The NFL was a different world back then. Jimmy came out of Miami with better scouting reports on college players than most other organizations and a boatload of draft picks. Plus players absolutely love the guy.Looking back, I'm amazed that Jimmy Johnson had so much success in the NFL.
Most ballyhooed college head coaches seem to always fail at the professional level.
For whatever reason.
Urban Meyer is a snake oil salesman type of coach. His offense was ahead of the curve when he was at Utah and UF. He combined that with being able to sell young kids on getting them to the league.
His problems were:
1. Everyone else caught up to his offense and many have surpassed it.
2. He recruited a ton of low character dudes and looked the other way to the point where kids realized if they were good, they could get away with anything. Hell, he covered up for his assistant coach beating his wife.
3. As soon as things started to sour because the culture he built was fracturing, he split. And you can only do that a couple of times before people realize what you’re doing.