Just as most CEOs do not set appointments for their sales teams, and Generals are not leading the charge, most NFL head coaches do not call plays. CEOs relay on their marketing and sales executives to manage their teams and head coaches typically delegate play calling duties to their offensive and defensive coordinators. The head coach is able to have a much better grasp of the game management scenarios when he is not a play caller. He can be much more aware of decisions to be made regarding penalties, field goals or punts, going for the first down or fourth down, timeout utilization, two minute, and a much better awareness of the overall effectiveness of both the offense and defense and special teams. The same can be said of most organization leaders, they are most effective when they are managing the entire team strategy and not caught up in the minute details.
Most head coaches are promoted to a head coaching position after spending years as an offensive or defensive coordinator. They were most certainly play callers in their coordinator’s role. They likely had great success which catapulted them into the position of head coach. The same can be said of CEO, Generals, and anyone who has reached the pinnacle of their careers. Most have spent years learning, improvising, and honing their teamwork skills to lead the entire team.
Game Day is the most exciting, exhilarating, rewarding and fun part of coaching. This is especially true if you are the play caller. It is a human chess match between you and the opposing play caller.
You as the play caller have the most influence on the game’s outcome next to the players on the field themselves. That is what makes the game so stressful and thrilling at the same time. It is also the reason some head coaches continue to call plays. Why do some head coaches call plays? Because it’s FUN!