Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson spent some time in the NFL as an assistant coach, including two stays with the Raiders. But it never really worked for him.
And Woodson has a theory for that. He thinks the NFL head coaches don’t want Hall of Fame players on their staff.
“They want an alpha in the room,” Woodson recently told TMZ.com. “And I’m not a real alpha where I want someone’s work. I just want to – I love talking ball. “
As a result, Woodson believes that Hall of Fame players will have more difficulty obtaining jobs as assistant coaches and, in turn, becoming head coaches. Only seven Hall of Fame members have become NFL head coaches since the merger: Bart Starr, Raymond Berry, Mike Ditka, Forrest Gregg, Art Shell, Mike Singletary and Mike Munchak. (Dick LeBeau was the Cincinnati head coach before entering the Hall of Fame; Munchak is currently the offensive line coach in Denver.)
“I think it will be more difficult for the Hall of Fame to get in and stay there, just because most coaches don’t like this respect leaving this room or area and going somewhere else,” said Woodson .
Woodson suggested that Ed Reed, who has clearly expressed his desire to become a coach, is experiencing difficulties due to his Hall of Fame status and potential alpha-male presence. It’s an interesting dynamic that deserves to be watched as Reed and other Hall of Fame members attempt to break into the profession.