Originally written July 24, 2013 on Football Nation:
What factors lead to success as an NFL head coach? Is it something quantifiable such as success as a coordinator or previous experience coaching, or is it the intangible factors that only present themselves when the situation arises?Bill Belichick was mediocre as the head coach in Cleveland from 1991-1995 going 36-44 and only finishing over .500 once. He now has three super bowl rings as the coach of the New England Patriots. John Harbaugh had no previous head coaching experience prior to accepting the post in Baltimore, and he has won a playoff game in each of his five seasons there, including last year’s Super Bowl.The right answer lies somewhere in the middle. Differing factors lead to success as an NFL coach. Of the 14 coaches with winning percentages above .550 in the last 10 years, 10 were successful as an NFL coordinator (successful being defined here as top-10 at their position in the three years prior to getting a head coaching job), 11 had worked for successful head coache...
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