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Need a coach? Look for best leader

Playbook matters, but ability to inspire and motivate more paramount to success

Originally Published: January 13, 2014
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com

Mike Zimmer continues to slug it out on the interview circuit while Jay Gruden, who apparently could have had his pick of head-coaching jobs, decorates his sweet new office in Ashburn, Va.

Three playoff appearances in three years as the Bengals' offensive coordinator landed Gruden a five-year deal to be head coach of the Washington Redskins. Six years as the Bengals' defensive coordinator and Zimmer is still hoping for the chance.

This isn't Gruden's fault, ...

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