talent.

    Alabama selects the best of the best. I’m not even a BAMA fan, and I can tell you that Alabama does not recruit…….they draft……as many kids as they want.

    And yes, believe it, or not, there are 18 year-old kids playing college ball right now that are physically prepared for the NFL. (See Todd Gurley)

  78. sprizzle2182 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:12 PM

    chicost84 says:
    Oct 31, 2012 12:44 PM
    thejotapee:

    Ridiculous… two of their top guys from last year, Barron and Upshaw are making little impact now. How would they have held up last year?

    how bout Hightower? pretty sure he’s having a decent year…lol…and trents having as good a season as you would expect playing for the browns…

  79. beavertonsteve says: Oct 31, 2012 1:12 PM

    Let LSU add 30 top level players from programs around the country, practice together for a few months and then play Alabama. That’s about the level of talent the WORST NFL teams have.

  80. dukemarc says: Oct 31, 2012 1:14 PM

    There isn’t a college team on the planet that could keep a game within 5 TDs playing the worst NFL team.

  81. dasmol says: Oct 31, 2012 1:14 PM

    How does this guy walk with both feet in his mouth?

  82. sprizzle2182 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:16 PM

    AlanSaysYo says:
    Oct 31, 2012 1:04 PM
    Think of the position battles. Both Alabama’s offensive and defensive lines would be way too small. NFL offensive lines are stocked with the biggest bodies available from 100+ Division 1 schools, from multiple graduation years. The odds that Alabama’s lines have NFL starting calibur bodies this very second are almost non-existant. Their defensive line would get slapped down, and their offensive line would get bull rushed into the dirt. NFL linemen slow Alabama running backs with one arm, and then they’d get popped by an NFL linebacker.

    u must have missed the stat at the beginning of the season that showed that our O-line is the EXACT same size as the giants’…not saying we could beat an NFL team, but at least get ur arguments in order before u type them

  83. rg3andthensome says: Oct 31, 2012 1:17 PM

    does this guy ever just stop and think before he opens those big stupid flapping lips????

    He should know, with his awful personel decsisions in DC that anything he says about the NFL can be discounted by a power of 10000000….Guy could not even put his shoes on right as a coach in the NFL, and often times, he attacked any coach who worked harder than he did…Calling Jim Haslett….”JIM HAZELETT” and then proceeding to get BLASTED off the field.

    SHUT UP STEVE! Stop your team from the current fall from the cliff that they have experienced and then get back to golf.

  84. BeachBum46 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:18 PM

    dccowboy says: Oct 31, 2012 12:26 PM

    “Last place team against first place college team.”

    So what Owner in his right mind would subject his team to that potential ignominy?
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    As a Cowboys fan, I could see Jerry Jones doing for a sold out Cowboys Stadium.

  85. 7swag7 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:18 PM

    Spurrier-think: college talent = pro talent.

    This explains his approach to assembling those Redskins rosters; what with their college-laden talent and all. All these years later, I finally have the answer to that same rhetorical question I asked each Sunday: ‘what was he thinking?’

  86. bigcalidawg says: Oct 31, 2012 1:22 PM

    Let Trent run behind Bama’s line, not the Browns.

    Who has better linebackers….Cleveland, or BAMA?

    Who has a better defensive line?

    Cleveland has better DB’s and more depth at QB and WR.

    I’m not saying BAMA can hang with a good NFL team. I just think they could beat 3, or 4 of the bottom feeder teams.

    Their strength and conditioning program is better than most NFL teams.

  87. jjackwagon says: Oct 31, 2012 1:24 PM

    Maybe if you take the worst player at each position from the NFL until you hit 53. Only way ‘Bama would stand a chance.

  88. travishenryskid says: Oct 31, 2012 1:24 PM

    Alabama is the best looking College team I can remember. There is something to be said for coaching and execution, which Bama does better than NFL bottom feeders. They wouldn’t win, but they wouldn’t get blown out either.

  89. ldenne says: Oct 31, 2012 1:25 PM

    what does Spurrier know about competing in the NFL?

