What Is The Job Of A Quality Control Coach?

It was announced earlier on Wednesday that the Pittsburgh Steelers had hired Shaun Sarrett as their new offensive quality control coach to replace Harold Goodwin, who left to become the new offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts several weeks ago. Since that news was announced I have received quite a few questions as to what the job is of the offensive quality control coach.

Jeff Legwold from The Denver Post did a great job answering this question over a year ago. Basically a quality control coach is an assistant to the position coaches. For the Steelers that would mean he would answer to Sean Kugler, Randy Fichtner, Scottie Montgomery, James Daniel and hopefully Kirby Wilson, when he is ready to return to work.

As Legwold wrote, offensive quality control coaches do have some on-field duties during practices and often they work with one or more position coaches to gain the needed experience to help him prepare to become position coaches themselves. The root of their job though, as Legwold clarifies, is based in the overall game preparation department. They usually work a few weeks ahead in the regular season preparing statistical analysis and doing the initial video analysis of the teams upcoming opponents. That would mean that they are in charge of charting past games of their future opponents and noting situations and personnel used.

Sounds like a great job.

  • Joe D

    I saw a show (don’t know what) where Fox when he was HC in Carolina… had all the game film of all NFL teams on comuter for I think 3 years worth.
    It studied the teams tendency based on down and yards…
    so, he can tap in a team… dial in 3rd and 5-10 yds to go… and see ALL the plays they ran over the past 3 years of an opponent to determine tendancies!!!
    It was awesome stuff… he was ahead of anyone else in the NFL regarding using technology to study the opponent.

  • Steelerz357

    Not to disagree that Fox was smart – but I think Bill Bellicheat was a little ahead of him – and used live video in game. Funny, NE has not won the big one since Cheatgate though despite being in what I call the AFC Least (Buffalo, Miami, Jets) – Ok, sorry, just saw an oppotunity to slam NE, not slamming you like James Harrison hitting a runaway fan – It was justified !

  • Intropy

    They should hire a guy whose job is to handle clock management.

  • SteelersDepot

    David & I have ran that into the ground on the podcast. Need a guy from MIT! lol

  • Scotty2hotty

    sounds like a job virgins have