hey Wayne...is this Wayne Shaw alumni? Great to see you post!!
That count of 15 sounds about right...IMO if you have the money spend it. You can't spend it on players so give them tools that help them out. Definitely a changing game for sure...still not seeing the NCAA coaching brigade lol...but it is up there for sure. It wasn't that long ago that QB coaches became regular and that has helped a lot of QBs evolve...I see no reason that positional assistants focusing on small groups shouldn't do the same but it is definitely a huge change.
Also...something that I think comes into play is how personnel are spread out. The Als for example are calling their quality control guys operations while the Riders have basically said 'no...you are a coach' and align them under coaching staff...so those bases are a little skewed I think...I have not looked closely at them all though. Calgary does it to...10 staff...but then the conditioning coordinator and quality guys bring them right up to where the Riders are...I mean unless I am missing something.
They really have no more direct coaching staff than most.
- HC - yes, all teams have
- DC - no but yes, all teams have
- OC - Yes, all teams have
- STC - yes, all teams have
- Passing / QB coach - most teams have this now...not all. Riders didnt a couple years ago and IMO it showed. I think separating it from the OC is a good thing on many levels
- Receivers Coach - I think all teams have this now
- Running Backs Coach - not something all teams have I don't think, but could be...definitely grown in popularity
- Offensive Line Coach - not sure how many teams package OL/DL together any more or more predominantly RB/OL...
- Defensive Line Coach - same as above...I am not sure if anyone packages the LBs there any more
- Defensive Backs Coach - I believe all teams have this
- Linebackers Coach - I think most have split this off of the DL/DBs for years now
So that is 11 main spots, and I would say 9 to 11 of those are deployed by every team...Riders fill 10 because Jones wears 2 of those tags
From there they have a couple assistants...which i think most teams have 1 or 2 generally
And then the other ones mentioned which is simply where you shuffle the bodies in the hierarchy.
Perhaps I am missing some coaches and there are more than I am aware of...but that is from the team's listing.
I would love to see all teams do a rotational tackling specialist by requirement where they are required to bring in a specialist say 5 weeks of the season. Get players back on fundamentals...good safe technique. Something that slides in practice too often. It is good for the game action, but more importantly it is good for safety and reinforcing natural reactions that do not put people in harm.