Sideline or the coaches box
- Published: Tuesday, 25 October 2011 10:06
- by Doug Samuels
One of the first things Arizona interim head coach Tim Kish did was move some coaches from the box down to the field. Kish was looking for more "on the field coaching".
At Clemson, both coordinators are on the sideline.
"They have to be able to sense the urgency in my eyes, the tone of my voice, that's why I've always on been on the field" Morris said. For Morris, the ability to talk to each position, is instrumental in his playcalling. He wants to know what the players are seeing, and experiencing on the field. You might also recall the piece we wrote up earlier why Kevin Steele believes you have to be on the field.
Ask coordinators and head coaches across the country, and you'll get a variety of answers about why they feel they are best suited for the sideline or the box.
For guys like Joe Paterno and Sean Payton, being in the coaches box temporarily keeps them out of harm's way, and gives them an opportunity to see the game differently. Payton went up in the box this past Sunday, sending offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael down to the field as Carmichael handled the playcalling duties in the Saints 62-7 win over Indianapolis (Payton also awarded Carmichael the game ball). Payton and Carmichael spoke frequently when the defense had the ball; but largely allowed Carmichael (who was on the field and able to meet with Drew Brees after every series...and yes, the Saints scored on every series Brees played) to call the game. After the game Payton admitted that being up top allows you to really see the game, the holes (both at the point of attack and in the defensive secondary); but said that once he's mobile enough he plans to be back on the field.
According to reseach done by the Ravens public relations department, only 5 of 32 offensive coordinators made calls from the box in 2010.
The bottom line is that there's no definitive answer to how delegate the sideline / coaches box duties, and it varies at each level. Seems like if you are a pure believer in the best scheme / play call will win, then the booth is the right place for you. If you are a "feel" guy, then you're probably better suited for the sideline.
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