Darrell Green not interested in coaching Redskins

Brian Tinsman
January 06, 2019 - 11:20 pm
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If the Washington Redskins are looking to shake up the defensive coaching staff this offseason, they won't be adding at least one legendary name to the list.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green was asked for the umpteenth time on Friday if he would ever consider coming back to an NFL sideline on a full-time basis.

He didn't necessarily say why, but the answer was an emphatic no, for this or any other NFL job:

It's worth noting that Green only ruled out being a position coach in the NFL, but it's safe to wonder if that might apply more broadly.

There aren't many players, especially great ones, that make the jump to NFL coaching after their playing days are over. Coaching is a grueling job that requires long hours away from family, a steep pay cut, almost none of the glory of success, and an unhealthy obsession with details.

Simply put, Green doesn't need that.

He still lives in the area and has been heavily involved with collegiate athletics George Mason University since 2016 and Mary Washington before that. In a video interview from November, he explicitly states that coaching is not in his plans, saying: "It's been fun because I wasn't a guy that wanted to be in coaching." It doesn't get much clearer than that.

Green has a variety of other talents and interests that go far beyond the football field. He has nothing else to prove on the gridiron and you can't fault him for that.

Over the last 15-20 years, much of the Redskins' appeal has been tied to legacy and nostalgia, as the modern rosters have failed to measure up to the past. The Redskins legends who have returned in an official capacity, including Joe Gibbs and Doug Williams, have risked tarnishing their reputations by not measuring up to their previous success and by getting bogged down in the current administration.

With all of that in mind, perhaps it's time to stop trying to convince legendary players to be something that they don't want to be.

 

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