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  • It's definitely an interesting concept for some team looking for veteran advice
  • Being a head coach, I think, is pretty much out of the question for Reeves
  • And, I don't think he's been away too long for his coaching philosophies to not work
  • The problem with bringing him in to run an offense, like he was trying to convince the 49ers to allow him to do, is I don't know if he can assemble the same staffs he had 6 years ago
  • But, if he's a consultant, you don't have the whole issue with being demoted and teams don't have to rely heavily on his offensive philosophy or his ability to assemble a capable offensive staff to carry it out

    • by Steve
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      So, it sounds like Dan Reeves is trying to return to the NFL after being gone for a few years. It’s definitely an interesting concept for some team looking for veteran advice. But, I would be cautious about what capacity I would bring him in at. When Reeves was fired as the Atlanta Falcons head coach a few years ago (after a season where he was without a quarterback), I was a bit surprised no other team decided to hire him right away. After all, he was a coach that took three different teams to the playoffs and two different teams to a total of four Super Bowls; three of them with the Denver Broncos.

      So the fact he remained unemployed really didn’t make a whole lot of sense; at least not 6 years ago. Now that he’s trying to come back to the league, I have to question exactly how much success he would have. Being a head coach, I think, is pretty much out of the question for Reeves. He’s been gone too long and after the very mixed success of Joe Gibbs after a


      long absence, I think he’s being smart and staying away from that.

      But, very recently, he was interviewing to be an offensive coordinator. I think that might be as big of a mistake as bringing him on as a head coach. Don’t get me wrong on this, Reeves was a heck of an offensive coach. And, I don’t think he’s been away too long for his coaching philosophies to not work.

      That’s not the problem. The problem with bringing him in to run an offense, like he was trying to convince the 49ers to allow him to do, is I don’t know if he can assemble the same staffs he had 6 years ago. A lot of his former assistants are coaching else-where. If I remember his offenses correctly, they are very complex.

      If he’s going to install it, he will need assistant coaches who understand it so they can, in turn, teach it to the players. If he has to train brand new assistant coaches who aren’t familiar with the fundamentals of his offense, it is going to make it difficult to install the offense; ...


      • at least in one season. And, in the NFL, you have to show some immediate success if you want to last. I would also have to question how willing Reeves would be to have someone other than him calling the shots on the team.

        Some head coaches can take a demotion like that in stride (Wade Phillips and Norv Turner have done that a couple of times). But, most of those coaches also haven’t been to four Super Bowls so I’m wondering how quickly he would butt heads with a first-year coach like Mike Singletary. And, let’s face it, the 49ers couldn’t survive yet another change at offensive coordinator after having to do so each of the last three years. One positive thing though.

        If he did do this and put aside his ego, he does have experience working with quarterbacks like John Elway; something that could be a plus to a lot of teams around the league; especially a team like the 49ers, which has been starved for a quarterback ever since Steve Young retired and they got rid of Jeff Garcia a few years later.

        Heck, even working with someone with as many problems as Michael Vick had in Atlanta should provide him with some inside knowledge that would be useful. If he does return to the league, I think he is smarter doing so in the capacity he’s considering now with the Dallas Cowboys; as a consultant. Reeves does have knowledge and teams would benefit from it.

        But, if he’s a consultant, you don’t have the whole issue with being demoted and teams don’t have to rely heavily on his offensive philosophy or his ability to assemble a capable offensive staff to carry it out. If Reeves really does want to return to coaching, there’s really nothing stopping him. But, he would be smart to wait another year, come back on a consultant basis and work his way back into the NFL. It’ll allow him to meet assistants and basically assemble a staff before moving on to a more prominent role.

        And, if Wade Phillips (the Cowboys coach) is smart, he will be quick to get Reeves on board in that capacity. His former boss could provide some insight that might actually turn the Cowboys into a legitimate postseason contender rather than the pretender they are now.




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