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Browns want to interview Condoleezza Rice, shows head coach job destined to change

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Condoleezza Rice
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would become
the first women to ever interview for a head coaching job in the
NFL.

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Dejak/AP


  • The Cleveland Browns want to interview former
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their
    head-coaching job, according to Adam Schefter of
    ESPN.
  • Rice is a lifelong Browns fan, and there is a lot of
    admiration for Rice inside the Browns organization.
  • It is unclear if Rice would be interested in
    interviewing for the position or if the Browns would even hire
    her, but they want to see what she could bring to the
    organization.
  • That Rice is being considered for the job shows that
    the NFL head coaching position is destined to evolve into
    something that is more akin to a CEO — with less focus on
    actual coaching and in favor of running the organization with
    big-picture decisions.

The Cleveland Browns want to interview Condoleezza Rice to be
their next head coach, according to Adam Schefter of
ESPN
.

“Browns general manager John Dorsey said last week that he was
opening to hiring a woman as Cleveland’s next head coach, and
there is one prominent name on the team’s wish list to
interview,” Schefter wrote. “The Browns would like to interview
former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their
head-coaching job, a league source tells ESPN.”


Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice is a lifelong Cleveland Browns
fan.

NFL

Rice is a lifelong Browns fan, and according to Schefter, there
is a lot of admiration for her within the Browns’ organization.

It is unknown if Rice would want to interview or if the Browns
would even hire her for the job. However, according to Schefter,
the Browns would like to speak with her about what she could
bring to the position and the organization. The interview could
also lead to a different role with the team.

While the report was met with skepticism and laughs of “it’s just
the Browns being the Browns,” the move may not be as crazy as it
sounds if you consider that the job of “head coach” in the NFL is
evolving and at some point, it will look nothing like the
position with which we are all familiar.

In the not-too-distant future, NFL head coaches will be
less like coaches and more like CEOs. Likely, teams will
hire people — possibly under the title of “President of Football
Operations” — to make all the crucial decisions, deal with the
media and the public, and leave 95% of the actual coaching to the
coordinators and position coaches.

The position of “head coach” would essentially cease to exist.


Theo Epstein
Future NFL “head coaches” will likely be more like Theo
Epstein of the Chicago Cubs.

Yale
University


To a certain extent, we have already seen this in Major League
Baseball, where people like Andrew Friedman of the Los
Angeles Dodgers and Theo Epstein of the Chicago Cubs put the
teams together and predetermine most of the managerial decisions
before a game has even started even though neither is ever in the
dugout. The difference in those cases is that a manager is still
the public face of the team.

We have also seen something similar at the college level where
coaches like Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno did little or no actual
coaching towards the ends of the careers and were more like
figureheads when it came to the actual games.

In the NFL, the evolution has already begun. Offensive and
defensive coordinators typically call plays and run their
respective sides of the ball. During practices, position coaches
do most of the coaching

During games, NFL head coaches are often limited to deciding when
to go for it on fourth down and yelling at the officials. Most of
their job is done off the field, especially for coaches like Bill
Belichick of the New England Patriots who are given more control
and autonomy over the team and the organization, something that
Rice would likely have.

None of this means Rice, who is a former member of the College
Football Playoff selection committee, will ever be an NFL head
coach. But that she is a candidate should not come as a surprise
as it is just another example of how the job of head coach is
changing, and soon, the position we are all familiar with may
disappear forever.

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