Logan Zone

Logan Zone

A look behind the scenes at the NFL Draft

Posted April 23, 2013
Updated April 24, 2013

Almost every year I ever coached, which was somewhere around 40 years, someone would invariably walk up to me and ask, "Coach, what do you do in the offseason?"

I coached three years of junior high football, two years of high school football, two years of junior college football, way too many years of Division 1 football, three years of NFL Europe football and three years in the National Football League. Since it is NFL Draft time lets take a look at what the coaches do in the 'offseason.'

NFL coaches go to work around July 25th and work 7 days a week, 80 to 90 hours a week until roughly January 7th of the following year. It is an incredible grind. You will be given a week off to catch your breath and then the 'offseason' begins.

Immediately upon your return to the office you will be presented with a list of prospects at your respective position that need to be graded, reports written, and then all of these prospects ranked, from first to last. My last year with the Tampa Bay Bucs I was the running backs coach and it was my job to evaluate close to 100 running backs from all around the country. So your day begins around 7 a.m. alone in your office and you begin watching tape. Keep in mind you will need to look at a minimum of 7 to 8 tapes of each player before you can truly get a read on the skill set of the young man you are looking at. Do the math, 8 tapes times 100 running backs. Welcome to the twilight zone.

The entire month of February will be spent alone in your office grinding out these reports and grades and rankings. Soon the draft meetings will begin with the G.M., player personnel directors, scouts, coaches, trainers, and anyone else that has a vested interest in this endeavor. You will be put in the position of defending your grades, rankings, opinions and comments on each player daily. Point is, you better be prepared.

This type of activity goes on daily right up until draft day. The draft board is constantly adjusted, tweaked, rearranged and debated. Once you feel you have some sort of a grip on this thing, you then begin to build contingency plans for everything. Draft day is an incredibly fluid event that has no pat answers. It is just like game planning for a football game. You can have a fine plan that you put a lot of work into and right after kickoff the whole thing goes out the window because of an injury, the weather, the opponents surprise tactic, an officials call, you name it , the list is endless.

Once draft day finally arrives you sit in your office and from time to time the G.M. or Pro Personnel guy may call you in to ask an opinion or question. Basically you sit in you office for three straight days until the madness is over.

On Friday night when the last draft is made, you will still be in your office and you will then immediately be given a list of young men that did not get drafted. You will begin calling them trying to get them to sign with you as a free agent. Exactly like college recruiting.

Forrest Gump told everyone that would listen that his mother told him that 'life is like a box of chocolates, you just never know what you are going to get.' Brother, I can testify to that, because when those guys that you decided to draft show up, it is one surprise after another.

Well folks, there is a little glimpse into the 'offseason' of an NFL coach. I guess you have figured out by now, there ain't no offseason.

5 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Hammerhead Apr 25, 10:04 p.m.

    Don't these coaches get a ton of benefits as well? I mean, 6 figure if not 7 figure contracts,... View More

    — Posted by conmanlhughes

    That's why they get paid so much, it's a business just like anywhere else. If you don't... View More

    — Posted by Tizu

    Ever been a farmer?

  • Tizu Apr 25, 1:59 p.m.

    Don't these coaches get a ton of benefits as well? I mean, 6 figure if not 7 figure contracts,... View More

    — Posted by conmanlhughes

    That's why they get paid so much, it's a business just like anywhere else. If you don't produce, you're fired. It's not all about having a mansion or a Ferrari, they still have jobs to do. I wouldn't want to work those types of hours without much break, that's for sure! I would sacrifice for a couple of years for that kind of money, though!

  • Hokies94 Apr 24, 1:30 p.m.

    Interesting article. I didn't realize the hours they worked.

  • conmanlhughes Apr 24, 10:22 a.m.

    Don't these coaches get a ton of benefits as well? I mean, 6 figure if not 7 figure contracts, big houses, and not to mention being famous? I mean, come on, this article makes it sound like being a coach is somewhere inbetween the same fun level as a sanitation engineer and a teacher.

  • Hammerhead Apr 23, 8:30 p.m.

    You mean coaches have to work year round? Bummer.

