Should the Washington Redskins new head coach lean to the offensive or defensive side of the ball, or neither? As we’ve seen Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia get interviewed for the job. Should the new coach call plays? Or should they delegate those duties, and strictly focus on managing the game? Let’s take a look.
Former head coach Mike Shanahan was more of a manager type, and delegated the play-calling duties to his coordinators. But that was one of the things that bothered me about Shanahan, as he was just kind of there. It didn’t seem like he was very involved in the actual winning of the game. Yes, on occasion he would yell at a referee, but otherwise he didn’t seem to communicate much at all.
But maybe that’s not how it really was, and is just my perception of it. But sometimes perception is reality. I know that there are many different head coaching styles that can be effective. But I think it would be nice to see a coach on the sidelines who is actively communicating with his assistants, and at times with his players.
I’m not saying that a head coach has to call plays either, because as long as the job gets done right, then it shouldn’t matter. But when things break down in the game, I think the head coach should get involved to get things on track, and not leave his coordinators hanging out to dry. I think the head coach should be involved of every aspect of what’s happening in a game.
When a coach takes the mindset of it’s the coordinator’s job to call plays and not mine, I think that’s the wrong approach to take. If a coordinator is struggling, then the head coach should step in to help. But some head coaches don’t do this because I think they’re afraid to take the blame if things still go wrong. So they use their coordinators as scapegoats.
But do the Redskins need an offensive or defensive coach? I think I’ll always want the Redskins to find an offensive genius like Joe Gibbs was. But I don’t think offense or defense matters any more. I think you want a coach who knows how to push the right buttons instinctively. A coach who shows a sense of urgency, and can communicate a message.
In today’s NFL, I think those qualities matter more than which side of the ball a head coach leans. And they matter more than whether or not the coach calls plays. All that matters is that the team wins. But what do you think? Offense, Defense, or it doesn’t matter?