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Continued: LaMonte is agent to the NFL coaching stars

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 12, 2014 - 12:43 AM

In his book, “Winning the NFL Way: Leadership Lessons from Football’s Top Head Coaches,” LaMonte wrote his favorite line when it comes to explaining what he focuses on during the several weeks it takes to train young assistants for their head coaching interviews.

“It’s not the X’s and O’s, it’s the CEOs,” said LaMonte, repeating the line from his book. “Teams are hiring someone who is going to run a multi-million dollar operation. We concentrate on the ability to show leadership and demonstrate that you can manage an entire organization.”

LaMonte’s clients are known for being painstakingly detailed. A prime example was Mike Sherman, who walked into his interview with the Packers with a huge binder filled with every possible detail, including an hour-by-hour schedule for each of the next 52 weeks.

Exhausting process

When McCoy was the hot assistant a year ago, he was allowed, per NFL rules, to interview with four teams for only four hours apiece during the Broncos’ playoff bye week. Also per NFL rules, the Broncos were able to dictate where and when those interviews took place.

“The Broncos said it could happen the Saturday and Sunday of the playoff bye week, and they had to take place in Denver,” LaMonte said. “So we had four owner’s jets at a private air strip in Denver.”

McCoy was put up in a nearby hotel room and was scheduled to meet with the Eagles, Bears, Cardinals and Bills over two days.

“People just don’t realize how hard these interviews are,” LaMonte said. “They can be 10, 12 hours if they’re out of the playoffs and four if they’re still in the playoffs. But remember, if they’re still in the playoffs, they’re also getting ready for a game at the same time.”

In McCoy’s case, he made it through two of his four scheduled interviews and then told LaMonte he could do only one more the following day. The Bills flew home without an interview.

Meanwhile, the Chargers weren’t in the picture at that point because Telesco hadn’t been hired. Days after LaMonte hammered out Telesco’s deal, Telesco was in a jet in Denver waiting to take McCoy back to San Diego if the Broncos were upset in the divisional round, which they were, in double overtime by the Ravens.

LaMonte enjoys cultivating the next generation of head coaches, but that doesn’t mean he has enjoyed seeing 83 coaching changes — an average of six per year — since 2000.

“I would call it completely nuts,” LaMonte said. “I mean not even close. Nuts. It’s real simple. What I would say is patience is no longer a virtue.”

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