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How Important is the Head coach of a Football Team

December 28th, 2010 by Michael Tabor

How important is the Head Coach of a Football Team

Jed York, the owner of the San Francisco 49ers organization fired Mike Singletary today for the simple reason that the team played lousy football all year long (Yanking his QB’s and screaming at Troy Smith on the sidelines certainly didn’t help his case but I think he would have been terminated regardless.) There were somewhat high expectations for the 49ers and it was supposed to be a cakewalk for them especially when you consider the fact that they’re in such a second-rate division. The St. Louis Rams are in 1st place with a record of (7 – 8) and it’s possible that the Rams may win their division with 2 fewer victories than losses. Just think about that for a moment? A team that loses more games than they win is rewarded with a playoff spot. I don’t even believe that a franchise that plays .500 football should make the playoffs. (The problem is that there are too many divisions and too many playoff games; but that will never change because it’s all about MONEY – but that’s another blog.)

I want to talk about how much impact the head coach of a football team (or any sport, really) has on an organization as well as galvanize discussion on whether or not the skipper really makes a significant difference with how a team performs and/or to “get down to brass tacks” whether or not the head coach is a crucial determining factor between winning and losing.

I personally think that the head coach position is a prodigiously overrated undertaking. For example I believe Tom Coughlin is perhaps the best head coach you will ever get. He’s hard working, pays meticulous attention to detail (analyzes every single aspect of the game) and he’s a very strict disciplinarian. But, the bottom line is Coughlin is not rushing 100+ yards a game, catching touchdown scoring passes or marching his team down the field in the last two minutes of a game and kicking the game –winning field goal. But, if the kick is good, Coughlin is a genius and if he misses, Coughlin is a bum. I live in New York and one can only look back to 2006 when the New York Giants were having a miserable year and were in the midst of a terrible losing streak. It seemed nothing could go right for the Giants. Tiki Barber and Jeremy Shockey were pointing the finger at Coughlin – and everyone I mean EVERYONE was begging the Giants’ organization to fire him. Fans were chanting it at games, the New York newspapers spilled more ink than one thought possible imploring for his termination and the sports pundits (Mike and the Mad dog) couldn’t get enough of his hide. Everybody wanted Coughlin gone. Well, lo and behold, as we all know the following year (2007 – 2008) the Giants had one of the best years in the history of their franchise and ultimately ended up beating the unbeatable and undefeated New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl!

The bottom line is of course you need a head coach and certainly a team must have coordinators (a great coordinator may play a bigger role than the head coach) but it’s the players who win or lose the games NOT the coach. You don’t need a great coach, you need a competent coach. A head coach is simply a man who does his job – nothing more, nothing less. I’ll leave you with this. How did the “great”, ‘Can lead any team to victory” How did Bill Parcells do with the Dallas Cowboys 2003 -2005. He was (5-11) each of the three years he served as head coach; a combined record of (15-33).

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30 Responses to “How Important is the Head coach of a Football Team”

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    your argument against head coaches is in retrospect an affirmation of why teams employ them.you neglect to mention motivation,disipline,coordination, and a host of compelling reasons why head coaches are employed. i find your argument simplistic and singular. more depth and anaylsis would have provided a more compelling argument. please study jerry jones of the dallas team, and understand why a good head coach is necessary.

  4. le duke de fromage Says:

    mr. tabor, your argument against head coaches is in retrospect an affirmation of why teams employ them.you neglect to mention a few important details such as, disipline, motivation,coordination,talent evaluation and a host of other reasons why head coaches are employed. i find your argument simplistic and singular, and not entirely thought out. more depth and analysis would have provided a compelling argument. please observe jerry jones of the dallas team and understand why a good head coach is necessary

  5. Michael Tabor Says:

    Your argument is well–written and not without merit. However we’re not talking about high school or even college kids. I think the athletes (most) are mature enough to get into shape, etc. without some other adult having to address the issue. Talent evaluation is important & certainly you’ve made a point. although think about the last sentence; Jerry Jones hired Bill Parcells (the best of the best) for an exorbitant amount of money. & we all know Bill did nothing for the Cowboys. Thanks for your input.

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    mr. tabor,at that point in his career, parcells had become a product of his own sucess.flush with ego,arrogance, money, and a fullsense of his own self importance, parcells was and is a shell of what was once a very good football coach.however he was matched in all phases by a man who believes he is a football genius, second only to al davis in ego, and foolishness. bill took the money and ran.watch belichek to see a coach in action.

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