Changing societies a piece of new coach's work

  • 14-December-2020

There's more than the X's and O's to consider while recruiting another lead trainer in the NFL.

Changing a culture and building up a more beneficial one is a prime thought. Four of the five groups that got new pioneers for 2020 appear to have taken the right actions.

The one lemon has been in Dallas, where not just have the Cowboys imploded on the field and in the standings, yet seem to have relapsed to the mid 2000s when America's Team was more America's Joke.

The standpoint is a lot more splendid for the Browns, Giants, Panthers and in Washington. What's more, those establishments began from a much lower level, with both Carolina and Washington experiencing off-field outrages lately.

“The No. 1 thing a new coach has to do, regardless if the culture has been great or not, is put your stamp on the team and set the identity of the team,” Hall of Fame mentor Tony Dungy says. “That is so much more important than the X’s and O’s; you can’t get caught up in what to do on the field, to me that is so far down the line."

“Who you are going to have in the building, what kind of players and staff, and how you are going to do things. That is what you have to fight to get across."

“A lot of the players had never been on a winning team, so it becomes how are we going to do this? What kind of people are we going to have? I remember telling (general manager) Rich McKay we have to have teachers, and that is who I want to have on my staff. The guys who do the hands-on instruction have to be great teachers. They came to me with Lovie Smith and Rod Marinelli, and of course I knew Herman Edwards.”

Recommending the Giants, Washington, Carolina or Cleveland are prepared to battle for a title is a stretch. However, the reality the spotlight is on their restorations, not on their brokenness, is a good representative for each lead trainer.


The wreck for an establishment that at long last dropped a moniker considered bigot additionally has included provocation claims from previous club workers and journalists, and a fight over minority possession stakes. Those are past Ron Rivera's span, however as he reviewed about a call soon after he was terminated by the Panthers last December with Washington group proprietor Daniel Snyder, Rivera's charge was more than what occurs between the sidelines.

“The thing that I was really pleased about was the conversation was about the football team, and more so about re-establishing the culture,” Rivera noted. “(Snyder) said in this conversation with Joe Gibbs, Joe had told him about the things that I had done and what I had done with all the situations we had there in Carolina. It was about culture. That conversation was probably about a little over an hour, and I’d say probably about 45 minutes of it, minimum, was probably about culture, about rebuilding culture and doing the things that were needed.”

Truly, Washington is just 5-7, yet Rivera's methodology is working all over — and in a pandemic-affected year, no less.

New York Giants

The Giants began 0-5 and now are driving the NFC East. All the more essentially, they have gained ground all over the place. Of specific note is the responsibility Joe Judge and his staff brought. Such culpability was unequivocally missing nearly since Tom Coughlin left.

Hostile line mentor Marc Colombo was terminated for voicing dismay over Judge's choice to employ Dave DeGuglielmo as a specialist. First-round draft pick Andrew Thomas appeared late for a gathering the night prior to a game and didn't begin. Brilliant Tate robbed for cameras and griped about an absence of targets and was sidelined the following week.

“I think the accountability to your teammates — and that’s coach to coach, coach to player, player to player, player to coach — we all have to be accountable to one another,” Judge says, “and that’s in how we work, in how we prepare and that’s in whatever the result of our preparation is. Don’t make any excuses, just call it what it is, be honest with each other. If we’re transparent and we’re honest, we can all go ahead and improve and move on.”


Matt Rhule fabricated a champ at Temple, at that point re-empowered a Baylor program that was embarrassment ridden. He went to a Panthers group in revamping mode, and keeping in mind that they're only 4-8, most likely their two best players — RB Christian McCaffrey and DL Kawann Short — have been harmed.

However the Panthers have been serious and vivacious.

“Those other places were different situations,” Rhule said, “but the one thing we did was battled and improved. I am proud of these guys, I see an improvement in them. There are so many guys we had slated to go and then other guys had to step up. There’s guys that when we started training camp weren’t even on the roster that are playing significant amounts of reps for us. So I like that part of who we are and what we’re building."

“Sometimes you are not winning, so you think it’s not working, but it’s working, you are just not winning yet. And if you keep doing it, it will continue to work and work.”


With the Browns, it's about soundness. Since reappearing the NFL in 1999, they apparently have employed new mentors yearly. They even brought back Hue Jackson after he went 0-16.

A consistent air, transparency and disciplinary ways have stamped Kevin Stefanski as maybe, at long last, the correct man. He's taken a program of fluctuated characters and, up until now, merged them into a fruitful unit.

“The culture starts with the head coach, and then it is up to the players to live up to that culture,” said Browns center JC Tretter. “Every coach has to come in and kind of lay out what they want and what they expect, and then hold the team accountable. And then it is the job of the players to keep their level to that standard. It starts with Kevin, it starts with who he is as a person, as a coach, as a leader. And then it falls to the players to make sure we represent that on a daily basis.”

Up until this point, job well done.

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