After all, what’s not to like about a former NFL player when you’re looking for a team leader?
Former players know what it takes to coach a team because they have lived the other half of the experience. They know which techniques were effective for them and their peers, and which coaching strategies were immediate turn-offs and left them cold.
On the other hand, not all current NFL players have what it takes to make it as a coach. In addition to awareness of their own former position, players-turned-coaches must also be deeply knowledgeable about every role on (and off) the field.
He must be a good decision-maker who is capable of surrounding himself with others whose strengths complement his weaknesses, and, frankly, a potential coach must be a scholar of the game.
There are plenty of players in the NFL today who will likely try to become coaches when their career on the field is finished. Not all of them will find success, but there are certainly players who have a better chance than others.
Over the next six slides, we will explore some of the most promising candidates for an eventual coaching career in the NFL.