The Terrifying Process of Hiring a New Head Coach in the NFL

January 3, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

So you're an NFL general manager and your 2016 season sucked. 
Insert whatever softer or harsher description you'd like, but the ending doesn't change. You'll be watching the playoffs instead of participating in them, and it's become clear a fresh direction is needed. Even if, like the happier times for the San Francisco 49ers pictured above, the expiration date for the current direction came far too fast.
A new direction means a new face to lead that redirect, and a new head coach. There's some darkness involved in reaching that point, as Black Monday is more than just a name capable of spawning a thousand splashy headlines.
Coaches lose their jobs and the annual warp-speed spinning of the carousel begins. On a basic human level, the thought of finding new employment while potentially jetting across the country can be scary. But those feelings pale in comparison to what's happening on the other side of the table as the next generation of potential head coaches is e...

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