In search of a second chance, the former NFL head coach shares valuable lessons learned

First and foremost, the head coach should be able to lead – not just the locker room, but the entire building. Most HCs are set to set the tone. Questions that seem secondary to Sunday’s results could have a big impact. Things like, what to serve in the cafeteria; How much time to study and at what time of day; Dress suit for travel; Who plays and who doesn’t; Will someone challenge the call or go fourth for it; A player should be disciplined, and if so, how serious? Some questions may not be weighty on their own, but can be overwhelming when paired with others.

Gus Bradley, the Chargers’ defensive coordinator who has been the head coach of the Jaguars since 2013-16, said: “In terms of experience, you learn a great deal, so I think it helps to have that experience. doing.” “It’s the first time you’ve gone through things that I don’t know how to prepare for it, from game management to capping situations, to building a team within the cap, to situations within the team. I am in charge of drawing 30 persons on defense and now it is 60 persons. That is leadership. But, obviously, there are other things that go with it on a daily basis. “

“It’s a big job,” Joseph said. “You don’t know how big it is until you work. You’ve been in the league for a very long time and you think you’ve seen other coaches do the job, but the behind-the-scenes things are so much for building culture and winning games. Important – you have no clue unless someone will actually take you through the process. “

Those words may be self-serving, but they make it less and less. Reality doesn’t matter if the coach and front office fees are not on the same page. In fact, it was a common thread through discussions with the former coach, that the vision for how to move forward would have to be shared at every level – and real -.

Joseph did not find it in Denver. He had an established general manager with a special vision of how to build a team, so he chose not to speak too soon considering the flaws in the blueprint. He trusted himself at the time more than he trusted Elve, he was aware that the Broncos were just a season away from winning the championship.

“The biggest regret I have from Denver is that I haven’t used my voice enough to help pick better players to make my team better,” Joseph said. Joseph said. “That part is an educated behavior that comes with time and confidence with GM. But when you have a person stay in place for a long time, you trust that kind of process. It was never my process, so I think that I’m definitely sorry to talk more about employees (in the future) because it’s an employee based league and to build a football team in your vision and image, you have the right players, that’s not what I did in Denver. Now I was naive thinking that the job is not broken. I was haunted by the thought that really someone else can take your players from top to bottom and you don’t have your voice in it. You are not a speaking GM but a football expert, so you should have a voice in the staff that will run your systems.

“You have to walk and know what’s important, and the No. 1 thing in this league is the player selection season. How do you acquire your players? Obviously there’s drafting and free agency, but in that you have to sound like a football. As a coach, because that skill is making your team successful, and if you say choose the groceries as Bill Parcel said, you have to work hard to make dinner. Sorry for that part. But part of football, unless When it comes to team and offense and defense and coaching special teams, I have no regrets about that part. Men’s leader, I have no regrets about leading men. But I regret not having a big voice in selecting players. Not to force it; just To be more certain about participating in it. For that part, I’m sorry. “

Joseph, Morris, Bradley and Allen all hope for a second chance, but they also agree that it is necessary to have the right fit because a third chance will not be possible. Jim Caldwell is also open for a second chance in Indianapolis, where the Colts went to the Super Bowl, and in Detroit, where the Lions went into the playoffs twice in four seasons after advancing only once in the previous 14 years.

“I don’t have time to sit down and talk to Jim Caldwell,” Bradley said, “but if you talk to people I talk to around the NFL, people think a lot about him and have respect for him. Sometimes you scratch your head and say, ‘Why doesn’t he get another chance?’ He is well respected, is a strong leader, has a presence in the room and develops people. Why doesn’t Jim Cuddwell get a second chance? I don’t know why, but maybe it will. You kind of drag for it. “

Morris has done a remarkable job since inheriting the 0-5 Falcons team this year. Atlanta rallied to win four of its first six under his direction, but it has dropped four points in a row, five points or less. According to colleague Ian Rapoport, the Falcons had a formal formal interview for a full-time job on Friday. Bradley, for one, believes Morris clearly shows he deserves a second chance. But he also points out that first-timers can be successful, as well, especially pointing to Rams’s Sean MVQ. He argues that the bottom line, the doors should be open to everyone.

“I don’t know if one way is better than the other, but you wouldn’t defame someone who went through it and was probably not as successful as the first time.” “There are valuable lessons they have learned, and I think part of it should be appreciated.”