  90. marty2020 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:40 PM

    It would be men against boys. College players are drafted and develop into NFL players over a period of years.

    The talent, the execution, is so much better in the NFL. The whole idea that any college team could beat any NFL team is just idiotic.

  91. j0esixpack says: Oct 31, 2012 1:40 PM

    grandmachine says: NFL Team = Best players from College.

    —————————-

    Tell that to all the undrafted rookie free agents who have gone on to have excellent careers. And the best players in college who have been NFL busts…

    Not to mention a certain QB drafted in the 6th round.

    In fairness all of those players became NFL greats because they knew how to play well as a team.

    Spurrier has his college players playing well as a team. We see numerous NFL teams that have great talent but very clearly cannot play well as a team.

    Barring a Top 3 lottery system for the #1 draft pick I’d love to see the worst NFL team have to face the prospect of playing, and potentially losing to the best College team. That might offset a “Suck for Luck” effort in the future, and would be more interesting watching than the Pro Bowl for sure.

  92. hawks49 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:43 PM

    Oh how I would love to watch a college team try to score a single point against the Niners.

    It would also be hilarious to see a O-line manhandle a College defense and run the ball every-single-play… you know, like grade school slaughter rules.

  93. blaksteele says: Oct 31, 2012 1:43 PM

    I’ve been a huge Bama fan for about 25 years and even I know Bama would get destroyed by the worst NFL team. It wouldn’t be close at all.

  94. johnnybgood19 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:44 PM

    Few readers here recall the days when the NFL champ would play a college allstar team in July as a kick off to training camp. The best team in the NFL played a team of all stars who were not practiced together for more than a few days and yet the kids competed most years. The Old Ball Coach may not have had what it takes to be a coach in the NFL but he’s probably right on on this one, but he is one hell of a football coach.

    Not that this could happen, but take a college team like bama and funnel their top players over a four year span to one NFL team, and no other draft picks or trades except in case of serious injury and you’d have a team in the SB by year 5.

  95. m3dman3 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:54 PM

    No College team could EVER beat an NFL team.

  96. packfan429 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:55 PM

    lol, this is funny!!

    He ran from the league, what does he know about the NFL!!!

  97. grandpoopah says: Oct 31, 2012 1:59 PM

    A bottom feeder NFL team (let’s say the KC Chiefs) would have a significant advantage in pure player talent. But for what it’s worth, the Tide would likely have just as great an advantage in the coaching department. Could you imagine Nick Saban ever not knowing why his best player only got five carries in a game?

  98. mf7krime says: Oct 31, 2012 1:59 PM

    Alabama would struggle to get a first down and points are out of the question. 75-0 pro team minimum.

  99. ambitoos says: Oct 31, 2012 2:02 PM

    Not a doubt in my mind that they could beat the Chargers. I’d pay to see that game.

  100. nytroutdog says: Oct 31, 2012 2:03 PM

    As a Bills season ticket holder I’m fairly sure he’s right: assuming they play in The Ralph. Yup, they’re that bad.

  101. kacapaco says: Oct 31, 2012 2:05 PM

    And beat The Jests.

  102. dcviking says: Oct 31, 2012 2:07 PM

    Also, imagine how hard it would be for Alabama to get under the NFL’s salary cap…

  103. theenutty says: Oct 31, 2012 2:09 PM

    Alabama’s defense may hold their ground for a quarter or two against maybe a Jacksonville, who has a garbage QB. But theres no way Alabama scores against any NFL defense, those guys are just too fast. Its why you dont see the option hardly ever in the NFL.

  104. mz1394 says: Oct 31, 2012 2:11 PM

    they need to start drug testing coaches

  105. pantherfan550 says: Oct 31, 2012 2:13 PM

    Bama couldn’t stop Cam by himself two years ago, what makes anyone think they could stop him with Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart now?

  106. sactogary says: Oct 31, 2012 2:17 PM

    dccowboy says:Oct 31, 2012 12:26 PM

    “Last place team against first place college team.”