  • CBB: Duke at St. John's

    Today at 1:30 pm on FOX50

  • NBA: Miami at Chicago

    Today at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: NC State vs. Notre Dame

    Tonight at 6:30 on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 64
TULSA 66
Final
UNC 78
FSU 74
Final
NCCU 79
COPST 77
 
Final
CHA 76
NYK 71
2:00pm Today
STJ
DUKE
 
6:30pm Tonight
NCSU
ND
 
Final
CHA 76
NYK 71
Final
MIL 101
DET 86
Final
MEM 101
PHI 83
Final
UTA 108
BRK 73
Final
POR 103
WAS 96
1:00pm Today
CHI
MIA
 
3:30pm Today
CLE
OKC
 
6:00pm Tonight
NOP
DAL
 
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
6:00pm Tonight
PHO
LAC
 
6:00pm Tonight
ATL
MIN
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
DET
 
7:00pm Tonight
SAN
MIL
 
8:00pm Tonight
GSW
BOS
 
8:00pm Tonight
DEN
WAS
 
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
 
Final
SENS 13
SENN 34
Final
DREX 53
COC 51
 
Final
XAV 89
DEP 76
Final
PURD 67
IOWA 63
Final
SCAR 43
KENT 58
Final
KYST 63
OKST 53
Final
PSU 79
RUTG 51
Final
ECU 64
TULSA 66
Final
CLEM 59
WAKE 57
Final
HC 76
NAVY 65
 
Final
FUR 82
ALLN 46
 
Final
BU 77
BUCK 92
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 81
JVU 59
 
Final
IUPUI 65
SD 50
 
Final
TENN 61
TEXAM 67
Final
VMI 85
CITA 75
 
Final
INDST 72
LOYC 61
 
Final
WMICH 69
AKR 71
 
Final
MIZZ 60
ARK 61
Final
AFA 68
BSU 77
Final
YALE 69
BRO 65
 
Final
OHIO 63
BUF 61
 
Final
HARV 61
DART 70
 
Final
NEOM 80
DEN 69
 
Final
GWU 74
DUQ 59
Final
KNST 48
FLGC 54
 
Final
UNC 78
FSU 74
Final
TEX 62
KU 75
Final
BST 52
KSU 63
 
Final
LAF 71
LEH 75
 
Final
COL 59
GHND 58
 
Final
WMARY 78
NE 62
 
Final
USCU 91
STET 67
 
Final
WVU 86
TCU 85
Final
MINN 79
ILL 71
Final
MARQ 85
GEOR 95
Final
UGST 75
LALAF 64
 
Final
MNTER 52
RFLSH 40
 
Final
MSST 66
UGA 72
Final
MARS 78
UTEP 71
Final
WKENT 83
TXSA 74
Final
CHIST 41
CALST 57
 
