When Joey Porter was an NFL linebacker, he had a reputation as a hothead and a loudmouth. But now that Porter is NFL assistant coach in Pittsburgh, he may be something else: A head coach in waiting.
Larry Foote, a former teammate of Porter’s in Pittsburgh who signed with Arizona this offseason, told ESPN that Porter has everything players like in a coach.
“I think he’s going to be a head coach in this league one day,” Foote said. “I think he has that ‘it’ factor to be a head coach if he stays the course. He has an enthusiasm and excitement that you can’t teach, you can’t develop, you’ve just got to be born with it and I’m excited. Hopefully he grows from the coaching side, X’s and O’s, organization and stuff like that. But shoot, he’s on the fast track because he can lead men, he can get men to run through a wall.”
Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones says Porter fires up the players for practice the same way he used to get fired up himself in games.
“He brings it every day like he’s a player and guys respect that,” Jones said. “When the linebackers hit the field you can see the energy and positivity and that’s what we need and that’s how we’re going to continue to get better.”
If Porter continues to get better as a coach, a head-coaching job may be in his future.