What does a GM look for when making a coaching hire?

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday January 10, 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 10, 2013

Different teams need different leaders.

With a few NFL head coaching jobs being filled and a number still open, the organizations don't just need to hire the most-accomplished coach, but the best fit.

But how do you determine? the best fit? Former Denver Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist joined The Tim Brando Show to discuss what GMs look for when hiring a new head coach.

"It really depends upon your organization. How it's already set up," he said. "Are there already strength points within the organization that will help maybe a younger coach, a guy who doesn't have the experience to go forward? What I mean by that is certainly an experienced general manager, probably an owner who has been in the league for a number of years and understands that there's a patience level you have to show with a young coach.

"Maybe the makeup of your roster. Do you have a veteran team? Do you have a younger team that has already been drafted that might relate to a younger coach a little bit better? And then, the flip side would be do you bring in a coach with experience? Like Kansas City did with Andy Reid. There, you've got an organization that spent the last couple of years trying to draft well, trying to get younger players, and for whatever reason was just not responding to the message that was being sent by the front office and the head coach.

"In the case of Clark Hunt, I think what he saw was, 'I've got a pretty good talent base right now, but what I need I a guy who has been there before and knows the right buttons to push and when to push them.' I think that's what led Clark to select a veteran coach."

You can listen to the interview by clicking here.








Chris Vannini is the lead writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered Michigan State sports for The State News, The Oakland Press and MLive.com. He writes a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press on behalf of SB Nation. Vannini lives in Big Ten country, so his foot speed is far from SEC caliber, but his pulse on coaches is hard to match. Be sure to follow @CoachingBuzz on twitter and send your feedback to chris@coachingsearch.com

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.

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