By HCR Staff | August 22, 2019
Continuing with our series on how we perceive all NFL Head Coaches, and the tiers they would fit into for us:
Doug Pederson: One of the things we like best about Pederson is that he was a former NFL player who has proven that former players can become excellent head coaches. Pederson operates very authentically, and that helps him connect with players with a level of credibility that is important – at least in our view. Of course, GM Howie Roseman and owner Jeff Lurie deserve tremendous credit for helping Pederson change the culture in the post-Chip Kelly era in Philly, but in our view, Pederson would be successful outside of Philly as well.
Jon Gruden: We’ll be interested to hear feedback on our choice here, but we believe Jon Gruden still is one of the best head coaches in the game. Yes, he’s been away a long time, and yes, his first season back didn’t go well, but the best thing we like about Jon Gruden is that he has a very, very clear vision of his brand of football and he is firmly committed to it. He doesn’t chase trends, and in a tough business, he’s unafraid to make decisions that may be unpopular. Gruden coaches with a grudge – sounds terribly negative, but in the context of the NFL, we like it and perceive it as a positive trait.