New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is the second-longest tenured coach within the league. He’s seen how the league’s tendencies can ebb and stream; the most recent pattern turns into outdated immediately, and no one is aware of the place “the subsequent huge factor” goes to come back from.
With that in thoughts, Payton in all probability is aware of what he’s speaking about when he instructed NFL Community’s Steve Wyche that he’s seen a variety of errors within the head teaching searches this offseason, and believes that guys are being “pigeonholed” within the quest for the subsequent Sean McVay. Payton equates the teaching search to the draft, the place the extra choices groups contemplate, the higher probability they’ve of hanging gold. This offseason, groups went into their search with the only aim of discovering a younger, offensive-minded coach who doubles as a QB whisperer (see: Zac Taylor). Payton predicted that out of the eight head coaches employed, possibly three of them would final various years.
The factor is, he’s proper. Similar to in each different side of soccer, the Rams needed to be each fortunate and good to seek out McVay, and so they did. The NFL has all the time been, and all the time shall be, a copycat league. Half the house owners within the league take a look at McVay and suppose, “Why can’t we do this?”. Nicely, you possibly can’t do this as a result of there isn’t a McVay hidden on each group, and making that the one standards that issues solely makes the search course of tougher.
Payton identified that present head coaches across the league come from each side of the ball, with roots in several positions. Payton himself was McVay’s precursor, a younger, offensive-minded coach with huge concepts who ended up wildly profitable. However Invoice Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Mike Zimmer, Pete Carroll, Dan Quinn, and Ron Rivera are just some examples of profitable coaches for high quality groups that got here from the defensive aspect of issues.
Being a head coach is a really troublesome job, and never everyone seems to be minimize out for it, which is why the pattern earlier than McVay was to typically rent coaches with earlier expertise on the head of a group, no matter their previous successes or failures. With groups shifting away from hiring veterans in the hunt for the subsequent new factor, there’s considerably much less room for error. A veteran head coach won’t carry innovation, however he is aware of methods to deal with a locker room and take care of strain from each in and out. Hiring these younger weapons can include an enormous payout, however a a lot increased washout fee.
This isn’t even to say the truth that if everyone seems to be on the lookout for the subsequent McVay, it’s solely that a lot tougher to seek out him, if he exists. Apparently, nobody is on the lookout for a younger Belichick or Tony Dungy, as Payton famous. Groups have narrowed their searches considerably over the previous couple of years, and the issues in that logic will finally carry an finish to this trend- however not earlier than Payton and the remainder of the veteran coaches can make the most of it.