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ESPN: Top 10 Asst. next in line to become head coaches?

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  1. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    ESPN: Insider

    Which NFL assistants are next in line to become head coaches? We asked Scouts Inc. to rank the top 10.


    Every season, several assistant coaches, whether they contribute to the success of a Super Bowl contender or lift the fortunes of a particular unit, emerge as head-coaching candidates. Scouts Inc. identifies the assistants who have distinguished themselves the most this season and who will likely be setting their sights on bigger things in the offseason.


    1. Rex Ryan
    Defensive coordinator, Baltimore
    Ryan without a doubt is the best defensive coordinator in the NFL. Every defense he has touched has turned to gold. Ryan is an aggressive coach who always keeps offenses off balance with his unique personnel groupings and multiple blitz-pressure packages. He has outstanding communication skills, relates well to players and is very approachable. Ryan has proved he has good player evaluation skills by identifying physically athletic players who best fit his aggressive schemes. On top of that, he understands how to develop team chemistry, which is so critical in building organizational team concepts in the NFL.


    2. Ron Rivera
    Defensive coordinator, Chicago
    A former NFL player, Rivera understands his players' situations very well, is an excellent communicator and relates to the modern player. The Bears' defense has been among the very best in the league for the past couple of years and Rivera deserves much of the credit for that success. Chicago's defenders play smart, rarely make mental errors and understand their assignments and fits very well. "Tampa 2" defensive coaches are all the rage right now and Rivera understands the scheme as well as anyone. Rivera's name was tossed around for available head-coaching jobs last year and his momentum should only gain steam after another outstanding season.



    3. Ken Whisenhunt
    Offensive coordinator, Pittsburgh
    Whisenhunt is an up-and-comer who has been instrumental in the development of QB Ben Roethlisberger. Although Whisenhunt looked like a genius a year ago, his offense -- and Roethlisberger -- were not the same in 2006. That isn't necessarily a blemish on Whisenhunt, as he is innovative and very intelligent. He is a fine communicator and a fearless play-caller. The Raiders wanted him as their head coach before they hired Art Shell and Whisenhunt wisely decided to stay with Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh, where he could become the successor.


    4. Russ Grimm
    Assistant head coach/offensive line, Pittsburgh

    Grimm is respected by coaches and players alike because he is a tough, no-nonsense straight shooter who coaches like he played back in his days as one of the top "Hogs" in Washington. He has a great understanding of offensive line play, keeps things simple and is a fine communicator. Cowher promoted Grimm to assistant head coach this past year as a testament to his abilities. Grimm went to the University of Pittsburgh, is from the area and would be a fine candidate to succeed Cowher for the head job of the Steelers.


    5. Cam Cameron
    Offensive coordinator, San Diego
    San Diego has the best running back and tight end on the planet, but this outstanding offense has as much to do with Cameron as the exceptional talent base. Cameron has been instrumental in the development of QB Philip Rivers and the transition to Rivers from Drew Brees, which was seamless. The Chargers may have the most-balanced offense in the league and Cameron is exceptional at keeping this group unpredictable. San Diego is an extremely difficult team to prepare for and Cameron is a huge reason why.


    6. Clancy Pendergast
    Defensive coordinator, Arizona
    Pendergast is an up-and-coming coach who is very innovative in his game plans and designs on a weekly basis. He is an aggressive play-caller who doesn't allow the offense to dictate tempo. He understands the strengths and weaknesses of his defensive personnel and places them in the best positions to make plays. He has very good people skills, relates well to his players and is an outstanding teacher of the game.


    7. Mike Tomlin
    Defensive coordinator, Minnesota
    In his first year in Minnesota, Tomlin seamlessly instituted a new defensive scheme (Tampa 2) with fine results. This is the scheme in vogue across the NFL right now and this bright young coordinator has quickly made a name for himself. He utilized the talent that was there for him extremely well. Minnesota's defense was extraordinary against the run, generated turnovers with regularity and made a lot of big plays. The Vikings' defense will only get better in his second season as coordinator and Tomlin's star is only getting brighter.


    8. Jim Schwartz
    Defensive coordinator, Tennessee
    Schwartz has learned under two of the best head coaches in the NFL in Bill Belichick and Jeff Fisher. He is very detail-oriented and well-organized in his game preparation. He loves to pressure with multiple blitz packages and places a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. He relates well to players and has an outstanding work ethic. He is a very smart coach who has a good understanding of the salary cap as it relates to team-building in the NFL.


