A lot of college football head coaches are expected to get looks in the upcoming NFL head coaching cycle. But while the usual names like Urban Meyer, Matt Campbell and Pat Fitzgerald are attracting a lot of attention, Florida’s Dan Mullen is apparently interested too.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Mullen is reportedly “open” to moving to the NFL. Mullen has no NFL coaching experience of his own, but over 25 years of college experience.
Mullen is 98-54 as a head coach at Mississippi State and Florida. He had Florida in the top 10 in each of his first two years at the helm, and is 29-9 with the Gators overall.
But perhaps the biggest qualifier Mullen has is his reputation as a QB guru. He was the Utah quarterbacks coach who developed future No. 1 pick Alex Smith, the Mississippi State head coach for Dak Prescott, and most recently developed Kyle Trask into a Heisman Trophy finalist. Mullen also helped develop Tim Tebow into one of college football’s all-time greats.
Dan Mullen open to moving to the NFL per Adam Schefter pic.twitter.com/Bw0wQZxp5H
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) January 3, 2021
For the longest time, college coaches with limited NFL experience were basically persona non grata. But the recent success of coaches like Kliff Kingsbury and Matt Rhule have swung the door open to college coaches.
And given how absolutely essential the quarterback is in the NFL, any coach that can develop one into a star is going to get consideration. Whether Dan Mullen meets that qualification remains to be seen.
Turning around an NFL team – especially one that will be coming off a bad season – is much harder than turning around a team like Florida or even Mississippi State.
Could Dan Mullen find success in the NFL?