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These are the qualities I'm looking for in a Head Coach:

The ability to teach:

When we were in school we all had teachers that were able to connect to the students better than others. Some were able to accomplish this by making the class interesting while others used a stern approach that demanded respect. Either way, they all had one thing in common, they were all knowledgeable and passionate about what they were teaching. Finding a coach that can teach in their own manner is imperative to the growing process of our players and franchise.

(Coaches with varying styles can be successful. Ex: Dungy is laid back. Parcells ruled with an iron fist. Vermeil cried when a player got constipated. All were superb coaches with a lot of knowledge and passion for the game of football regardless of their differing coaching styles)

The ability to build a staff:

A Head Coach simply cannot be successful by himself. He must have reliable men who believe in the same systems to connect and build in conjunction with each other. He must hire a staff with equal teaching qualities and base these teachings on solid systems. The right staff can make or break a coach. Hiring friends or family can make a short coaching career.

(Coaches that are married to their coordinators rarely succeed. Ex: Mora, Knapp, Donatell)

He must connect well with the front office:

Having a working relationship with the suits is vital. A head coach in most situations has to realize that you can't always get what you want but being able to approach both the owner and GM is the best way to get what you need. Communication is key for both sides to have a shared plan for success.

(This is where the Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith and Schottenheimer failed in San Diego. We may never know who was at fault but for whatever reason they were unable to develop a workable relationship. You don't always have to like the guy but there must be mutual respect)

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