One never knows exactly what will precipitate an idea, but when one former NFL assistant coach noted this week the alleged retirement of longtime offensive coordinator Tom Moore, and the fact the former Indianapolis mentor of Peyton Manning spent some time discussing "red zone" concepts with the New York Jets' staff, it fired a synapse.
The thought: Particularly with the possibility of truncated training camps, and the potential need for more learned eyes on players, why not cobble together a sort of pseudo "consulting service" comprised of former league assistants?
In practice, it would probably be a lot more difficult than it sounds on the drawing board, but the assistant, who left his NFL job in the past few years, thinks it can fly.
"There is a lot of need out there, and there are a lot of experienced (coaches) who need to be busy," the former assistant told The Sports Xchange. "Definitely, it would ruffle some (current coaches') feathers, but it certainly could be a positive for all the people involved, coaches and teams alike."
The former assistant, who never served as a head coach in more than 20 years in the league, noted that much is made of the former Super Bowl-winning head coaches who currently aren't on the league's sidelines. He rattled off a list of names - Joe Bugel, Dan Henning, Jim McNally, Ray Sherman, Mike Haluchak, John Marshall and possible Jimmy Raye, among others - who might abandon their golf clubs for a few weeks to consult in camps.
The former "lifer" assistant coach claimed he is "going to start making some contacts," to gauge interest, first from the onetime peers, and then from teams. The idea isn't likely to fly, and will probably get no further than the drawing board, granted. Most head coaches, after all, don't want to create a perception that there are people looking over their shoulders or second-guessing them. But it's one of the more intriguing notions that we've heard posited lately in these tenuous times.
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