NFC West: Chan Gailey
"I feel bad about this," Carroll told reporters after the 50-17 victory. "That was part of our game plan. It was something I could have called off and I didn’t. It was an automatic for us, and I didn’t do it. It happened. We’re trying to make first downs, so I let it go. It’s unfortunate that it comes across that we’re doing something wrong there. That’s my fault totally for not stopping it from happening."
This explanation holds up, in my view. The St. Louis Rams had one of these "automatic" fake calls in play against San Francisco in Week 10. Punter Johnny Hekker had the green light to throw the ball once the 49ers left a receiver uncovered on the perimeter. Hekker completed that pass from his own end zone.
According to Carroll, the Seahawks had a fake set up against the Bills if Buffalo showed Seattle a certain defensive look. When the Seahawks got that look, their players went with the fake. Carroll could have removed the fake as an option before the play, and in retrospect, that is what he said he should have done.
Reporters asked Bills coach Chan Gailey about the fake punt.
"No comment," Gailey replied.
Robinson has spent the last three seasons coaching running backs at the University of Miami. He previously coached under current Bills coach Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech.
NFC West coaching staffs appear close to set for the season. The Rams have yet to hire a receivers coach and it's unclear who, if anyone, might replace Art Valero as the team's assistant offensive line coach. Valero left the Rams for the Seahawks this offseason.
The 49ers might need a new offensive quality control coach if Shane Day leaves to become the Bears' quarterbacks coach under coordinator Mike Martz.
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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.