    So what Owner in his right mind would subject his team to that potential ignominy?
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    Actually, if the NFL implemented this, it might be a great incentive to prevent teams from tanking to get the first draft pick.

  107. coachglove says: Oct 31, 2012 2:21 PM

    saying bama would lose by 28 is ridiculous. they would lose by 150. they would be hard pressed to get a 1st down.

  108. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 31, 2012 2:22 PM

    The bottom half of the roster of the worst 4 or 5 nfl teams is composed of players “currently good enough to play in the nfl” only because there is no one better or competent at that level that they can find.

    Those teams have no depth and the bottom half of their rosters are not good enough to play on most nfl teams so Spurrier may be right about this.

  109. sactogary says: Oct 31, 2012 2:27 PM

    hawks49 says:Oct 31, 2012 1:43 PM

    Oh how I would love to watch a college team try to score a single point against the Niners.

    It would also be hilarious to see a O-line manhandle a College defense and run the ball every-single-play… you know, like grade school slaughter rules.
    —————————————————-
    You’re way out of line, suggesting that the 49ers are bottom-feeders, which is what this discussion is about – a top college team beating NFL bottom-feeders.

  110. zzr600guy says: Oct 31, 2012 2:29 PM

    I remember thinking the Miami Hurricanes of the early 2000’s could beat the lowest nfl team, they had Ed Reed, McGahee, Taylor, Shockey, Wilfork, Wayne, etc… But they also had Ken Dorsey at qb so probably not.

  111. fatguystrangler says: Oct 31, 2012 2:32 PM

    Will someone please tell the Head Ball Coach today is Halloween and not April Fools Day? Get real.

  112. dolphins4 says: Oct 31, 2012 2:33 PM

    With Vick turning the ball over 4 times a game they could probably beat the Eagles.

  113. sactogary says: Oct 31, 2012 2:37 PM

    m3dman3 says:Oct 31, 2012 1:54 PM

    No College team could EVER beat an NFL team.
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    1963
    College All-Stars 20
    Green Bay Packers 17

    Well, you did say “EVER”. This was actually the ninth win for the college all-stars over the NFL champions.

  114. dukemarc says: Oct 31, 2012 2:40 PM

    JaminJake says:
    Oct 31, 2012 12:46 PM
    I’d say that the 02 USC or 01 Miami teams could have done some damage to NFL teams. Those teams were stacked with not only top tier talent, but serviceable players at most spots. I don’t feel Bama is close to either of these teams. Keep in mind Miami had Portis, Gore, McGahee, Shockey, Winslow, Johnson, and some decent people on the O-Line. Palmer was full of fire and moxy that year also, sadly hasn’t been the same Kimo rolled his leg in the playoffs.
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    Look at the names on the offensive and defensive lines for those teams – they would get eaten alive by NFL starting caliber linemen.

  115. jm91rs says: Oct 31, 2012 2:48 PM

    This happens every few years. Someone says this college team could beat that pro team (usually my bengals). I remember many years ago everyone saying Florida State could beat the Bengals. The next week Notre Dame beat Florida State and shortly after that Boston College beat Notre Dame, and just about everyone else beat Boston College that year. These college teams can lose to other elite college teams, no way they’re going to beat a pro team made up of former elite college players.

  116. raymondtx says: Oct 31, 2012 2:55 PM

    Does he mean the same way a fly competes with a windshield?

  117. fground says: Oct 31, 2012 2:59 PM

    as much as I think it’s ridiculous I sure would love to see a game between Alabama and last placed NFL team…

    Kill the Pro Bowl and have the NCAA Champ play the last place NFL team….now that would get some nice ratings….at least the first time around.

  118. fground says: Oct 31, 2012 3:01 PM

    on a slightly different angle…back in the 1982 I bet North Carolina or Georgetown could have beaten a bunch of bottom of the league NBA teams

  119. packerbadger says: Oct 31, 2012 3:04 PM

    Steve Spurrier’s Redskins could have been beat. After all, they were a college team when he was coaching them.

