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The Cardinals made significant waves at the outset of the season, hiring Jenn Welter to serve as a training-camp assistant coach, working with inside linebackers. When camp ended, so did Welter’s assignment. The Bills are now taking the next step in the evolution of female football coaches.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Bills have hired Kathryn Smith to serve as a special teams quality control coach. She becomes the first full-time female assistant coach in NFL history.

The position was made official with the league office on Tuesday, and the Bills have not yet issued a formal announcement of the move.

Smith worked as the administrative assistant to coach Rex Ryan in 2015, a position she also held during Ryan’s final year with the Jets. Before that, she spent seven years as a player personnel assistant with the Jets. Previously, she was a game day/special events intern and a college scouting intern.

While it’s a low-level coaching assignment, it’s still a coaching assignment, and it gives her an opportunity to continue to develop and to grow, and eventually to possibly become a position coach or special-teams coordinator.

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  1. skawh says: Jan 20, 2016 7:51 PM

    Good for the Bills!

  2. brendafortheboyz says: Jan 20, 2016 7:52 PM

    Great!!! It’s about time:)

  3. leroysbutler says: Jan 20, 2016 7:52 PM

    What do her feet look like?

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 20, 2016 7:53 PM

    Good for them.

  5. henryjones20 says: Jan 20, 2016 7:55 PM

    Nothing against female coaches coming from me,but for the love of god Rex!! Stop bringing former Jets coaches and players here!!! Your so called friends are gonna get you fired. 5-11 next year if you bring one more ex Jet over here.

  6. nhpats says: Jan 20, 2016 7:56 PM

    Maybe they can hire a female QB too. It couldn’t hurt

  7. whynotjustadmitit says: Jan 20, 2016 7:56 PM

    Rex: “Take your sandles off”
    *looks down*
    “You’re hired”

  8. shlort says: Jan 20, 2016 7:57 PM

    New Rooney type rule coming? Teams will be forced to interview a woman for vacant coaching positions?

    And why the “About time” comment? Are there a lot of female football coaches in college that are not getting a bump up to the bigs?

  9. baller2 says: Jan 20, 2016 7:57 PM

    she was a secretary and now she’s a coach?

  10. kissbillsrings says: Jan 20, 2016 7:58 PM

    I figured that out when Rob Ryan was hired

  11. neutronjimmy123 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:00 PM

    Kudos to the bills

  12. jrclark1978 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:04 PM

    The Rob Ryan hiring was announced last week ???

  13. touchdownelvis says: Jan 20, 2016 8:04 PM

    I’m actually going to skip the jokes on this one, and wish her great success (at least when the Bills aren’t playing the Pats) – those entry-level coaching roles are as thankless as they are hard to break into, and clearly she’s been serving a long enough apprenticeship around the Jets, going back to the time before Rex Ryan.

  14. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 20, 2016 8:06 PM

    whynotjustadmitit says:
    Jan 20, 2016 7:56 PM

    Rex: “Take your sandles off”
    *looks down*
    “You’re hired”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  15. tooz72 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:06 PM

    in Rex’s world, the jokes write themselves, #billswillneverwin

  16. dickshotdogs says: Jan 20, 2016 8:07 PM

    That’s it! The missing piece! Yay!!!

  17. jackdaniels1 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:09 PM

    It must be Nick Mangold’s sister

  18. wwwmattcom says: Jan 20, 2016 8:10 PM

    She is going to play QB when the Bills prep for the Pats. She will even wear Uggs into practice.

  19. general47 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:12 PM

    who needs chearleaders now folks – just keep your eyes on the sidelines

  20. sansbushman says: Jan 20, 2016 8:12 PM

    Rex: Jenn, would you take off your shoes?

  21. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 20, 2016 8:12 PM

    This will work well for a Rex Ryan team.

  22. rufustfirefly1303 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:14 PM

    Shes the sandwich quality control coach

  23. flexx91 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:15 PM

    Wish her well but hell… How does a woman coach tell a player he’s too soft?

  24. intrafinesse says: Jan 20, 2016 8:19 PM

    What are the responsibilities of a “special teams quality control coach”?
    If she never played pro or college football (with tacking, pads, etc) then how is she better qualified than other potential special teams coaches?

    If she can do the job (whatever this job is) then fine.

