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Peter King
September 02, 2002
Making the case for and against a coach having final say on all football-related matters
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September 02, 2002

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Making the case for and against a coach having final say on all football-related matters

"After my first time as a coach, in Oakland, I decided that unless I could control my own destiny, I'd rather be an assistant or a coordinator. I know people think that it's a huge job to have the control. They think when the coach has the final say on everything, it's, 'I'm calling all the shots.' It's just the opposite in Denver. I value the input of every coach, scout and front-office guy, or they wouldn't be here. That's the key—having people around who you really trust. When the season starts, I'm not involved with the cap or contracts. We've got qualified people to handle the cap and contracts as well as pro and college personnel. When we prepare for the draft, every coach and scout is looking at tape. It must work. Three years after we got here, we won a Super Bowl, and then we won another one."

"A coach overburdens himself when he says, 'I've got to have all the power.' When I look at my coach, I always want to know what he's done to make us a better football team on the field today. I don't know how he can do that if he has to oversee the salary cap, all personnel matters, the draft and everything that has anything to do with football off the field. A coach needs to keep his finger on the pulse of offense, defense, special teams and discipline. That should be his forte. Over the course of an average day during the season, I get a total of probably 500 e-mails, faxes, memos, communications from the league, phone messages. They all have something to do with the team. If a coach had my job, how's he going to keep all of that straight and still coach the team?"