From the moment they step onto the field, every NFL coach prepares for the inevitable: an NFL career.
It starts with being a head coach.
But now, just like many NFL coaches, there is no guarantee a job will come their way.
In fact, according to a study released Tuesday by the Professional Football Writers Association, only 9.5 percent of coaches in the NFL today are in a position to land a job.
This is not just a matter of not having a job or having one that you want.
The study, which surveyed nearly 2,000 coaches across three decades, found that only 15.3 percent were in a situation where they could land a head-coaching job within the next five years.
The study also found that more than a quarter of coaches were unemployed, with many saying they have not been able to find a full-time job in the past two years.
It also found nearly half of coaches surveyed were under contract at the end of the 2020 season.
While some of the coaches surveyed might be better off than they were a few years ago, it’s not an easy life for the coaches who will be tasked with leading the NFL’s teams into the future.
In the study, only 15 percent of those surveyed had a full retirement plan.
The survey found that about 6 percent of NFL coaches are in an area that they consider to be their “top three priorities” as a head coaching candidate.
This year, the NFLPA is urging NFL teams to consider “structural changes” to their coaching structures.
The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement calls for an overhaul of the structure of the NFL, which has led to coaches with long tenure and long contracts.
The union is also proposing to cut the salary cap from $65 million to $30 million.