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When it comes to females in coaching, the college game

Postby linchao » Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:58 am

After a rookie campaign that saw Baker Mayfield set an NFL record for most touchdown passes by a rookie , Cleveland Browns General Manager John Dorsey is eager to see what Mayfield will be able to accomplish in 2019.鈥淗e鈥檚 mature beyond his age group and I鈥檓 just happy he鈥檚 a member of the Cleveland Browns organization and I can鈥檛 wait to see what he does next year,鈥欌€?Dorsey said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the .Dorsey made Mayfield the No.1 overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft. Mayfield responded by showing the potential of becoming the Browns’ first legitimate franchise quarterback since the NFL returned to Cleveland in 1999.After sitting out the first two games in favor of Tyrod Taylor, Mayfield took over as starting quarterback for the final 13 games of the season. Mayfield’s 27 touchdown passes by a rookie broke the record of 26 shared by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson. Additionally, it’s the fifth most touchdown passes in Browns’ franchise history and second most since the team returned to Cleveland. Only Derek Anderson‘s 29 touchdowns in 2007 surpassed Mayfield’s 2018 season.Finding a franchise quarterback is perhaps the single most vital task a G.M. without such a player will have to undertake. The Browns haven’t truly had one since before the first iteration of the team left for Baltimore after the 1995 season. Either Vinny Testaverde or Bernie Kosar would be considered the last truly capable player to hold the position down for multiple seasons in Cleveland. And yet, neither of them ever threw 27 touchdowns in a season for the Browns either.Mayfield’s rookie season has given Dorsey every reason to believe he made the correct decision in selecting him with the top pick in last year’s draft.鈥淚 like everything about his makeup ,” Dorsey said. “I like how his teammates really rally behind him, I like his eyes downfield, I like his accuracy with his deep throws, I like how he shows that fighter鈥檚 spirit when it comes time to come back, he鈥檚 fighting through to come back and I applaud those things. He鈥檚 dynamite (in the red zone), he鈥檚 very good.” On Wednesday , Browns G.M. John Dorsey listed three important factors for the team’s next head coach:聽“I would like to see a man of character. I would like to see a man who can lead young men. I would like to see a man who has high football acumen.”He actually may not necessarily be looking for a man.Asked specifically whether age will be a factor in the search, Dorsey said this: 聽鈥淚 just want the best possible head coach to move this thing forward regardless of age. It could be a woman, too. Do not look at me like that. I am serious. Who knows? We will look at everything is what I am trying to tell you all.鈥漁n one hand, it’s great that Dorsey would publicly articulate a move that not long ago would have been inconceivable. But females are making inroads when it comes to coaching and officiating and in time (maybe a long time, but still in time) there will be enough female assistant coaches to necessarily result in one developing the skills and demonstrating the abilities necessary to run a team of her own.When it comes to females in coaching, the college game will be an important proving ground. Given the NCAA’s abysmal record when it comes to minority hiring , however, it could be too much to expect the college game to give opportunities to deserving female candidates.The Browns undoubtedly won’t be hiring a female during this cycle. Whether he intended it or not, however, Dorsey’s willingness to acknowledge the possibility could get more teams to think about hiring female assistant coaches — and it could inspire more females to get into football coaching.There’s another factor to consider in this regard. From Kim Pegula in Buffalo to Dee Haslam in Cleveland to Amy Adams Strunk in Tennessee to Martha Firestone Ford in Detroit to Gayle Benson in New Orleans to, possibly in the future, Carlie Irsay-Gordon in Indianapolis to Brittany Bowlen in Denver to Jody Allen in Seattle , a growing number of NFL teams have female owners or co-owners. And if a female can own an NFL team, why can’t a female coach an NFL team?

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