Antique Shop Closed: Retread NFL Coaches Ignored


Anyone who has been terminated, lost a job or not had a contract renewed can identify with this article. When discussing the plethora of NFL coaching vacancies, it seems we only mention young up-and-coming coordinators or assistant coaches with a certain pedigree.

But what about experience? Is the value of experience and maturity waning? Let’s take a look at my list of the top ten retreads, and their positives and drawbacks.

1. Bill Cowher

Positive: Won a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh. Was almost always competitive during a long tenure with the Steelers.

Negative: Seeks total franchise control. Interested in living on the East Coast near family. Making a good living working only weekends for CBS.

2. Mike Shanahan

Positive: Won a Super Bowl in Denver where he was labeled a genius.

Negative: Extremely arrogant control freak who’s value has slipped in recent years (see 2008 slide). May need some time to revive juices.

3. Marty Schottenheimer

Positive: Great regular season record at four different stops (Cleveland, Kansas City, Washington and San Diego).

Negative: Terrible post-season record (see John Elway). Appears to be enjoying golf down in North Carolina.

4. Brian Billick

Positive: Won a Super Bowl at Baltimore.

Negative: Record faded in recent years. Criticized for the failure to develop a QB in Baltimore, despite being labeled an offensive guru.

5. Mike Holmgren

Positive: Won Super Bowl at Green Bay and took the Seahawks to the Bowl as well.

Negative: Self-admitted burnout taking a year off to be with family.

6. Dennis Green

Positive: Successful in Minnesota before struggling in Arizona. Early disciple of Bill Walsh.

Negative: Off-the-field scandal with sexual harassment. Infamous “they were who we thought they were” meltdown.

7. Jim Fassel

Positive: Took the Giants to the Super Bowl.

Negative: Has been passed over for several years and appears to have fallen out of favor with the GM’s.

8. Mike Martz

Positive: Took Rams to the Super Bowl and was one of the architects of the Greatest Show on Turf.

Negative: Inflexible, arrogant and self absorbed.

9. Mike Nolan

Positive: Bright, young defensive mind from well-respected coaching tree (Dick Nolan).

Negative: Failed miserably in San Francisco, losing control of the team.

10. Pete Carroll

Positive: Has established a juggernaut at USC.

Negative: Failed in New England. Might not be willing to leave USC.

Successful Retreads:

  1. Bill Belichick
  2. Mike Shanahan
  3. Tom Coughlin
  4. Tony Dungy
  5. Chucky
  6. Mike Holmgren
  7. Marty Schottenheimer

Scrapheap:

  1. Art Shell
  2. The Genius of Defeat (Harm)
  3. Scott Linehan
  4. Steve Mariucci
  5. Sam Wyche
  6. Ray Rhodes
  7. George Seifert

Why has the NFL given up on these mature, experienced coaches in favor of the potential rising stars? It seems to me that they are driven by potential — betting on the come rather than attempting to harness the experience of prior coaching stints.

What about your Chiefs? Experience or potential? Let us know here at the Addict…

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