Carroll shoots down idea Alabama could compete in NFL
While on the Dan Patrick Show, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said based on what he has seen on Sundays, this year’s Alabama team could beat some of the bad 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.”
On Wednesday, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was his thoughts on Spurrier’s comments. After spending nine seasons coaching the USC Trojans, Carroll has seen his share of talent filled teams. During his tenure at USC, Carroll was asked a similar question about whether his USC team could beat an NFL team. His opinion on the subject was similar then to that of now.
“I was confronted with that at times [at USC] and the falsehood is to think that that could ever take place. It ain’t even close. It’s not even close. Alabama’s got a great team and [Alabama coach] Nick [Saban] is a fantastic coach, but when you matchup the interior lines against regular NFL teams on either side of the ball, it wouldn’t even be close,” Carroll said.
Carroll believes that, while the Alabama team is talented, they could not match-up physically with the players on the NFL.
“Most of his guys are going to play in the NFL. Our guys were all winding up having a chance to play [in the league] but at the time when you find them when they’re still in college they’re not ready for it in my opinion. I used to say that. Don’t kid yourself. There ain’t no way. That’s how I think it would happen. It’s not the receivers. It’s not the running backs. It’s what would happen up front that would be tremendously shocking to a college team,” he said.
I doubt a game between a college team and NFL team will ever take place, but if it did, the NFL team would blow out the college team. Carroll is 100% right.