Originally posted by danimal:
Originally posted by 49ersRednGold:
It answers a question actually. That Mike Nolan is a DC and not a HC.
I kind of think that whole thing is a myth. I would have to say the top decision makers in the NFL kind of think that is a myth also.....evidenced by so many chances these coaches get at HC.
I think fans take a leap on this designation.....afterall both HC and Coord is a High Functioning NFL coaching position. I find it hard to come to terms with that a person can be Great at one and Horrible at the other.
Can you name a few that have gotten more than 2 chances to be a HC when they've flamed out 2 or more times?
I can see giving them another chance. There have been success stories like Belicheck who didn't do well in his first Head Coaching gig at Cleveland but excelled in New England. Because it is possible that during the first time around, they were inexperienced and such but if a HC flames out more than once, I don't see them getting another chance.
I think there is a big difference between being the HC and being a Coordinator. I remember reading an article about how as a HC you had so many more responsibilities. Many of which you wouldn't think of like creating daily schedules. Nolan was not only our HC but also was the head guy in making personnel decisions over Scott. Some people just can't handle that much responsibility and others excel at it. As a HC, you have to be on top of Special team, offense, defense, personnel (players and coaches), etc. As a Coordinator, you may have some say who your O or D line coach is or your CB or WR coach is but their decision making is so much less that what a HC has to make.
Nolan as a DC now can just focus on defense instead of spreading himself thin in so many areas.
The trend in the NFL is hiring hot shot coordinators that have never been coaches. Just look at last year where guys like Spagnoli, McDaniels, or Schwartz are being pursued heavily or even relatively unknown coordinators like Mike Smith and Tony Sparano who show a lot during interviews. I honestly don't see guys like Romeo Crennel, Mike Nolan, Rod Marinelli, Linehan, all recently fired first time head coaches getting another chance unless they are once again top coordinators in this league and they are "hot" items as a result. A lot of NFL teams are looking for the new up and comers.