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Monday, May 11, 2009
No wonder Warner isn't interested in coaching

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

NFL QB Coach Team NFL Passing Yards
Ken Anderson
PIT 32,838
Jim Zorn
WAS 21,115
Chris Miller
ARI 19,320
Wade Wilson
DAL 17,283
Frank Reich
IND 6,075
Matt Cavanaugh
NYJ 4,332
Alex Van Pelt
BUF 2,985
Bill Musgrave
ATL
402
Tom Clements
GB 77
Mike McCoy
DEN 0

Kurt Warner loves football, but not enough to dive into coaching once he retires as a player. The hours are too long, Warner told Darren Urban, a the quarterback has other priorities.

It's tough convincing millionaire athletes to work 80-hour weeks for a fraction of what they earned as players. Warner will pocket $19 million in salary and signing bonus this year, considerably more than an entire NFL coaching staff earns in a season.

Most former NFL quarterbacks coaching the position played before huge salaries proliferated (see chart). I remember a prominent offensive lineman informing his team upon retirement in the late 1990s that he would be willing to serve as an assistant for $400,000 a year. The team tried not to laugh. The player never went into coaching.

Warner's new position coach, Chris Miller, is one of the more accomplished former NFL quarterbacks coaching the position. I counted 10 former NFL passers coaching quarterbacks. The figure includes Redskins head coach Jim Zorn, who oversees the position. The Broncos' Mike McCoy spent one game as the 49ers' third quarterback in 1997.

Another 14 NFL quarterbacks coaches played the position in college, including the Seahawks' Bill Lazor (Cornell), the Rams' Dick Curl (Richmond) and the 49ers' Mike Johnson (Akron).

Ken Zampese (Bengals), Kyle Shanahan (Texans) and James Urban (Eagles) were college receivers. The Saints' Joe Lombardi, grandson of Vince, was a college tight end. The Chargers' John Ramsdell was a college running back. The Patriots' Bill O'Brien and the Vikings' Kevin Rogers were college linebackers. The Lions' Jeff Horton did not play in college.

The Chiefs do not list a quarterbacks coach, but offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, once a quarterback at Florida, is overseeing the position.