You know what's funny Doc Diags? You probably remember Kris Richard playing for us as well as I do, and he really sucked. I guess it goes to show that you don't have to be a great player to be a great coach, because I was bummed when they hired him as a coach. I thought the guys wouldn't respect him since many had played with him and beat him out on the practice field, but he seems to be a terrific coach and did a great job at USC as well. He has turned from a player to a soon to be highly sought after coach in a very short period of time. Much like Mel Tucker who wasn't playing all that long ago and is up for a ton of head coaching jobs now.
I think our coaching staff is very interesting. At DB coach we have Richard who was just not a very good pro player, but at LB coach we have Ken Norton, who was probably one of the top 20 LB's to play in the last 10-15-ish years. Just goes to show you that a coach is just somebody who communicates technique and understanding and helps others reach their best. It doesn't matter if you were a good or "bad" (and I use the term bad loosely, because the fact that Richard made the NFL says he is one of the top 1% of athletes on earth), all that matters is that you can get the important stuff across to the players. So good on Kris. He's done really well and I'm proud to see him back with the Hawks and doing such a terrific job. It probably feels like some really strong redemption for him.
R.I.P. Dad. I miss you. You will never be forgotten
1/12/39 - 8/7/08