Assistants have to be prepared

With many teams turning to young head coaches, assistants know they always need to be prepared for every opportunity. But it's hard to be ready for all of the obstacles a first-time head coach will have to overcome.

Originally Published: March 28, 2007
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Back in the days of Don Shula, Bill Walsh and Chuck Noll, the wait for head coaching jobs seemed eternal.

The NFL didn't have 32 head coaching jobs, so turnover wasn't as dramatic as it is now. Since 1992, the NFL has averaged seven head coaching changes a year. Back in the old days, assistants had the chance to compile long lists of fellow assistants they would hire if the head coaching opportunity came to them. Many didn't need job résumés because coaches hired friends ...

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