DO THE TEXANS WANT A RETREAD?

 

As can be expected the Bayou City is buzzing with potential candidates to replace the cashiered Gary Kubiak as head coach of the Texans. Since we have made a detail study of every NFL head coach since 1960, we decided to take a look at how some of the ex- head coaches who are being discussed have actually done, under fire while wearing a whistle.

  Three popular names are Jon Gruden, Lovie Smith and Ken Whisehunt. Under our rating system every coach receives a Coaching Assessment Scoring Hierarchy or “CASH” score, which compares his record against his peers based upon regular season winning percentage, the percentage of times his team gets to the playoffs, and getting to and winning the Super Bowl. The chart below reflects those coaches’ records through the 2012 season. I have also included Mr. Kubiak, who will actually grade out worse after the 2013 debacle and Wade Phillips, who will be granted a courtesy interview, but as an incumbent staff member suffers from guilt by association.

 

Former NFL

Head Coach

All Time

Rank

 

Seasons

Winning

Pct.

PO

Pct.

Super

Bowls

CASH

Score

Phillips, Wade

24

10

57.3%

50.0%

0

1,919

Lovie Smith

36

9

54.9%

33.3%

1

1.687

Jon Gruden

37

11

54.0%

45.5%

1

!,680

Gary Kubiak

50

7

52.7%

28.6%

0

!,491

Ken Whisenhunt

66

6

46.7%

33.3%

1

!,187

 

Of the 275 coaches evaluated, based on our longevity criteria, only 91 qualify for All Time consideration. As such, Gruden and Smith rank in the upper third of all coaches, Kubiak is in about the middle, and Whisenhunt is in the lower third. Except for Whisenhunt (and Kubiak), the others all are competent coaches, although Lovie Smith only gets to the playoffs about a third of the time. Oh, did I mention that ol’ Wade grades out the superior coach based upon actual performance?

 All the above aside, we do not necessarily believe that hiring a retread (i.e. former NFL head coach) is a good thing. Our research indicates that two-thirds of the time the retread coach fares worse in his next assignment than he did in his first. There are many exceptions, to be sure (See Tony Dungy and Don Shula), but an out of work coach was usually fired for a reason. The next owner will probably get to do it again. Also, we have discovered that having been a head coach elsewhere is not an especially desirable requirement for a new head coach. Surprisingly, it does not really matter.

 Lets’ go get a seasoned NFL coordinator. You can read more in our book “The Perfect Pro Football Coach” by Robert DeLuca which will be available shortly as an eBook, wherever eBooks are sold including Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc. Also, check out perfectprocoach.com.

By the way, Bill Cowher is ranked right at our top 20 coach of All Time. I think would toss him a clipboard anytime he would catch it.

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