I have been thinking a lot about what I want in the Titans new coach. The first requirement is obviously a guy that is willing to design his offense to, as Jon Robinson put it, maximize Marcus Mariota’s talents. The Mike Mularkey offense relegated Marcus to being a game manager. That is just a ridiculous thing to do when you have a guy as talented as Mariota.
The second thing I want is a guy that is willing to tailor his game plan to attack the weakness of the opponent each week. Mularkey wanted his team to line up and run the football no matter what the strength of the opposing defense was. That’s just stupid. Why not take a page from the most successful team in the modern NFL, the New England Patriots, and relentlessly attack your opponents weakness each week?
Thirdly, I want a coach that is willing to use analytics to make decisions. Go read this article on Doug Pederson and the Eagles coaching staff. They have math guys on staff that are not only on staff, but have a line of communication with Pederson during the game. I love that they said a lot of their decisions on when to go for it on 4th down are actually made before the season based on the percentages. Why don’t more teams do this??
Instead most people wait until they are in the situation to make a decision on whether they are going to go for it or not. How many times have you seen a team burn a timeout before deciding to go for it or punt because by the time they make the decision their isn’t enough time left on the play clock to get the snap off? You don’t have that problem if you make those decisions ahead of time based on math.
So many coaches are a disaster when it comes to clock management in the final two minutes of the first half or at the end of the game. Why not have a person on your staff dedicated to the numbers in that situation so it is one less thing the head coach has to think about in that moment? It just makes too much sense!
Those are the main 3 points I would be looking for when interviewing a potential coach. What are your main three things?