Gus Bradley’s 12-38 with the Jaguars, good for a .240 winning percentage. This type of futility doesn’t come around every day. In fact, it’s actually pretty hard to be that bad in a league with so much parity. Which leads us to believe that there are people out there without actual coaching experience who could have done a better job than him, if for no other reason than dumb luck. Alas, here are our Top-4:
4. Jay Glazer
Laugh all you want, but this guy has more respect from NFL stars than most coaches in the league. It seems like half the All-Pro team works out at his Hollywood gym during the offseason, and when Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne needed someone to guide him through the NFL tryout process, it was Glazer he turned to first. Many people in the LA NFL scene actually refer to him as the most powerful guy in the league. Whether or not that’s true, Glazer possesses the deep connections with players, coaches, and agents, as well as the people skills and football knowledge, to win more than 24% of his games.
3. Sarah Spain
Assuming that the barbarians who populate the NFL could actually take orders from an attractive woman (probably not the safest assumption to make), Spain would be the best candidate. She’s been playing and/or studying the sport her entire life and possesses a no-BS, take charge attitude that would serve her well in role. She’s also whip smart, used to excelling in a male-dominated industry, and fearless enough to actually go on the Gronk cruise. Women are also often more rational and less stubborn than men, so she has that going for her. Which is nice…
2. Scott Disick
(The Real) 2. Phil Ivey
Three of the most important skills for an NFL coach are extreme intelligence, risk management, and the ability to process information quickly. You also need to know how to read people. All that rah-rah shit? Totally overrated. Just ask Mike Tice. Ivey could delegate certain tactical play-calling duties to his coordinators, while using his sharp analytical mind to give the Jags an advantage on game days. The fact that he is young, black, and rich probably wouldn’t hurt either, especially when it came to relating to the players.
1. Mark Cuban
Being an NFL coach is closer to being the CEO of a company than it is to being an NFL coordinator. You need to be able to identify and recruit talented people, put them in positions where they are poised to succeed, and trust them enough to delegate to them when the rubber meets the road. Just watch Cuban on Shark Tank. There isn’t an industry he doesn’t understand and he’s always willing to think outside the box. The latter skill is extremely lacking in the NFL. Cuban has the perfect combination of knowing a ton, but still being self-aware enough to know what he doesn’t know. What he didn’t know, he would learn, and what he couldn’t master, he would delegate to people who have. It isn’t a coincidence he has been successful in everything he has ever done. NFL coach would be no different.