Sometimes assistant coaches move on to become position coaches.
Sometimes those position coaches go on to become coordinators or even head coaches.
And sometimes those assistant coaches can look back on the spot they came from and recognize how they were able to advance to the spots they did.
It’s happening now in New York, with the Jets getting ready to play the unbeaten Tennessee Titans.
Back in 1996, Baltimore’s offensive assistant coach was Eric Mangini. And that same year, the Ravens’ defensive assistant coach was Jim Schwartz.
Now Mangini is the head coach of the New York Jets and Schwartz is the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans and on his way to becoming a head coach.
“He’s very smart, very disciplined, well-prepared, thorough — all those things stand out about him,” Mangini said about Schwartz. “I’ve seen that over the years with his defenses. He’s able to take advantage of things that you do, tendencies that you have.
“He’s open-minded in terms of his approach to how he’s going to win the game. I was always very impressed with him when I worked with him, and he’s doing a great job now.”