Alabama could beat some NFL teams, according to Steve Spurrier

Time to lay the "Alabama could beat an NFL team" argument to rest

11/2/12 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Oct 20, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) signals from the line against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIREA few people, including legendary NCAA coach Steve Spurrier, have started spouting off the ridiculous theory that the University of Alabama's football team could beat an NFL team.

As good as they've looked so far, that's just foolishness. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. A brief look at another historically great NCAA team will tell us everything we need to know.

The 2001 Miami Hurricanes are widely touted as the greatest team in NCAA history. They rolled through their entire schedule, going unbeaten in the regular season and then beat Nebraska for the BCS championship.

Their roster included future NFL stars like Ed Reed, Jonathan Vilma, Andre Johnson, Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow Jr., Vince Wilfork, and others.

As stacked as that team was, however, they'd never stand a chance against and NFL team. The answer is simple, and Pete Carroll says it best:
"It ain't even close. Alabama's got a great team and Nick is a fantastic coach, but when you match up the interior lines against regular NFL teams on either side of the ball, it wouldn't even be close."

Carroll is completely right. There are All-American offensive and defensive linemen who would just be another average player in a rotation on NFL teams.

That 2001 Miami team was incredible. This year's Alabama team also looks pretty incredible. That Miami team was loaded with future NFL stars on both sides of the ball. This Alabama team will most likely produce many future NFL players as well.

But still, as good as they are, there are still areas in which Alabama simply can't match up with an NFL team.

As good as the 2001 Hurricanes were, remember that their QB was Ken Dorsey, who was a complete bust in the NFL. He was a 2-time Heisman finalist, but wasn't good enough for the NFL.

It's pretty similar to Mark Ingram, who was a beast for Alabama but has been a marginal player at best for the Saints.

That's typical, though. The Jaguars, as bad as they have been, have Blaine Gabbert at QB. He hasn't been anything special in the NFL, but he was a stud in college.

NFL rosters are chock full of guys who were amazing in college, from the top to the bottom of their rosters. There are All-conference players toiling on practice squads, and Heisman winners who went undrafted.

Alabama might be the best college team in the country by a long shot. But that's all they are. A college team. They'd get rolled by any NFL team. To think otherwise is... well, it's just not thinking at all.
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11/3/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

I think people need to know a little about Steve Spurrier and the fact that he has a history of making out landish comments to stir the pot. He's probably sick of hearing how good Bama is so he just put extra pressure on them. You can write the article just to do so, but know the source of the comment and his history of making such comments.

Also, how about saying that the Saints essentially wasted a draft pick because Ingram doesn't fit their style of offense. I hope Ingram gets a chance with another team one day to carry the ball 20 times a game. I know he's better than how he looks in that offense.

11/2/12   |   jjh8857   |   337 respect

If anyone knows about how to lose in the NFL it'd be Steve Spurrier.

11/2/12   |   rrsabin1   |   1 respect

This article is ridiculous. You base your argument on the comments of one NFL coach. You basically babble about how good the 'Canes '01 team was and continue with how the majority of skill players on that team went on to have great NFL careers. You don't include any solid facts to defend your argument. A more effective way to go about it would be to compare the match up between the Height/Weight/40 time of Alabama's O-Line vs that of the D line from the Browns/Jags/Panthers. You could also have talked about the match up of Alabama's 3-4 defense vs. the run and gun offense style of the Panthers/Eagles/etc.

I also want to know why it is that you don't speak to the opposite side of your argument. You state that "It's pretty similar to Mark Ingram, who was a beast for Alabama but has been a marginal player at best for the Saints". What about  Ahmad Bradshaw who had 2 dismal seasons and one decent season at Marshall, got drafted in the 7th round, but went on to win a Superbowl last year. There are plenty of examples of guys who played at small schools, got drafted to a team with a scheme that fits their style of play, and are now stars.

I honestly don't think the tide could beat an NFL team, but I do think they would put up a decent fight. I feel like I'm wasting my breath here, but next time you write an article - even if it is just your point of view- please include facts to clarify and highlight your points.