REDBLACKS hire Nadia Doucoure as offensive quality control coach

OTTAWA — The Ottawa REDBLACKS have hired Nadia Doucoure as Offensive Quality Control Coach, the team announced on Thursday.

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Can some one tell us what an "offensive quality control coach is?" I have played and have watched football for close to 75 years and have never heard of such a position. Aren't all coaches in charge of quality control? What makes this one so different??

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My thoughts exactly.

Argos have a quality control coach (the Elks have a "Chief of Staff" ???) ... It is a common position in the NFL (both Super Bowl teams had both offensive and defensive quality control coaches).

From Wikipedia:
A quality control coach is a member of the coaching staff of a gridiron football team whose primary job is preparing the team for a game, beginning sometimes two or three weeks before the actual game.

Their primary duties include preparing for the game by analyzing game film for statistical analysis.

Quality control coach is typically an entry-level position for National Football League (NFL) coaches before moving on to positional jobs and coordinator positions. Several head coaches, such as Jon Gruden, Ron Rivera, and Robert Saleh began their coaching career in quality control. The first full-time female coach in NFL history, Kathryn Smith, was hired as a quality control coach by the Buffalo Bills in 2016.

There are three different types of quality control teams: offensive, defensive, and special teams. Offensive quality control will chart the upcoming teams' defense for various down and distance situations, field positions and how many times they use particular personnel groupings. Defensive quality control will do similar analysis of the offense. Special teams quality control will figure out what players are used in various special situations such as kickoff and punt.

I suspect the title is simply a matter of preference of the HC or GM and am fairly certain every team has someone fulfilling the basic duties ... but of course they are generally men.

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Thanks GHT120 for all the info you have provided. However, this quality control coach sounds like a padded position and and a lot of unnecessary fluff for a team to be paying. To become an offensive or defensive coach, most have played the game and have years of experience before attaining such a position. From the description provided, it sounds like this quality control coach does what a coach does too. To me it sounds like a "too many cooks to spoil the broth" situation,

It is just an entry-level position. They can call it whatever they want. Henry Burris had that title in Jacksonville for 2022, but he is currently not listed on their website. When Chris Jones went to Cleveland, he pretty much performed those same duties which was doing analysis via sitting in front of a computer screen.

Have to start somewhere...