With not much to report on during the dead season, it’s always interesting to see new listical content from NFL.com being published on a daily basis — Gil Brandt, NFL.com media senior analyst, recently produced a list of 11 current NFL players who, according to him, will make great head coaches one day.
The list was headed by Phillip Rivers, but Brandt mentioned that the list was in no particular order. It’s easy to see Rivers as a future NFL head coach, due to being a coach’s son, his competitive spirit and the constant coaching from the sideline that he already does.
One current Jacksonville Jaguars player made the list, too: Paul Posluszny.
I don’t think it would be too much of a stretch to see Poz with a headset on in the future, either.
Brandt, whose role of vice president of player personnel with the Dallas Cowboys lasted nearly three decades, believes Posluszny already possesses the necessary tools to be the head man in charge. This includes his willingness to teach others.
Posluszny is another prime model of the type of overachieving player who makes for good head-coaching material. He's the type of person who wants to help others -- including his successor, Myles Jack -- get better by learning the game. He would be an aggressive type of head coach who places a premium on teaching.
Posluszny is entering his 11th season in the league in 2017, and seventh in Jacksonville. Needless to say he’s been around the game for a long time. Poz’s most noted qualities are his leadership and his knowledge of the game. All of these are obviously positive traits for future head coaches.
Poz is also a team-first guy. Although he didn’t initially seem too excited about transitioning from middle linebacker to SAM, he understands that it was what was best for the Jaguars in 2017. It’s clear his best days are likely behind him, and he is a liability in pass coverage, but I still expect Poz to be a force against the run and do all he can to help the defense.
Posluszny, a one-time Pro Bowler, is Jacksonville’s all-time leading tackler, and despite holes in his game in coverage, he actually is in the top-five in franchise history in both interceptions and passes defended.
Other notable names on Brandt’s list include Matt Ryan, Anquan Boldin, and Terrence Newman, among others.
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