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Steve Spurrier: Alabama could compete in the NFL

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12:37 PM ET 10.31 | South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier has never been one to bite his tongu,e so we should not be surprised with the quotes coming out today. The only surprise from Spurrier's comments may be that he is complimenting a SEC foe. Spurrier, who has coached at both the professional and collegiate levels, said on the Dan Patrick Show today that he believes the Alabama Crimson Tide would be able to compete with some of the weaker 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." While it is nice for Spurrier to talk up his rivals, it is completely outrageous to suggest that a college team ??? no matter how talented ??? could compete with a NFL team.

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October 31, 2012  01:41 PM ET

Take the Browns (or Jags or Panthers), lay the points.

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October 31, 2012  01:59 PM ET
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Why isn't Steve Spurrier watching Saturday's game film on Sunday?

The NFL was on at the Pro shop after his round of golf. Duh

October 31, 2012  02:00 PM ET

Alabama should be able to compete in the NFL afterall they both pay their players.

October 31, 2012  02:01 PM ET

First of all Spurrier spent time in the NFL with the Redskins. The job he did in DC is not something I would call coaching.
Second of all, Spurrier is drinking the garnet kool aid served up in the South Carolina coaches office. If you don't believe me, just ask Dabo Swinney at Clemson.

October 31, 2012  02:04 PM ET

How did the NFL teams do against Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Tennessee, Missouri, or Michigan? Do any of those teams even have winning records? Even the Raiders.... well most of the worst teams in the NFL would romp those teams as well, and Alabama.

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October 31, 2012  02:31 PM ET

Remember the days when the college all stars would play the NFL champ ? They couldn't compete and that is why they ended the series.

October 31, 2012  02:46 PM ET

Idiot (flips quarter to svt)

The NFL teams (even the "bad" one) have NFL quality players at all levels and Bama doesn't. Like saying last year that Kentucky could beat the Wizards....no they couldn't. Even the players on the bad teams are still high quality players.

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October 31, 2012  03:08 PM ET

I sincerely hope nobody is surprised when SOS says something outrageous. It's what he does. If you're shocked by him saying something that's "out there", you haven't been paying attention to CFB for the last, oh, 22 years or so.

October 31, 2012  03:31 PM ET

And given that Spurrier was such a successful NFL coach we can all take this opinion to the bank!
Bama is outstanding, as a college team. They would lose to an 0-16 NFL team by three/four TDs minimum.
Men against boys.

October 31, 2012  03:34 PM ET

Likely future Spurrier blather: If dissaster struck Knoxville - say, UTK was obliterated - the SEC would adjust. They could easily pick up another school. If they brought in Clemson, they'd still have an orange team.

October 31, 2012  03:36 PM ET

Thinking like Steve Orr: If that devil-host Saban goes back to the pros in the next couple of years, it'll negatively affect Alabama, and I can take South Carolina to the NCG before I retire.

October 31, 2012  05:34 PM ET
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Idiot (flips quarter to svt)The NFL teams (even the "bad" one) have NFL quality players at all levels and Bama doesn't. Like saying last year that Kentucky could beat the Wizards....no they couldn't. Even the players on the bad teams are still high quality players.

And yet, the Detroit Lions managed to lose to the college kids. 1958, I think.

October 31, 2012  05:39 PM ET
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And yet, the Detroit Lions managed to lose to the college kids. 1958, I think.

Googled the game, and found that the college kids didn't do so bad. I think the game was cancelled because teams didn't want their top picks to miss training camp.

November 1, 2012  12:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Idiot (flips quarter to svt)The NFL teams (even the "bad" one) have NFL quality players at all levels and Bama doesn't. Like saying last year that Kentucky could beat the Wizards....no they couldn't. Even the players on the bad teams are still high quality players.

Yep ... it's pretty stupid to assume it much less say it.

On average it takes 2-3 years for players to develop the strength and technique necessary to contribute any meaningful minutes in the NFL. Marcel Dareus is still getting pushed around in Buffalo.

November 1, 2012  04:03 PM ET

Alabama is the best college team I have seen in a long time. They could probably give the Browns or the Bengals a good game. But then again, so could my old high school.

 
November 2, 2012  03:10 PM ET

Actually I have to agree with the 'ol ****... Bama could beat an NFL team, the Spurrier coached Redskins !

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