New Class of Head Coaches Lacks Star Power
The four head coaches hired by NFL teams this offseason were Tony Sparano, John Harbaugh, Mike Smith and Jim Zorn.
That perhaps qualifies this year's class of new head coaches as the least celebrated in recent memory.
When the just-completed season began, all were NFL assistant coaches but none of the four was regarded as a rising star in the coaching ranks. Only one of the four--Smith, then the defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars--was even an offensive or defensive coordinator. Sparano was the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line coach. Harbaugh was the Philadelphia Eagles' secondary coach after a long stint as their special teams coordinator. Zorn was the quarterbacks coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
Now they're all NFL head coaches--Sparano in Miami, Harbaugh in Baltimore, Smith in Atlanta and Zorn in D.C.
Does all of that make their hirings misguided? No, not necessarily. But it certainly means that the league moved away from chasing star power in the head coaching searches conducted this offseason by the four teams with vacancies.
By Mark Maske |
February 11, 2008; 10:31 AM ET
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