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Why are so many more offensive guys hired?

A question was posed to us late Sunday night by a coach, "Why is it so much harder for a defensive coordinator to get a head job than an offensive coordinator?" Interesting question. Here are our thoughts; but we'd like to hear from you guys as well...

It's too early to draw any conclusions from the 2013-14 hiring cycle, but the results of the 2012-13 hiring period are undeniable. Of the 31 FBS head coaches hired last winter, 25 had offensive backgrounds. Of the eight NFL franchises that changed head coaches following last season, seven had offensive backgrounds. That's an .821 batting average for the offensive side of the ball.

Decision makers gravitate toward offense, and it's clear to see why. They've got to sell suites and tickets, and points sell. The average fan is more excited to see his team score 45 points rather than limit the opponent to 13. Spread offenses that throw the ball all over the field have further tilted the landscape toward offensive coaches. 

Another factor is the makeup of the typical defensive coach versus the the typical offensive coach. Being an offensive coordinator is a forward-facing position that typically gets more reps selling himself to the media, boosters and fans. He has to be engaging. Many were quarterbacks themselves and got plenty of time in front of the camera as a player. Think Kliff Kingsbury.

Being a defensive coordinator is an inward-facing position that often has little interest in anything other than coaching ball and dominating the opposing offense. Think Nick Aliotti or John Chavis. Chavis is a brilliant coach and an engaging, bright person, but he rarely pushes himself into the limelight. 

In the race for a head coaching jobs, offensive coaches are starting three steps ahead.

What can an defensive coordinator hoping to take the next step do to mitigate his disadvantages? Be prepared. The best move a defensive coordinator can make is to have a successful offensive coordinator on board with you as you start the interview process. 

The truth is, on a lot of staffs the defensive coordinator is the first coach players would run through a brick wall for. Guys like Pat Narduzzi, Dave Steckel, Bud Foster and Geoff Collins immediately come to mind, but there are dozens and dozens more out there. They're all tremendous leaders and excellent coaches.

In the long run, wins and losses matter more than points & buzzwords. Here's hoping these guys get their chance to present their case in person for the next big opportunity.

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