Latest coaching trends favor fresh faces, not retreads

Instead of placing a large premium on experience, teams in the market for a head coach are favoring the hot assistants who can sell tickets and strike a chord with players, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: January 18, 2008
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Not all that long ago, if NFL franchises had published want ads every time they desired to make a head coaching change, the job description in many of those cases would likely have included this critical caveat: "Only those with prior experience need apply."

But not anymore.

In recent firing-and-hiring cycles, the notion of adding a retread head coach is being increasingly rejected by owners and general managers. And the trend clearly has extended to this year ...

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