  25. scoops1 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:22 PM

    HBO has to be foaming at the mouth wanting the bills for Hard Knocks

  26. cinvis says: Jan 20, 2016 8:22 PM

    Token… Is she allowed in the locker rooms with the guys?

  27. ricko1112 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:24 PM

    Someone needs to make the sandwiches!

  28. cowboyfan45 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:27 PM

    Obviously she has great feet, we all know how much Rex Ryan likes nice feet!!

  29. imodan says: Jan 20, 2016 8:27 PM

    wwwmattcom says:
    Jan 20, 2016 8:10 PM

    She is going to play QB when the Bills prep for the Pats. She will even wear Uggs into practice.
    ——————————————————–
    And like Brady she will embarrass the entire Bills organization by moving the ball downfield at ease.

  30. steventimm says: Jan 20, 2016 8:29 PM

    I’m sure she is the most qualified candidate for the position and the fact she is a woman had nothing to do with the hiring decision.

  31. moerawn says: Jan 20, 2016 8:29 PM

    Why did they need a girl coach? Best candidate? Doubt it.

  32. tubbman27 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:32 PM

    Oh shut up nerds. She has as much experience as you guys do. Good for her and the Bills.

  33. rogergoodellisatwat says: Jan 20, 2016 8:33 PM

    Special teams quality control coach? I’m happy to see women getting coaching jobs but that seems like a made up position.

  34. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:37 PM

    Usually this a position for a coaches flunky son.

  35. thejuddstir says: Jan 20, 2016 8:37 PM

    Following Wrecks around for that many years smells of something more than “dirty feet.”

  36. 12strikes2 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:38 PM

    As soon as the game starts, she is going to want the other coaches to do chores around the house.

  37. pftbro says: Jan 20, 2016 8:38 PM

    Will she be teaching long snapping?

  38. thommillermd says: Jan 20, 2016 8:42 PM

    “While it’s a low-level coaching assignment, it’s still a coaching assignment, and it gives her an opportunity to continue to develop and to grow, and eventually to possibly become a position coach or special-teams coordinator.”

    Because that’s the best a woman should hope for?

  39. kd75 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:45 PM

    Looking at her work history, she is being groomed for a very high position in the organization.

    Working a little in every dept. Getting a feel for the whole operation.

    She’ll be running that whole show in a few years.

  40. td40 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:45 PM

    Sounds like some guys here still think it’s the 1950s.

  41. 4sacroc says: Jan 20, 2016 8:46 PM

    Rex can play with her feet.

  42. thedoctlc says: Jan 20, 2016 8:46 PM

    “Way to get your foot in my door, Kat.”
    -Sexy Rexy

  43. damadhatterb says: Jan 20, 2016 8:57 PM

    Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  44. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:58 PM

    “Special teams quality control coach? I’m happy to see women getting coaching jobs but that seems like a made up position.”

    I would think it probably has to do with analyzing data on special teams player performance.

  45. weepingjebus says: Jan 20, 2016 8:58 PM

    Rex is like one of those guys that asks to sleep on your couch for a few days, and before you know it he has 3rd cousins bunked in the garage and the bouncers from the local biker bar are playing cards with him on a makeshift pool table in the living room. He’s a walking 80s college movie.

  46. jerry944 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:59 PM

    I dont understand the “about time”..i dont know the exact number but i would bet 99% of all level coaches in the nfl played football in high school..playing the game teaches you the skills to coach the game and there is only a handful of girls playing high school football

  47. jhorton83 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:59 PM

    She must have great feet. I imagine that’s one of the first screenings during the Rex Ryan hiring process.

  48. winged warrior says: Jan 20, 2016 9:02 PM

    it’s not your father’s nfl anymore , that’s for sure

  49. canadianbillsfan says: Jan 20, 2016 9:02 PM

    Wish her well but hell… How does a woman coach tell a player he’s too soft?
    ___________________________

    By grabbing him by the facemask, bringing him down to her eye level and telling him to man the F up. Just like any other coach.

  50. pinkmist4 says: Jan 20, 2016 9:03 PM

    Nice to see that no self-righteous “rule” was required. Looks like she was a Davis Rule hire….

  51. igornathanhiggers says: Jan 20, 2016 9:14 PM

    Rooney, Mara, and Kraft are furious at the thought they weren’t the first to pioneer this cause…they’re currently searching for minority female candidates as we speak.

