ESPN: Gary Patterson receives vote as potential NFL coaching candidate

  • Joe Buettner
  • Diehards
Jan 03, 2018

TCU football coach Gary Patterson is one of the best coaches at the college level, and it seems like he’s mentioned as a possible head-coaching candidate every fall when other Power 5 programs fire their coach.

Patterson doesn’t seem to be leaving Fort Worth, Texas, anytime soon, but at least one person thinks Patterson could make the jump to the NFL.

In a recent ESPN article, 45 analysts ranked five candidates who aren’t currently head coaches in the NFL as potential hires for a hypothetical franchise.

Here are the exact rules via the article:

The ground rules are simple: We asked 45 of our [ESPN] NFL experts — reporters, analysts, former players — to play GM and rank five candidates who aren’t currently head coaches in the NFL who they’d try to hire for hypothetical franchises. That’s 45 ballots, each with five names, ranked one through five.

While Patterson received only one anonymous vote, he was the second-place choice on the expert’s ballot.

In essence, this doesn’t mean whole lot, but it does go to show how highly others think of the TCU football coach. He’s put the Frogs in position to win the Big 12 numerous times since the school jumped from the Mountain West Conference to the Power-5 ranks.

He’s always had a knack for producing quality defenses and solid offenses, without compromising either unit too much.

Could the 57-year-old coach make the jump one day? Maybe, but for now, TCU fans likely don’t have much to worry about when it comes to Patterson.

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