In order to bring together my observations of NFL head coaches, which extend for over a half century, I decided in this computer age to tear into the on-the-field records of every head coach. My very first awareness of the NFL was on the late 1950's and early 1960's as a Boston based New York Giant fan. I watched live and still clearly remember the 1958 Colts-Giants, Allan-the Horse Ameche ending classic in Yankee Stadium. I was thrilled just two years later when pro football came to New England with the rag tag Boston Patriots. With stops in Pittsburgh during the Bradshaw-Franco era and in Houston with Bum and Earl "Love Ya Blue" bunch, it has not been tough to follow the sport.
Coaching has always been fascinating to me because it is all so important but somehow very underappreciated. Coaches have always come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. You certainly know after a few years if you have a good one, but was there any way to predict success before you take on a loser? To answer this question, I first developed a way to assess all head coaches across the board on empirical criteria which matter, and not based upon personalities or warm and fuzzies. My Coaching Assessment Scoring Hierarchy (CASH tm)system was therefore born. I then ranked every head coach since 1960. From that point I studied the qualities and attributes of both the top and bottom of my list to develop a profile of the "perfect NFL head coach."
In the "The Perfect Pro Football Coach", I describe this process and set out the entire list of best to worst. I made numerous surprising observations during my analysis. For instance, being a great player is not a key to NFL head coaching success. Great players simply have not made great head coaches. Another surprise was that you don't necessarily have to have ever been a head coach anywhere to be a good NFL head coach. Every owner seems to drool over the current crop of Division I hot shot college coaches, but they very seldom work out as NFL head coaches. It is also absolutely amazing how many NFL head coaches are canned, usually for good reason, only to re-appear as head coaches for another team. My research suggests than most head coaches perform worse the second time around than they did the first. Altruistic principles, aside I can also empirically demonstrate that minority drawn head coaches have preformed every bit as well as any other group.
In the end I assembled a Success Predictability Rating Grid which can be used to compare a coaching candidate with the qualities of the proven most successful (and unsuccessful) coaches to have ever walked the sidelines. Does your guy measure up or not? I started this process with the new head coaching class in 2009. It has been an interesting ride so far. Two important points must be made. The first is that my ratings are absolutely based in fact. There is no personality involved. You can disagree with my factors and weightings but not my rankings based on my weightings. Secondly, I do not profess to know why, for instance, a coach from western Pennsylvania- eastern Ohio has a better chance to succeed, they just have.
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The Perfect Pro Football Coach
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