Football - The Coaches' Journal


Chantel Jennings | ESPN

The Process of Starting Over

More than 30 years ago, from a program with no scholarships, a torn up field, and an aged locker room, Chris Petersen learned the process.

Pete Thamel | Yahoo Sports

Full Education

Thanks to his parents, Kirby Smart has had a lifetime to prepare for coaching stardom. Thanks to Nick Saban, he just might be ready for it.

Jon Solomon | CBS Sports

Dabo’s Lost Years

Dabo Swinney has brought Clemson back from college football's purgatory. And to think, he came excruciatingly close at one point to never coaching again.

Brandon Sneed | Bleacher Report

Before the Hoodie

Bill Belichick's love for football began as a young boy in a dark room with a projector. Before long, the game had him.

Joseph Hoyt | Ames Tribune

How Matt Campbell Found His Process

The process has become synonymous with Matt Campbell’s coaching career. It’s a lifestyle he discovered in northeast Ohio and now a religion he’s preaching at Iowa State.

Brandon Sneed | Bleacher Report

I’m Not the Lone Wolf

Chasing Ambien with beer to sleep. Forty-pound weight loss. Chest pains. To stay in football, Urban Meyer had to address his mental health.

Nick Wagoner | ESPN

Of Will Ferrell, Jerry Rice, and Drake

As a first-year head coach, Kyle Shanahan leaned on big names from the past and present to rebuild the 49ers culture.

Dan Pompei | Bleacher Report

The Legacy of Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher doesn’t need to be confronted with his failures. He knows them better than anyone. He’s looked in the mirror and come to terms with where he’s been and where he’s headed.

B.J. Kissel | Kansas City Chiefs

The Life and Career of Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson’s decision to play college football 2,500 miles away from home started a trend of risk-reward decisions in which he was betting on himself.

Mirin Fader | Bleacher Report

The Mad Scientist of the NFL

He's the coach of the year, but he's got something to prove. He's a quarterback fixer, but they're growing up together. Sean McVay is a perfectionist in pursuit.

Ben Goessling | ESPN

Tough Love

The son of a coach, Mike Zimmer’s football education began on the fields of suburban Chicago before working under Bill Parcells.

Tim Rohan | Sports Illustrated

Belichick’s Rocket Scientist

How an aeronautical engineering grad from noted football hotbed Rensselaer Polytechnic became Bill Belichick’s right-hand man.