The landscape of being a head coach for a professional sports team is changing. The traditional role of the head coach is one where the said individual has control over the team and doesn’t have to be overly concerned with job security.
Now, job security is one of the biggest concerns of a head coach.
News broke over the weekend that the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics were talking about a trade that could potentially send Celtics’ head coach Doc Rivers, along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, to the Clippers.
That is when the realization was made. The realization that head coaches are no different from the players that they are coaching.
This is a realization that Chicago fans should have made already. That realization should have came when the Chicago White Sox successfully traded manager Ozzie Guillen to the Miami Marlins.
There is a huge problem with a team’s ability to trade their head coach. The biggest issue is that it creates a sense in where the head coach may not be respected in the locker room.
One of the biggest reasons why a head coach is respected, is because of the sense of security that comes with the position. In addition, head coaches are often the spokespersons for the front office.
In sports, it is often said that there is no player that is bigger than the game itself. If that is the case, then there is no player that is bigger than their head coach.
However, the line between player and head coach is becoming blurrier with each passing day.
The reason for that is that front offices are beginning to treat head coaches the same way that they treat players. If a player isn’t performing for a period of time, the question always surfaces of whether or not the aforementioned player will be released; demoted; benched; etc.
Similarly, if the team goes through a period in which they struggle, there is always question about the head coach’s job security.
The reason for this is becoming more and more clear. The head coaches are no longer the ones calling the shots for their team. That designation lies with the players and that shouldn’t really come as a surprise. We are often taught to follow the money in sports.
The players are the ones making the most money. Meaning in this current sports landscape, this is the player’s world with the head coaches living in it.