  120. jlswisc says: Oct 31, 2012 3:10 PM

    Couple of points:

    1. The post about Cam Newton (above) is interesting and provides a perfect example.

    2. A bunch of posts seem to indicate that b/c Trent Richardson is doing well with “Cleveland’s line”it shows that Alabama could hang –implying that Cleveland’s line is bad and Alabama’s is good.

    Let me remind these people that Joe Thomas is on the Cleveland line. He is a 5 time pro-bowler and was an Outland trophy winner. He was one the greatest college lineman ever. So the difference in Trent’s production b/t college and pro shows just how much harder it is in the NFL.

    Cleveland actually is an interesting test case. They are starting many rookies. Notice the rookies production is WAY down from college. They all are doing well though–b/c they were some of the best college players, have had a year of training, and are supported by other NFL caliber players.

  121. jlswisc says: Oct 31, 2012 3:15 PM

    Another point: even the really stacked teams like the Miami team(s) referenced above, have enough weak points that an NFL would exploit for easy wins.

    Yes that Miami team had 3 pro-bowl caliber Rbs and a slew of receivers. But not all of them were NFL ready the same year.

    But more importantly, even some “stud” college players on these great teams end up not being able to cut it in the NFL.

    Mike Rumph would be beaten over and over and over and over again by an NFL team. In fact he was.

  122. In the Weeds says: Oct 31, 2012 3:29 PM

    He’s just used to NFL teams with 12-20 records.

  123. In the Weeds says: Oct 31, 2012 3:35 PM

    Wait a minute–Maybe he’s right.
    But only if HE coached the NFL team.

  124. tluke25 says: Oct 31, 2012 4:09 PM

    The transition from college to rookie in the NFL is a tremendous undertaking. Even most 1st round picks struggle greatly with it. Now you are asking the entire Alabama roster to make that transition. Regardless of their talent pool, they would likely be an 0-16 team.

    After a few seasons together in the NFL, they might be able to muster out 2-3 wins, but that would probably be the peak.

  125. joecancun says: Oct 31, 2012 4:09 PM

    These comments from Spurrier should cement the case for the former NFL players concussion lawsuit.
    The man obviously has early onset dementia.

  126. joshm5683 says: Oct 31, 2012 4:21 PM

    Remember those And 1 tours? I remember T-Mac and Kobe showing up and absolutely murdering them………on that same topic Skip to my Lou was probably the best of those And 1 tours, and he was a backup a few years in the NBA then never heard of again, there is a big gap between the pros and teams assembled of people who want to be pros. Like everyone has said, NFL teams, even the really bad ones are composed of the best division 1 talent that is available, everyone in the NFL at some point was “the man” at his position.

  127. hazlydose says: Oct 31, 2012 4:23 PM

    The biggest difference would be the push at the line. Are Alabama’s rotation lineman going to be able to stop NFL players? No. Take the Panthers for example. Charles Johnson would be pushing the tackles the whole way back into the quarterback.

  128. oldskoool says: Oct 31, 2012 4:30 PM

    Why does Spurrier even make public mention about the NFL anymore? The fool.

    On a lighter note, if the NFL wanted to make for an interesting pre-season, matching up against college teams would do the trick!

    I know, I know. Its not happening. Just fun to imagine.

  129. grandmachine says: Oct 31, 2012 5:27 PM

    Joesixbad said

    Tell that to all the undrafted rookie free agents who have gone on to have excellent careers. And the best players in college who have been NFL busts…

    Not to mention a certain QB drafted in the 6th round.
    ————————————————————-When did I ever say that undrafted rookie free agents are bad players or QB’s from the 6th or 7th round?
    The NFL drafts around 250 players a year. In a sport where thousands of players play in high profile schools every year. Not all of them are going to get drafted. I would see players that are drafted in the 6th or 7th or undrafted players breaking numerous school records, but don’t get drafted because of the school they go to or whatever reason.

  130. stewart803 says: Oct 31, 2012 6:04 PM

    Ask Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson if Alabama could win against an NFL team. And the simply answer will be HELL NO.

