A thought has occurred to me. . .they do, from time to time. . .
Edmonton has hired Chris Jones as head coach, a former defensive coordinator.
Ottawa is apparently hiring Rick Campbell, a former defensive coordinator.
We''ve promoted Neil Thorpe to assistant head coach, likely grooming him for the top job sooner or later.
So that's got me to thinking.
Why are defensive coordinators being selected as head coaches over offensive guys? Let's look at the recent record.
Here are defensive coordinators who have been given head coaching jobs:
Tim Burke. . . failed
Kavis Reed. .. failed
Garry Etcheverry. .. failed
Rich Stubler. . .failed
Greg Marshall. . . failed
Richie Hall. . . failed
Now, those fellows were all good to really good to excellent defensive coordinators, but flopped as head coaches. Only one exception comes readily to mind, Corey Chamblin (who, to my mind, has been a better head coach than he was a D/C).
Now look at some more offensive-minded guys who've been given head coaching jobs:
They all succeeded in the head coaching role. George Cortez and Marcel Bellefeuille, not so much.
So does that not indicate that your chances of success with a head coach are somewhat better if you pick an offensive guy instead of a defensive guy?
Just throwing it out for discussion.