time2rock, on 11 January 2013 - 09:09 AM, said:
I wasn't directing my comment at anyone specific (i.e. Cowher and Gruden) - it was more about the process (looking more intently at coaches from the college level, thinking they'll outsmart everyone else and land the next gem). Who knows ... maybe it works. I don't necessarily buy into the idea that a new HC has a much higher chance at success at this level if he has previous NFL coaching experience - I think a good HC is a good HC, regardless of where he comes from. It just seems to be more of a focus for them than I've seen from other teams (at least what is reported, other teams linked to college coaches are usually linked to only 1-2 candidates - who knows what goes on behind the scenes).
My point is simply that it makes sense that they should talk to everyone, but why haven't they talked to Gruden or Cowher yet, if they are in fact talking to everyone.
By my count, they have talked to only 3 college coaches. Not really that many, especially considering O'Brien's resume. Is he really a "college" coach, or an NFL coach who's now coaching at the college level? Of the true "college" coaches, they have talked to two. Again, I don't have a problem with them interviewing everyone. Just why not everyone