Here's the rub, though...
The coaches likely have some reason to believe - beyond being cautious - there's a good chance Phil will go pro after this season.
That's probably coming from Phil. And if Phil is thinking about it, it's a safe bet he has spoken to his dad about it. His dad is going to have a good handle on the idea. If he's got no chance to get drafted in the first round (and therefore should come back for one more year), they'd know.
So there's got to be some chance that he'll go. I think discounting it out of hand is setting yourself up for disappointment.
Smith is Cassel. Cassel is Grbac. Grbac is Bono. Smith is a bum! We traded for a bum!
"You gotta love livin', cause dying is a pain in the ass."