  131. bamafan92 says: Oct 31, 2012 7:23 PM

    I am a huge Bama fan but to say that they could compete in the nfl against anyone is ridiculous. Steve would be better off keeping his comments to himelf, instead of embarrassing himself

  132. marlinman15 says: Oct 31, 2012 8:51 PM

    Look if you’re gonna compare ANY college teams to NFL teams use the hurricanes of the 80’s and 90’s those teams with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and Warren Sapp and Santana Moss and Mcgahee and Portis and James and those guys Those guys would MAYBE beat the 0-16 lions and thats about it but the canes of the 80’s and 90’s are the teams that would stand the most chance

  133. drewsylvania says: Oct 31, 2012 9:08 PM

    Steve Spurious.

  134. sufferingbirdsfan says: Oct 31, 2012 9:16 PM

    No Steve, much like yourself, Alabama could not compete in the NFL.

  135. reengleman says: Oct 31, 2012 11:36 PM

    I well recall the 1963 game when Lombardi’s World Champion Packers were defeated by the College All-Stars. As another poster stated, it had occurred on several prior occasions.

  136. gilford2012 says: Nov 1, 2012 12:39 AM

    Did any of you take the time to compare Alabama’s offensive line to the Jacksonville Jaguars O-line?
    Alabama’s Offensive line averages 30 lbs HEAVIER than the Jaguars O-line.
    The Jags don’t have much more experience either.
    One started is a rookie. They have another with four years of experience from a small school.
    Did any of you notice how many first round picks the Jag’s have on defense?
    Well,
    Before you start with your “not even close” comments, try researching the weakest NFL team and you will find that Alabama stacks up with more size, more speed and a higher caliber of overall talent than the Jags.
    ESPECIALLY on the offensive line.
    Put that in your blender…

  137. txnative61 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:08 AM

    No reason to argue relative coaching abilities or pass rush or finesse, just tell the core offensive line to push, hand off to anybody and gain at least five yards. If that gets old, send one receiver faster than any Bama DB has ever seen deep and score a touchdown. Every trick in the book wouldn’t help, just not the same game.

  138. reengleman says: Nov 1, 2012 10:33 AM

    After submitting my earlier post, I checked the statistics for the College All-Star game and learned the following:

    After the initial 5 games, the All-Stars led the series 2-1-2.

    The All-Stars blanked the pros twice in the 40s, with each score being 16-0.

    While it’s correct they only won on 9 occasions, that’s still 9 wins more than the zero many posters have stated would occur.

  139. mrfrostyj says: Nov 1, 2012 10:40 AM

    College football is a different game altogether than the NFL. I’ve read some people who keep saying stuff regarding size etc. It’s not even about that really. How good a college football team is is based on things like strength of schedule as well as recruiting practices. Basically a coaches job in college football is to create as many mismatches in their favor to their opponents.

    That is not the case in the pro’s. Alabama will have 0 mismatches. Every pass will have to be fit into the tightest window possible to be completed (something that is not the case in college). The offense and defensive lines will have to out power the lines of the opposing teams (not going to happen) and the defensive backs and linebackers will have to go step for step with some of the fastest and most skilled receivers they’ve ever faced (as opposed to MAYBE one guy with that kind of skill per game that they can double team).

    Games against the Jaguars and Chiefs wouldn’t be complete blowouts but they do win pretty easily. The Panthers, Browns and Saints on the other hand would probably break scoring records against Alabama in ridiculously lopsided blowouts.

  140. surfer9er says: Nov 1, 2012 1:41 PM

    He’s delusional. Maybe ‘Bama beats an NFL team if Spurrier was the coach of that NFL team.

  141. delashmit says: Nov 1, 2012 1:47 PM

    Not often that I agree with the Old Ball Coach but this may have some validity.

  142. rsmeans says: Nov 1, 2012 3:11 PM

    The NFL champion used to play the college all stars in Chicago and NFL champion won about 70% of the time. However you had NFL teams that had played together for years playing against a college all star group that had only two weeks practice yet the college all stars won roughly 30% of the time against not the weak NFL teams but the best.

