American Football Coaching Jobs

By Michael Rosenthal

Other than being an official, an NFL Coaching job will put you as close to the action as you are ever going to get. The nice thing about a career in coaching is that there are several coaching positions with every NFL team. The Head Coach is the person ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the team, but all the assistant coaches (and they are numerous) are equally critical to the success or failure of that team as well.

Look at it this way, if the players of an NFL team were an automobile, the engine and the drive train would be the head coach while the pistons and the gears would be his assistants. If they all are functioning properly, the car is successful at moving. But if only one of those components fails to operate properly or ceases to function altogether, it hurts the overall performance of that vehicle.

Interestingly enough, retired football players that have had anywhere from a lackluster to a stellar career in pro football have oftentimes gone on to be successful in an NFL coaching job. But there are more instances where they have not been that good of a coach as compared to the amount of those that have been considered good to great coaches.

The path to becoming a head coach in the NFL is oftentimes a long and windy road. Lots of head coaches started at the high school level, worked their way to the college ranks, and then finally graduated to the pro level. Some retired pros have a coaching job literally handed to them on a silver platter and don’t have to come up through the ranks. Still others get an opportunity at the assistant coaching level and then based on their performance graduate to a head coaching position usually with another team.

But focusing on the pros below the head coaching position there are two and three coaches for each aspect of the game, namely offense, defense, and special teams to start. To start with, you have the head coordinators in each of those three areas and usually they each have an assistant. In addition to these individuals, the Quarterbacks have a coach and so do his receivers. So you see, every team has a number of opportunities when it comes to NFL coaching jobs.

I wanted to bring up a few interesting points regarding the head coaching position. Professional head coaches have been known to earn in the millions of dollars per year explaining why so many of them retire when they are in there 50’s. Because the NFL players are given the opportunity to engage themselves with the media, pro football head coaches tend to be in the spotlight less than their college head coaches. This gives the pro head coach more time to devote to the strategies of the game itself.

The only real negative of being a pro head coach is that you are on the road a lot (half the games in the regular season are away games) and this has the tendency to make the job more stressful at the pro level than at the college level. Well, there is that negative that results from not having a winning record but I was trying to avoid throwing that into the article. But if you’re looking for a career in pro football that comes with a lot of action, an NFL coaching job is the way to go.

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