3. Jeff Brohm, Purdue
It’s not just the win over Ohio State a few weeks ago.
The 47-year-old is one of the rising superstars in the coaching community after cranking up the offense to a whole other level at Western Kentucky, and then taking all of that to Purdue, where he turned around a program that was nothing more than a speed bump for years.
All of a sudden, when it works – and without the five-star guys of an Ohio State – his offense can hang with absolutely anyone.
With his temperament and style, he’s a great fit for the modern NFL. He doesn’t need a superstar quarterback to run his system, but pair him with a pro quarterback, and in an environment where he doesn’t have to recruit, or do the other parts of the college coaching world, and he’ll be a superstar.
However, he’ll be seen as more of a next-step-up guy. Louisville – his alma mater – probably isn’t a big enough job for him if he leaves Purdue, but the NFL at this point is too much of a leap.
Chance he’s the next Cleveland Browns head coach: 1.5%
Don’t be totally shocked if he’s at least talked about by some for this. He’s going to be an elite head coach at an elite program or the NFL, it’s just a question of when.