Coaching is critical to success in the NFL. Football is so detailed and complex that one false move or mental error could be the difference between a win or a loss. And often is. Maybe a better coach in those situations would have prevented miscues.
That's why league insiders are keeping a very watchful eye on the assistant coaches who are changing their colors this offseason. Here are three items related to assistant coach movement that you should keep in mind when thinking about both your team and its opponents for the 2010 season:
The next cause for change is the worst kind -- the scapegoat factor. That happens when a head coach gets rid of one of his assistants, usually a coordinator, in a desperate attempt to buy himself an extra year while appeasing the media and the fanbase. Happens all the time.
Though some people may disagree, it seems to me that
The last two reasons for assistant coach movement are philosophical differences and the simple desire for an upgrade or improvement.
Among their chief concerns is the relative job security of the head coach. That's likely one reason April spurned other offers to join Reid and is almost certainly why new Seahawks offensive coordinator
Assistants also look at the personnel they will have at their disposal and the unit's room for improvement, both pivotal in possible future promotions. There is no doubt that April was enticed by working with the likes of Pro Bowl returner
That's why players keep a keen eye on the assistant coach movement. They realize more than anyone else how greatly that affects them. You can bet unsung players who grew into starting roles under Nolan in Denver, like defensive end
That's the other side of coaching movement. Though it may impact a player's career negatively when his coach moves on or is let go, that coach can eventually become a lifeline of sort for the player once that coach lands on his feet elsewhere. If that player gets cut or is available as a free agent, his previous coach may tell the new organization that he is the exact type of player that can help them win. In other words, don't be surprised if you see Fields wearing a Dolphins jersey at some point.