Jason Kidd is retiring as an NBA player. He had a great career and will certainly go to the basketball Hall of Fame. But Kidd isn’t retiring to relax. He is going to be the coach of the
New Jersey Brooklyn Nets.
It is a lot easier for basketball players to become a head coach. The game is just much simpler than football. Look at how many NBA coaches are former players compared to how few NFL coaches ever played in the league.
NBA: Mike Woodson, Jason Kidd, Doc Rivers, Byron Scott, Larry Drew, Randy Wittman, Jacque Vaughn, Scott Brooks, Tyrone Corbin, Rick Adelman, Mark Jackson, Keith Smart, Kevin McHale, Maurice Cheeks, Rick Carlisle, Monty Williams
NFL: Leslie Frazier, Ron Rivera, Jim Harbaugh, Jeff Fisher, Mike Munchak, Gary Kubiak, Doug Marrone, Jason Garrett, Sean Payton
There are a few NBA jobs that are open right now so the list could actually grow even more in their favor.
Question for today is…which Eagles could be coaching material?
I’ll just offer up one name…Matt Barkley. The fact he stayed at USC shows me that he really loves football. Matt Leinart stayed for his Senior year, but played on a team full of stars. Barkley had to break in a new LT. He had no stud RB returning. The defense had some holes. Barkley was playing for Lane Kiffin, not the guy who recruited him (Pete Carroll). Barkley made a strange choice by staying. That showed dedication and sense of purpose. It also showed that he’s willing to go against the grain.
Barkley has a tremendous work ethic. He was putting in 14-hour days during the spring so that he could learn the offense and be as ready as possible for the OTAs. Barkley was out there with the #3 offense and already getting guys in position and running the show. He is a natural leader.
Just as important these days, Barkley communicates well. He’s comfortable with the media. He had a great interview at the Combine. His teammates loved him.
Barkley was an X’s and O’s guru at USC. I’m assuming he’ll be one in the NFL as well.
Being an NFL coach is hard. You can’t get by with just brains, just personality, just leadership or just experience/expertise. You must have the right combination of those traits. Being a football coach is also hard work. I think some former players are naive about coaching. It consumes your life. Bear Bryant once told David Cutcliffe, “Don’t coach because you want to. Don’t coach because you love it. Coach because you can’t live without it.”
I’m going with Barkley.
What about you guys?