Don’t hire a coach with 1 position in mind Dan Leberfeld

You shouldn’t hire a coach with one player/position in mind.

It seems like the Jets were very focused on Sam Darnold during their 2019 head coaching search.

“With a potential franchise player in Sam Darnold, the Jets wanted a coach with a background in developing quarterbacks,” wrote ESPN’s Rich Cimini on January 9, 2019. “(Adam) Gase has worked with many, most notably Manning, who set passing records as the Denver Broncos quarterback in 2013 with Gase as the offensive coordinator. Multiple sources told (ESPN’s Jeff) Darlington that the Jets wanted to make sure they got the right person to help Darnold, and the QB believes they did.”

This approach to hiring a head coach probably isn’t ideal.

What you need to do is hire the best available head coach, an alpha dog leader, who commands the room, and has a great football mind, regardless of what position, or side-of-the-ball is his specialty.

The coach probably shouldn’t be hired with so much focus on one position. The coach should be hired with all 53 men in mind.

And then after you hire that person, he can hire the best OC and QB coach available, to work with the QB.

The bottom line is you need to hire the best coach available for your entire team, and not obsess over his impact on one position.


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