So many posts about the team, from coaching to quarterbacks. So I thought I would write this post and stir up some more opinions, or not. One thing we need to remember, before a Head Coach is hired, the team has to abide by the rules and interview so many candidates. Also, another key thing to think about is the scheme that has been put in place here, and finding a coach that is familiar with it, OK with it, and can coach it. So join me after the jump and I'll try to offer an idea or two.
First is what E.L.K. is all about. No it's not that delicious animal that has such tasty venison. Simply put, it is E for experience, L for leadership and K for knowledge. I consider all three things vital in a Head Coach. Now our last coach had very little in the experience category. He had many experiences with pro football but not a great deal with coaching. I suggest that having an experienced head coach is vital. This is pretty simple I think and almost self explanatory. We need a coach that has game management skills. You know, been there done that in games. Also, team management skills where he coordinates the three basics- Offense, Defense and Special Teams. Throw in the trainers/slash medico's, the Strength and Conditioning personnel, Nutritionists and so forth. Head Coach's are busy, busy people and must not only make several decisions throughout the day, day after day, but coordinate everyone else so that things are getting done how he wants it to be done. Maybe I should of wrote E is for vitality. HA.
Leadership is a necessary thing that transcends descriptions and definitions. You either have it or you don't. If it is given to you, keeping it is something of a precarious instrument that is subject to constant and demanding scrutiny. Not always easily earned but hell to lose. I think we saw a couple of examples this season. Driven to succeed and excel is part of this leadership equation too I believe. A tough competitor who hates to lose, but when he does has the maturity to handle it with some grace, poise and style that others can emulate.
Knowledge is something that is very necessary. I recall an old Chinese proverb by a famous wise man that has a name similar to confusing. It simply went something like this; "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, but when I do - I KNOW." This knowledge of the game can accrue in several ways - playing the game, coaching the game and studying the game in various ways, books, film and discussion with your peers to name a few.
You can't always get what you want. I want a coach that has experience in this league. I want a coach that is a natural leader of men. I want a coach who has knowledge of big league football and can share it with everybody involved with the team. All of this means I want a really good coach who can handle an entire team and all of it's parts, molding them into a force to be reckoned with. Suffice it to say, I am not going to give out glowing recommendations or defend any coach as my opinion ain't worth doodly squat to the folks on #1 Arrowhead Drive. But I will say there are a couple of coaches who fit the bill, so to speak and I really hope Scotty gets this next hire right and propels us to the big dance. Go Chief's!!!