Chargers picked up Fred Graves, last the receivers coach in Carolina.
Good for him - I don't know that he deserved to go, necessarily, but
hopefully there's some success from a new approach. It's interesting
that Graves did such a poor job in theory, and yet his assistant WRs
coach (Ricky Proehl) is good enough to succeed him, and Offensive
Assistant Scott Turner is a WRs coach now, too. Graves couldn't have
been all bad.
Not sure what to think of expansion of the Rooney rule to OCs.
For one, it might find itself continuing to be outdated - what if the
trend heads back to DCs as head coaches, and teams just start hiring
smaller college offensive HCs as OC to be able to run more college style
I'm not against the system - though I feel like it does punish the Ron
Riveras and Marc Rosses who are going to interview for jobs they have no
shot in getting. Does it provide experience? Yes. Does it provide the
best candidate? Not sure. I think, in the end, a team is going to want
the best candidate. Does Rooney provide the ability to make minority
candidates better options? That would seem to be the want - better
minority hires for merit, because nothing good would come from token
Two, there are just more minority candidates from the defensive side of
the ball. No one can change that. I can't think of an offensive hire
for head coach from a minority circle - I would go as far as Sylvester
Croom (Mississippi State) before I can think of one. He and Maurice
Carthon (failed OC in Cleveland), and then Jim Skipper over a decade
ago, are the guys I can think of in playcalling. That's about it.
But how do you cultivate it? More WRs coaches and RBs coaches need to
put together succession plans to head to QBs coach or OC. Plenty of
non-QBs coaches have become OCs, but they still had to find their way
into the gameplanning. The assistant head coach part doesn't hurt, but
you can't sanction leadership into someone.
Finally, I just think they're going about it wrong. There aren't that
many guys that I can think of, that were "cheated" out of head coaching
jobs. Perry Fewell isn't that good. I can't think of anyone else in
the pipeline that is really destined to be a good head coach. Does
Raheem Morris really strike you as someone who deserves another shot?
There's Lovie Smith, who should be coaching, but he shouldn't take on a
subpar job in Jacksonville just so the NFL can feel good about itself.
Since coaching has a level of cronyism to it, you never know. Look at
Tony Dungy - he brought up a couple minority coaches (Herm Edwards,
Smith) but really didn't push anything on the offensive side any better
than anyone else. I think David Shaw from Stanford is a fantastic
candidate, but that's from college. I think Pep Hamilton makes a lot of
sense, too. But he just finished up at Stanford, and if he does have
success in Indy (and he should), he'll have done it with a QB he knows
(which creates a little doubt).
I think that there are a few good pro QBs who would've made coaches -
like Rodney Peete - and there's just no motivation to do it. You have
good money, why work 16 hours a week to spend 15 years working up a
ladder and spending time away from your kids? Maybe Charlie Batch will
go into coaching. I don't know, but I don't really recognize many
minority coaches with an NFL playing background on offense.