What is it Like to be an NFL Coach?

Dec 1, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (left) listens to field judge Tom Hill (97) against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

What is it like to be an NFL Coach? Every major team in the NFL has players, coaches, owners, and scouts as well as others to complete the team. Every one of them has a job to do, and the whole of all of them doing their job properly makes a victorious team. Let’s take a focused look at coaches and what they should be doing and if they are doing it properly as we head towards playoff time.

Making a Winning Formula

Of course, the bottom line in the NFL, as well as any sport, is to win games. However, what works for one NFL coach and a team may not work for the coach and team across the country. Each coach has to take the players he has and use their strengths and make them do their best. This includes keeping their heads in the game and keeping them focused.

We can always talk about using the right combination of play calling and utilizing players to their potential. But one of the coaches getting a lot of criticism is Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. He has had nine years to get a strong rhythm going on a team that has talented players. The lack of drive and consistent wins his team is getting may for owner Jerry Jones to shop for a new head coach.

Pittsburgh Against the Browns; Coaching Leadership

A much anticipated game this week was the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Cleveland Browns. After the debacle of a game two weeks ago, there was a lot of talk on both sides of the aisle about how each team was dealing with the fallout. Also how each team would handle themselves on the field with emotions obviously running high.

The day before the game, when out with his family for a birthday outing. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens was seen wearing a t-shirt that said, ‘Pittsburgh started it’. While many can take that as simply a joke, being a head coach, in an age of social media. However it wasn’t a wise choice to make, nor was it the show of a good leader. You are setting the example for your team and his example was: it was alright what we did, and no big deal if it happens again.

While in comparison, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin remained steadfast. From the post-game interview where he refused to address the issue in public. To staying strong and leading by example. Keeping a team with obvious problems from missing players in winning form. Saying all they needed to on the field and pushing forward to keep their playoff hopes alive and well.

Bottom Line

Every team has a mixture of talent and personalities. It is not an easy task to keep this mixture of egos, tempers, and talent all focused on one goal. However, it is a job that must be done. If you have a strong, confident person in the driver’s seat. The rest of the team will follow suit. In the same respect. Coaches that have problem players must have the freedom and the nerve to say enough is enough and sit them out of games to make an example of punishment for bad behavior. Even if that punishment may endanger getting a win that week. Win as a team and lose as a team needs to remain the bottom line.

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