Just curious what others here think about how to go about evaluating head coaching candidates for the NFL. It’s such a different job that some of the logical precursors to it often don’t give you a good idea as to how the candidate will perform.
I’ve come around to @wesleysh21’s stance of preferring retreads. Specifically, I like guys with success who were let go just to “change things up”. Guys like Andy Reid and Marvin Lewis come to mind as examples.
My list of “don’t likes” is:
I don’t like college HCs who simply out-recruited their competition. Brian Kelly is a perfect example here. His success at GVSU, CMU, Cin, etc. was because he could just get players a step up from the competition. You can see at ND that he’s struggling a lot more because it’s hard to just out-recruit at the highest level of CFB. I put Saban in this category, which is my explanation as to why he struggled in the NFL.
I don’t like “innovative system” coordinators as HC candidates. The Mike Martz type. These guys tend to be so laser focused on their system that they can’t actually be the broader leader that is necessary for NFL head coaches. I think they also have a hard time adapting to the talent that they have.
It’s early, but at this point I’d classify the “QB whisperer” into the group of don’t likes, too; the Dirk Koetters of the world.
What say you?