    Anyone who says that any NFL team would destroy Alabama does not know crap about football. The best NFL teams would likely beat Alabama and the weaker ones would likely lose to Alabama. Alabama is bigger and faster than most Alabama teams and the present roster contains about 30 players who will play in the NFL. The NFL is vastly overrated with many old slow smaller less athletic men playing against stronger bigger athletic youngesters.

    Most college teams especially those that play flag football or areana type football (spread) could not compete but defensive oriented SEC teams would surprise more than one or two NFL teams. It is true that the NBA is a different story where the best college team would be hard pressed to beat any NBA team. In Baseball amateur international teams often beat the best major league teams. Talk about stupidity both NFL and College Media writers and fans are about evenly matched.

  143. mrmafaka says: Nov 1, 2012 4:53 PM

    It appears the concussions are spreading to the coaches, Alabama is a good College team, they could not hang with the Pros, its like men versus boys, the O and D lines alone would smear Bama into the ground, Spurrier take off the helmet and quit participating in the tackling drill at SC.

  144. mrfrostyj says: Nov 1, 2012 5:54 PM

    rsmeans says:Nov 1, 2012 3:11 PM

    The NFL champion used to play the college all stars in Chicago and NFL champion won about 70% of the time. However you had NFL teams that had played together for years playing against a college all star group that had only two weeks practice yet the college all stars won roughly 30% of the time against not the weak NFL teams but the best.

    Anyone who says that any NFL team would destroy Alabama does not know crap about football. The best NFL teams would likely beat Alabama and the weaker ones would likely lose to Alabama. Alabama is bigger and faster than most Alabama teams and the present roster contains about 30 players who will play in the NFL. The NFL is vastly overrated with many old slow smaller less athletic men playing against stronger bigger athletic youngesters.

    Most college teams especially those that play flag football or areana type football (spread) could not compete but defensive oriented SEC teams would surprise more than one or two NFL teams. It is true that the NBA is a different story where the best college team would be hard pressed to beat any NBA team. In Baseball amateur international teams often beat the best major league teams. Talk about stupidity both NFL and College Media writers and fans are about evenly matched.
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    Got to disagree with you as you’re actually hurting your own case. The “College all-stars” are pretty much = to the worst teams in the NFL as you are taking all the best players from the NCAA and putting them on one team. We’re not talking about a college all-star team, we’re talking about a specific college team. It wouldn’t even be close.

  145. rsmeans says: Nov 1, 2012 7:07 PM

    All Star teams have not played with each other. They have little chemistry especially given the short practice period. A good college team that has played together and is able to communicate would do X times better.

  146. puba76 says: Nov 1, 2012 11:21 PM

    It would be a boring game, the NFL team would never have to throw the ball. The offensive line would dominate, and avg 6-8 yds per run. The bama O probably wouldn’t get past midfield. This would be ugly…old man strength!!!

  147. japmen says: Nov 2, 2012 12:40 AM

    The old ball coach is weaving into moron territory now. Between that and his commnets about Clemson…I can see why he went back to college. It takes a special talent to beat teams in an equal environment. Like coaching talent instead of recruiting…

  148. bobzilla1001 says: Nov 2, 2012 3:36 AM

    Tide 30
    Chiefs 7…

  149. tlmoon2112 says: Nov 2, 2012 9:06 AM

    So after last night’s debacle, does anyone actually think the Chefs (misspelled on purpose) gave the Chargers a better game then Alabama would? I DONT.

  150. delashmit says: Nov 2, 2012 11:15 AM

    Spurrier was talking about playing and beating a Pro Football Team. The KC Chiefs do not qualify.

  151. packhousethe says: Nov 3, 2012 4:08 PM

    Spurrier worry about South Caroina and no more you have a lot there to worry about………

  152. roltyd says: Nov 4, 2012 5:58 AM

    Steve Spurrier is a chit starter!

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