NFL Coaches and NFL Head Coaches


A NFL Coaches- are professional at training and developing football players. They hold a higher public profile than most coaches and are paid millions of dollars.

Essentially, they run the team. NFL coaches makes all significant decisions, including draft picks, free agents, trades, day-to-day practice, depth charts, in-game substitutions, and game day scheme.

They have some decision making on NFL players contracts but more than likely the decision for draft picks, free agents and contract are the responsibility of the GM, i.e. General Manager.

The Head coach sets the tone for an NFL team by providing his offensive or defensive philosophy, and what type of disciple he will administer to the team.

Some NFL coaches philosophy is its my way or the highway, some are player coaches who works with the players by taking their input.

The NFL head coach at the pro level has much more time to devote to tactics and playbooks, which are discuss and strategize with the assistant coaches.

NFL head coaching, due to the extensive time on the road, long hours watching tape and going over game strategies, is a very stressful job. Since the money is good many coaches retire in their early fifties.

NFL head coaches have assistance coaches to develop offensive, defensive, and special team strategies.

Assistant NFL coaches are usually subordinate to the NFL head coach, often in offensive positions or defensive positions, and occasionally proceeding down into individualized coaching position.

A assistant head coach is the team's vice-president to the head coach. He has no official duties, except for those assigned to him by the head coach.

In most cases the offensive and defensive coaches are second in command after the head coach.

Offensive Philosophy


The offensive coordinator-is a member of the coaching staff in the NFL who is in charge of the offense.

The offensive coordinator is in charge of managing all offensive players, assistant NFL coaches, designing specific offensive plays, developing a specific offensive game plan, and calling the plays for the offense during the game.

The offensive coordinator has a number of assistant NFL coaches working under him; these coaches are offensive line coach, wide receiver coach, tight end coach, runner back coach and quarterback coach.
In most cases the offensive coordinator determines what offense philosophy the team will run.
Here some of the most common offensive philosophies that are ran in the NFL:

  • Smash Mouth
  • Spread Offense
  • Pro Style Set
  • Coryell Offense/ Air Coryell/ Vertical Offense
  • West Coast Offense
  • Wildcat Offense

A offensive line coach is a coach in the NFL who is in charge of the offensive line. A offensive line coach works primarily with the offensive centers, guards and tackles on the team.

He teaches them specific offensive line techniques and plays that the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach has develop for the offensive line players.

A quarterback coach is a coach in the NFL who is in charge of the quarterbacks. A quarterback coach work primarily with the quarterbacks on the team.

He teaches them specific quarterback techniques and plays the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach has develop for the quarterbacks.

A running back coach is a coach in the NFL who is in charge of the running backs. A running back coach work primarily with the running backs on the team.

He teaches them specific running back techniques and plays the offensive coordinator and running back coach has develop for the running backs.

A wide receiver coach is a coach in the NFL who is in charge of the wide receivers. A wide receiver coach work primarily with the wide receivers on the team.

He teaches them specific wide receiver techniques and plays the offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach has develop for the wide receivers.

A tight ends coach is a coach in the NFL who is in charge of the tight ends . A tight ends coach work primarily with the tight ends on the team.

He teaches them specific tight ends techniques and plays the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach has develop for the tight ends.

Defense Philosophy


A defensive coordinator is a member of the coaching staff in the NFL who is in charge of the defense.

The defensive coordinator is in charge of managing all defensive players and assistant NFL coaches, developinga specific defensive game plan, and calling the plays for the defense during the game.

The defensive coordinator has a number of assistant NFL coaches working under him; these coaches are defensive line coach, linebacker coach and the defensive back coach.

In most cases the defensive coordinator determines what defensive philosophy the team will run. Here some of the most common defensive philosophies that are ran in the NFL:


A defensive line coach is a coach in the NFL who is in charge of the defensive line. A defensive line coach works primarily with the defensive ends and defensive tackles on the team.

He teaches them specific defensive line techniques and plays that the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach has develop for the defensive line players.

A linebackers coach is a coach in the NFL who is in charge of the linebackers. The linebackers coach coach works primarily with the linebackers on the team.

He teaches them specific linebacker techniques and plays that the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach has develop for the linebackers.

A defensive back coach is a coach in the NFL who is in charge of the defensive backs which are the safeties and corner backs. The defensive back coach works primarily with the defensive backs on the team.

He teaches them specific defensive back techniques and plays that the defensive coordinator and defensive back coach has develop for the defensive backs.

Special Teams


A special team coordinator is a member of the coaching staff in the NFL who is in charge of the special team units that are on the field during specific situations.

The special team coordinator is in charge managing all special teams players, special team assistant NFL coaches, developing a specific special teams game plan and calling the plays for the special team during the game.

The special team coordinator has one assistant special team coach and they are in charge of the following special teams;

  • Kickoff Team
  • Kick Return Team
  • Punting Team
  • Punt Blocking Team
  • Punt Return Team
  • Field Goal Team
  • Extra Point Team
  • Field Goal Blocking Team
  • "Hands Team" used for offside kicks to prevent the kicking team from recovering a kick, usually by recovering the ball themselves.

Even though there are fewer points scored on special teams than on offense, special teams play determines where the offense will have good or bad field position, and this has a immediate impact on how easy or difficult it is for the offense to score.

Because these aspects of the game can be so different from general offensive and defensive play, a specific group of players are drilled in executing these plays.

Most special teams players are second and third string players from other positions, but there are specialist on the special team squad.

The special team coaches make sure they have the best people to give there all, so the team will control field position on the field.