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B1G 2018 // The Purdue Coaches: Who had the best pro career?

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Judging the Purdue coaching staff by their pro careers

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The Purdue University Football coaches are really good at their jobs. They turned a loser into a winner last season. They are great.

But we can’t just say that the coaches are good and leave it at that. This is the internet. We need to create and consume content. We must rank the coaches and decide who is the best. To do this, we will compare their professional careers as football players.

Head Coach Jeff Brohm

Jeff Brohm played in a total of eight games in two seasons for San Fransisco in the 90s. He finished his NFL career with a perfect 1:1 TD to INT ratio. He was on various NFL rosters for seven seasons, but only saw action in those eight games.

He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and played Minor League baseball for two seasons. This was during his first two summers at Louisville.

He had a great season as QB of the Orlando Rage in the XFL in that league’s one and only season.

Grade: D C (due to XFL and baseball bonus points)

Co-OC / QB Coach Brian Brohm

Brian Brohm played in three games for the Bills, and threw five INTs and zero TDs. Not a great NFL career. Brian also was a backup QB for a few years in the CFL.

Grade: D

Co-DC Nick Holt

Nick Holt did not play professional football.

Grade: F

Co-OC / WR Coach JaMarcus Shepherd

No professional football experience.

Grade: F

RB Coach Chris Barclay

Barclay returned some punts and kicks for New Orleans and Tennessee in 2007. He also played for the Berlin Thunder and the New York Sentinels.

Grade: D

Co-DC Secondary Coach Anthony Poindexter

He played in 10 games with the Ravens in 2000 and has a Super Bowl ring from that season. He has no recorded stats, except for games played.

Grade: C (due to Super Bowl win)


So, who’s the best coach?

I honestly a little surprised at how bad the Purdue coaching staff is in terms of their professional playing careers. I didn’t really have any idea going into this; I thought that there would be at least a couple of guys who played a lot of games in the league. Not so.

The best coach on the Purdue staff is: Anthony Poindexter, due to his involvement on the Super Bowl championship defense for the Ravens. Congratulations to Coach Poindexter!