11:03 AM - January 9, 2014 by MMChrisS
I'm not an old man by any means, but I've definitely hit the downhill side of my prime. I'm now witnessing childhood sports heroes enter their respective Hall-of-Fame and I've also had a chance to see the life-cycle of today's modern head coach in college and at professional levels.
I've followed Tim Floyd's rise through the college ranks to the NBA and then back down again. I've seen Bill Belichick go from a loser in Cleveland to a dynasty in New England. And I've seen Mike Shanahan do the opposite, achieve championship status in Denver and then tank in the nation's capital.
Speaking of which, the Redskins have hired Shanahan's replacement in Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. But as I've seen the cycle play out I can't help but ask, 'Does it even matter?' At this level, all coaches are (for the most part) good at what they do, but the one thing they can't control -- the abundance of superstars on their team -- is the single aspect that may be the most important.
Was it Tim Floyd or Marcus Fizer? Is it Bill Belichick or Tom Brady? Was it Mike Shanahan or John Elway, and most recently an injured RGIII? So now as the coaching carousel turns and lands on Washington D.C., it's Jay Gruden -- or is it?
How much of an impact on a team's success do head coaches really have in professional sports?
Sports Headlines for January 9, 2014
- More people are showing up to NHL arenas than NBA games.
- Why even have traveling in the NBA? D-Wade gets away with seven -- SEVEN! -- steps. [Video]
- Frank Thomas is trying to close the HOF door on steroid users.
- If you play sports in high school, studies show you're more likely to reap the rewards during your golden years.
- In case you were were under a rock, the baseball hall-of-fame actually inducted some players this year.