Why Byron Leftwich should be the next Bears Head Coach

Tom Pappalardo
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The Chicago Bears cannot find another egocentric head coach

If you combine the championship profile with very strong leadership skills, guts and intelligence then you have a great head coach in the making. Of course, when a team needs to hire a head coach or even a general manager you don’t always have candidates with the championship profile. Then you look for candidates that have played for or coached on teams where the head coach has a championship on his resume.

As both a player and a coach, a future head coach learns from head coaches who have won championships. These players and coaches learn from their mentors what are the essential components needed to build a champion. Once you have identified these types of candidates, then you look for evidence of strong leadership, guts and intelligence.

Here is another qualifier for a head coach, the age factor. A well-respected psychotherapist taught me that once a person gets into their mid 40’s, they are quite set in their ways. This relates to a head coach in that the closer he is to 45 years old, the more likely he will do what he believes in and won’t be influenced by outside pressures. These outside pressures can be enormous in professional sports.

What can sabotage a seemingly good hire for a head coach or general manager is this. You find the coach with all the right qualities and he has all the right experiences, However, once he gets the head coach job, he falls prey to outside pressures. This results in him not making important decisions based on what he believes is best. The younger guys are much more likely to make this critical mistake.