Final
SDU 77
BYU 74
 
Final
WINT 71
CAMP 63
 
Final
TTU 78
ISU 73
Final
HOF 63
JMU 69
 
Final
COOK 70
MDES 74
 
Final
NWST 93
MCNST 67
 
Final
SYR 62
MIAMI 66
Final
NILL 55
UMO 60
 
Final
NEB 79
MSU 77
Final
WYO 63
NMU 62
Final
CCAR 63
PBY 52
 
Final
Terriers 65
RMU 67
 
Final
BRY 66
SHU 83
 
Final
EVAN 75
SILL 66
 
Final
OREG 82
UCLA 64
Final
EILL 52
PEAY 56
 
Final
NCCU 79
COPST 77
 
Final
CMICH 65
EMICH 51
 
Final
RAD 84
LIB 76
 
Final
FD 76
LIU 80
 
Final
MNTST 64
NARZ 71
 
Final
LIP 66
UNF 75
 
Final
EWASH 102
NDAK 80
 
Final
TROY 55
ARKST 64
 
Final
TXST 58
APP 64
 
Final
CSOU 93
GWEBB 80
 
Final
LAMON 53
GSOUT 57
 
Final
ABCHRIST 61
INCWORD 77
 
Final
JVST 63
MORE 66
 
Final
CARK 61
NICST 71
 
Final
UAB 81
ODU 68
Final
SHSU 68
STEPH 79
 
Final
ALAST 84
ALCOR 60
 
Final
MTST 72
CHAR 69
Final
NCAT 52
DELST 67
 
Final
MISS 72
UF 71
Final
SMU 80
HOU 59
Final
FAM 50
HOW 59
 
Final
GRAM 63
JST 74
 
Final
VANDY 75
LSU 79
Final
SCST 63
NORST 76
 
Final
BAY 69
OKLA 58
Final
MVSU 65
PVU 72
 
Final
ARKLR 68
TXARL 75
 
Final
CHAT 81
UNCG 72
 
Final
ORST 59
USC 55
Final
SAV 68
HAMP 66
 
Final
TOL 71
BGU 67
 
Final
UCSB 68
CSFU 49
 
Final
RIDE 59
CAN 46
 
Final
CLMB 47
CORN 57
 
Final
GMAS 73
DAVID 80
Final
ELON 94
DEL 82
 
Final
WOFF 72
ETST 64
 
Final
YOUNG 77
ILLCH 64
 
Final
FRES 66
NEV 62
Final
MAST 77
NDST 71
 
Final
STJOE 52
PENN 56
Final
DAY 63
RICH 60
Final
TENNM 70
SEMIZ 53
 
Final
HIGH 72
UNCA 51
 
Final
CCST 53
WAGN 50
 
Final
SAMF 78
WCU 72
 
Final
MICH 64
WISC 69
Final
UMKC 75
SEAT 55
 
Final
NO 67
TAMCC 71
 
Final
ALAAM 58
SOUTH 65
 
Final
TXPA 73
GRCN 72
 
Final
HOUB 79
LAM 77
 
Final
RICE 45
LATU 58
Final
TULA 55
MEM 57
Final
BRAD 61
MIZST 59
 
Final
SIUE 54
MURST 60
 
Final
GONZ 91
PAC 60
Final
UNT 71
SMISS 75
Final
ORU 72
SDKST 76
 
Final
UNCW 69
TOWS 65
 
Final
UNLV 79
UTST 77
Final
COL 90
WASU 58
Final
ALA 57
AUB 55
Final
ARKPB 66
TXSOU 62
 
Final
WEBER 71
SACST 78
 
Final
MONT 58
SUTAH 56
 
Final
NMST 69
WLVRN 44
 
Final
IDST 80
PORST 76
 
Final
TENT 83
EKENT 81
 
Final
CSNO 58
LBSU 64
 
Final
USF 69
LMU 70
 
Final
IDAHO 83
NCOL 79
 
Final
COLST 79
SDST 73
Final
PORT 64
GAELS 74
 
Final
CPSL 68
UCR 49
 
Final
CAL 50
ARZ 73
Final
SCU 60
PEPP 57
 
Final
STAN 89
ARST 70
Final
HAW 72
UCI 78
 
12:00pm Today
UCONN
SFLA
 
1:00pm Today
GT
BC
 
1:00pm Today
VT
UVA
 
1:30pm Today
OSU
IND
 
2:00pm Today
UCF
CIN
 
2:00pm Today
WICHS
DRAK
 
2:00pm Today
STJ
DUKE
 
2:00pm Today
MAR
FAIR
 
2:00pm Today
HART
MAINE
 
2:00pm Today
MAN
MON
 
2:00pm Today
PRIN
ROWAN
 
2:00pm Today
SIENA
PETE
 
2:00pm Today
RIU
BONA
 
2:00pm Today
BING
USB
 
2:00pm Today
MLOWELL
VERM
 
3:00pm Today
BUT
SHU
 
3:05pm Today
SALA
YALE
 
4:00pm Today
PITT
LOU
 
4:00pm Today
ILLST
NIOWA
 
4:30pm Today
IONA
NIAG
 
4:30pm Today
GTDNS
UMBC
 
6:30pm Tonight
TENST
BEL
 
6:30pm Tonight
NCSU
ND
 
7:00pm Tonight
VILL
CREI
 
7:30pm Tonight
MD
NW
 
8:30pm Tonight
UTAH
WASH
 
5:00pm Tonight
TEAMFOLI
TEAMTOEWS
 
8:15pm Tonight
CARTER
IRVIN