In fairness, the SEC as a whole was not as good as the conference usually is in 2016. Alabama was great. But after that, you had a huge pile of mediocrity, with every team in the conference having at least four losses.
College football’s coaching carousel was active prior to the 2016 season, as 28 programs hired a new full-time coach. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff.
The 2017 NFL Draft looks to be yet another edition of the event where quarterback-starved franchises are digging deeper than they normally do in hopes of finding a long-term solution at the most critical position.
Even though Alabama made the national championship game and claimed the No. 1 ranking for the CFB Playoff, the 2016 college football season was a down year for the SEC. Every team outside of the Crimson Tide finished with at least four losses.