Which NFL Analysts Would Make Best Head Coaches If Called Upon?

Old AccountSenior Writer IJuly 18, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 05:  Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner stands on the field before the NFL game between the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Head coaches Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden have been the two NFL analysts that have been rumored to returning to the sidelines and leaving the broadcast booth. In fact, there are many former coaches that now work for the bigger sports networks in the country.

Which NFL analysts would make the best head coaches if called upon? Although the majority have coaching experience, there is also one former player who could become a great coach in the NFL if given the opportunity.


5. Kurt Warner: Kurt Warner would be the best candidate to become a rookie head coach after being a successful quarterback in the NFL. Once being an undrafted free agent, Warner displayed the work ethic and motivation to lead to successful stints with the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals late in his career.

Coaches need to be much more than knowledgeable football minds. They need to develop their younger players that are trying to make an impact in the NFL. Warner would be the guy that can help his players make a major contribution by pushing them in the off season and during the season to maximize their potential.

From a strategic standpoint, Warner could create a playbook centered around an offense similar to Mike Martz or Todd Haley. In a league where quarterback development is crucial for success, a potential franchise quarterback would be a perfect fit on a team run by Warner.


4. Tony Dungy: Tony Dungy insists that his coaching days are over and is content with his job at NBC. However, Dungy could still be a viable head coach due to the respect that he commands in the locker room. Team chemistry is extremely important and Dungy would have no issues bringing his veteran presence to a locker room that is in need of a culture change.

He built the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization into contenders and also orchestrated a successful campaign in Indianapolis with Peyton Manning as his quarterback.


3. Brian Billick: Brian Billick has not received an opportunity to become a head coach after being fired by the Baltimore Ravens a few years ago. He was never able to create a dynamic offense in Baltimore despite being considered one of the better offensive minds in the game.

In his defense, he was never given an opportunity to coach a young quarterback that found success. Kyle Boller was arguably the biggest draft bust in team history, and Steve McNair was past his prime when he came to the Ravens.

With the league now in favor of pass-heavy offenses, Billick could potentially be considered for a potential opening in the near future.


2. Jon Gruden: Jon Gruden takes a much different approach than the names mentioned before him. His tenacity as a head coach has brought the most out of players over his tenured career. He helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders become championship contenders for a long period of time.

Gruden holds his players accountable for their performance on the field and is not afraid to make a change that will benefit the team instead of being intimidated by veteran players. In a winning atmosphere, Gruden could once again find success as a head coach in the near future.


1. Bill Cowher: Will Bill Cowher ever coach again after decades of success with the Pittsburgh Steelers? Cowher has a lot of similar qualities of Jon Gruden—a hard nosed coach that demands respect from his players. However, his overall resume' as a head coach is far more impressive than any man on this list.

He earned one Super Bowl ring as a head coach and kept the same winning formula that the Steelers implemented dating back to the days of Chuck Noll.

His teams were consistent contenders through his 15-year tenure as head coach. Cowher will always be mentioned for head coaching vacancies because of his success with the Steelers.


Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. Follow him on Twitter.