Highest paid coaches in the NFL

Forbes released an article detailing the ten highest paid coaches in all of sports, and not surprisingly, the NFL dominated with 8 coaches making the cut.

On top of the list was Bill Belichick, who pulls in about $7.5 million annually. As the article points out, that's a far cry from where he started out, making $50 a week as an assistant with Baltimore back when they were the Colts.

Also noted on the list are Mike Shanahan ($7 million per), Jeff Fisher ($7 milllion annually) Pete Carroll (also around $7 million annually), Lovie Smith ($6 million per), Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Tomlin ($5.75 million annually), and Andy Reid ($5.5 million). Of the top ten, only Coach Whisenhunt and Coach Fisher have experience in the NFL as both players and head coaches.

As far as college coaches go, Nick Saban and Mack Brown aren't too far behind.

Other coaches that made the cut in the top 10 were NBA coaches, the Celtics Doc Rivers ($7 million) and the Spurs Gregg Popovich ($6 million).


Meyer: We're as thorough as anybody

Urban Meyer has spent the past couple weeks holding one on one meetings with each of the 90 players on the Buckeyes roster. The meetings last about 15 minutes each, and are aimed at giving the players an honest evaluation from every possible angle.

Before the meeting, Meyer compiles written feedback from each member of his staff that the players come in contact with. That includes his assistant coaches, the strength staff, and the academic staff.

“The young man sits across from me and I say, ‘Here’s what we need: Our strength coach thinks you’re a dog.’ Or, ‘Our strength coach thinks you do a great job. Now let’s go to academics. They grade you as a six out of 10, which means you’re failing right now. It’s not very good’...as opposed to, ‘Zach Boren, you’re a nine, just keep going. C.J. Barnett, you’re a 9.5, keep going.’”

Meyer is a firm beleiver in the meetings because he wants to keep his guys properly informed and avoid any possible misunderstandings. Sometimes those meetings are very uncomfortable, while other times they know exactly what to expect.

“I’ve always believed the worst thing that can happen between a coach and a player is some misunderstanding or some cloudiness about what’s going on, you try to eliminate that with different evaluations. We’re probably as thorough as anybody with that.”

Grad Assistant of the Day - Adrian Haywood (Baylor)

Meet Baylor's defensive grad assistant Adrian Haywood. Haywood played at SMU under Phil Bennett and Jim Gush...and then got hired both those guys. That's good enough recommendation for me.

Haywood specializes with the defensive tackles and he's all about teaching his players great work ethic and to get the most they can out of football on the field and off of it. 

You can follow Coach Haywood on Twitter @CoachHaywood 

"Intense" environment at Cincinnati

Roy Manning, the first year running backs coach at Cincinnati, sat down with the Bearcat film crew to talk about his approach to coaching and his influences as a coach recently.

"My approach to coaching is bringing energy everyday, bringing toughness, being ready and willing to compete everyday, and then having some fun out there. I think when you play a game like football, and when you coach a game like football, if you don't have an energy and passion, and your not ready to compete and learn and get better each and everyday, I think your wasting your time."

Cincinnati has been able to roll out at least 10 wins in the past 4 out of 5 seasons. Butch Jones has created an environment up there that Manning simply describes as "intense". 

"From the morning when you wake up 'til you go to bed at night, Coach Jones puts it in you to always be thinking of what you could be doing, ways you could be getting better, ways you could be improving. So, for a young coach, I think that it definitely helps me and keeps me motivated each and every day to just try and be my best."

There's also some footage of Manning out on the field "giving the business" to his running backs as they run through a ball security drill, as well as some brief pointers in the meeting room for pass protection on their roll outs.

Mic'd up at NIU

Northern Illinois corners coach Richard McNutt got mic'd up during spring ball up in Dekalb, and definitely kept the camera guys busy trying to keep up with his up tempo approach.

McNutt leads the corners through a series of drills in the clip, including a backpedal reaction drill where the focus is to "step and replace" while reacting to directions and body placement, as well as a useful lock out and steer drill where the corners shed the receiver to make an open field tackle.

Coach McNutt also throws in a well timed "Mike Tyson Punch-out" reference during some instruction as well. Classic.

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