Monday, February 9, 2009

For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned

Two of the NFL's newest head coaches, 32-year-old Raheem Morris in Tampa Bay and 32-year-old Josh McDaniels (pictured here) in Denver have something in common with Mike Shanahan and Don Shula.

As this article reminds us, Coach Shanahan was 35 when he took over as head coach of the Raiders in 1988. And Coach Shula was 33 when he was named head coach of the Colts in 1963.

Young coaches are not new to pro sports. And though many recently-hired coaches may not have had head coaching experience, as Ravens president Dick Cass points out, "they still had tremendous coaching experience." In fact, says Cass, "All had been coaching their entire adult lives."

There's a saying: "For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned."

That philosophy is one that Coach McDaniels embraces:

"The way I coach and try to lead is by being more prepared than everybody else, trying to do that on a daily basis because I think that is what players respond to. The relating to players and all that stuff ... I've coached older players, I've coached younger players. I don't think age is a factor. What they care about is what I'm saying and whether or not it's going to help them win."