    9. Rob Ryan
    Defensive coordinator, Oakland
    Ryan has done an unbelievable job in getting his players to buy into his system. He has learned under Belichick, not to mention his father, Buddy Ryan, one of the best defensive minds in NFL history. Ryan relates extremely well to players and is an outstanding teacher of the game. He has a passion for evaluating and developing players who best fit his system. Without question, both Rob and his twin brother Rex (Baltimore) were born and groomed to become head coaches in the NFL as legacies of the founding father of the 46 defense.


    10. Josh McDaniels
    Offensive coordinator, New England McDaniels is another young coach who is on the fast track to becoming a head coach. Belichick has a tremendous amount of respect for McDaniels' ability to keep defenses off balance with his play-calling. He is a smart, instinctive coach who has a great understanding of the Patriots' system in drafting and developing players. McDaniels is an outstanding evaluator of talent. He has done a great job with QB Tom Brady and is very similar to Jets head coach Eric Mangini in building team chemistry as it relates best to organizational concepts.
  2. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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  3. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    :eek: :eek: :eek: I'm shocked......:D
  4. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    He's #11 :lmao2:
  5. felix360

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    1. Rex Ryan
    Defensive coordinator, Baltimore
    Ryan without a doubt is the best defensive coordinator in the NFL. Every defense he has touched has turned to gold. Ryan is an aggressive coach who always keeps offenses off balance with his unique personnel groupings and multiple blitz-pressure packages. He has outstanding communication skills, relates well to players and is very approachable. Ryan has proved he has good player evaluation skills by identifying physically athletic players who best fit his aggressive schemes. On top of that, he understands how to develop team chemistry, which is so critical in building organizational team concepts in the NFL.


    this guy has to be out next coach, Get R dun Jerrah
  6. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    But but but he's a Buddy's kid :( j/k
  7. JIMMYBUFFETT

    JIMMYBUFFETT Skinwalker

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    I don't know about serving as head coach , but as a high paid defensive coordinator , I'd lean heavily toward Rob Ryan from Oakland , and a name not mentioned with Mike Smith defensive coordinator for Jacksonville . Both guys have experience in both the 3-4 and 4-3 defenses as well as coaching for more than one dominant defense . Ryan with the Patriots 2000-2003 then the Raiders 2004-2006 . Smith with Ravens 1999-2002 then with the Jaguars 2003-2006 .
  8. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    Both are Buddy's kids? Rob and Rex?
  9. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    Since they're twins, I'd hope so!
  10. ManicDepressiveMan

    ManicDepressiveMan Member

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    I agree.

    Hopefully he could bring his brother with him.
  11. theebs

    theebs Believe!!!!

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    mike tomlin, clancy pendergast and josh mcdaniels?

    Im sorry but this is a pitiful list. Much like espns draft previews this is pretty lousy.

    Pendergast defenses have never been able to stop anyone and mike tomlin? Come on. The guy is in his first year of being a defensive coordinator and they are not even a playoff team. Let him learn that job for a while.

    THis is part of the reason you see the nfl watered down in the present also, too much coaching change, and too many coaches undeserving in my opinion.

    And yes I know someone will say eric mangini. Lets just see how he is doing three years from now. He was great this year.

    Good Grief clancy pendergast.
  12. The Fonz

    The Fonz Correctamundo

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    wasn't Clancy Pendergast with cowboys early on? I am not sure anyone of them will be ready as a HC yet.But if I have to choose one I would take Rex Ryan or Jim Schwartz who played for the boys .
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  13. aikemirv

    aikemirv Well-Known Member

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    The question for Jerry Jones is, if you want one of the Ryan brothers, do you just bite the bullet right know and dump BP, or do you try to get one of the two in hear now as the new Defensive coordinator with the understanding that they will take over after BP leaves.

    I would love to get one of the Ryan brothers and then bring back Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator. I just think he is a great Off. Coordinator.
  14. Pottsville Maroons

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    Ironic that, while Zimmer isn't on the list, his Secondary Coach from the Campo years is: Pendergast.
  15. theebs

    theebs Believe!!!!

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    Didnt jim schwantz play for dallas and miami? not schwartz?
  16. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    Jerry don't play that.

    The next coach will be a big name, not someone just starting out.
  17. felix360

    felix360 Active Member

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    The only big name i see out there would be bill cohwer but i dont think he'll come here, other that that i dont see anyone else.
  18. The Fonz

    The Fonz Correctamundo

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    You got that right I was thinking of jim schwantz who played for Dallas and San Francisco .
  19. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    stunning

    David
  20. ManicDepressiveMan

    ManicDepressiveMan Member

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    I figure both Ryans are under contract with their current teams so only a promotion to HC for the Cowboys could break said contract.

    Norv is going nowhere. He lives in the San Fran area and has a solid young nucleus he is building there.

    You couldn't get him in Dallas anyway unless he was promoted here to HC.

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