  52. Big Ant TV says: Jan 20, 2016 9:16 PM

    IF REX AND ROB GET CANNED NEXT YEAR AND SHE IS RETAINED TOO GET THE HC JOB
    then it would be landmark day for women in pro sports worldwide

  53. flexx91 says: Jan 20, 2016 9:18 PM

    Yeah right. And you are foolish to believe a player won’t have an issue with a woman grabbing him by the face mask telling him to man-up….

  54. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jan 20, 2016 9:19 PM

    Side show Rex

  55. ahs2 says: Jan 20, 2016 9:21 PM

    In response to this out-of-the-box thinking, none of the other 31 teams looked at their adminstrative assisants to fill coaching jobs, citing that that’s idiotic!!

  56. Unchained81 says: Jan 20, 2016 9:23 PM

    Oh that’s right, it’s 2016. Gotta make sure we play the PC game! smh

  57. randomcommenter says: Jan 20, 2016 9:26 PM

    Everyone will cheer this move while at that same time nobody thinks she is the best persons or even really qualified for the job. Hooray progress!

  58. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 20, 2016 9:37 PM

    she got her foot in the door

  59. eoyguy says: Jan 20, 2016 9:52 PM

    I’m all for equal pay, treatment,etc..but it has to be based on qualifications as well. I refuse to believe that any Division I,IIor III college coach, or high school coach for that matter, wouldn’t be more qualified for that position. So how many thousands of men would that be before we get down to a former administrative assistant? BTW, in case you aren’t aware, administrative assistants were at one time called secretaries…

  60. guadalahonky says: Jan 20, 2016 9:52 PM

    I, for one, support Rob Ryan’s struggle to live, openly, as a terrible defensive coordinator.

  61. rcali says: Jan 20, 2016 9:56 PM

    Congrats Bills on your upcoming ESPY!

  62. willowy2k says: Jan 20, 2016 9:58 PM

    Let’s see where political correctness gets bills

  63. thisisastupidusername says: Jan 20, 2016 9:59 PM

    Can’t wait to hear what Bill Burr has to say about this.

  64. txndave says: Jan 20, 2016 10:00 PM

    First Rob now this??
    Lol

  65. culturalelitist says: Jan 20, 2016 10:08 PM

    How long before Richie Incognito says/does something inappropriate around her?

  66. witchrunner says: Jan 20, 2016 10:09 PM

    Special teams quality control coach? What the heck is that?

    I’m all for equality, but…

    A bunch of testosterone laden guys and one female. Do the players have to completely change to be PC and avoid sexual harassment charges.

  67. byrnestj7 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:11 PM

    Ashamed by some of the jokes in here. This is a great accomplishment and I’m happy for her. Hope she does a great job

  68. somethinghappeninghere says: Jan 20, 2016 10:14 PM

    Considering the Cardinals have sucked since Kurt Warner left until last year (that is, 2009 until 2014) and then they hire a female assistant coach, and suddenly this team is a legit Supe contender? Really? We know the NFL is rigged, but just how PC do we have to get? Prediction: the NFL rigs it so the Bills suddenly become Supe contenders (it’ll be hard to beat out the Pats, aka the Cheats, but with this possibly coming true, every NFL team will force themselves to hire a woman coach if they want to make playoffs.

    Don’t mind women in the NFL…it’s political correctness I can’t stand.

    BTW, thrilled the Redskins made playoffs this year! Take that, PC Principles!

  69. wbear2013 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:21 PM

    What a Joke, I’m sure there is a shortage of qualified male coaches who actually have experience playing the game at the college or pro level. This PC/Diversity crap has gone way to far!

  70. avlockdown says: Jan 20, 2016 10:25 PM

    Well, she looks like a football coach, that’s for sure!

  71. dexx57 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:26 PM

    VERY sJW of them but she is already a better coach than Rob Ryan

  72. jkapps3 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:31 PM

    wait a minute…I thought they confused special teams with defensive coordinator and were referring to Rob Ryan in the headline.

  73. PriorKnowledge says: Jan 20, 2016 10:31 PM

    How does a woman coach tell a player he is too soft?

    As in the movie Big Hero 6 she yells at him to, “Woman up!”

  74. armchairqb says: Jan 20, 2016 10:33 PM

    /Howls of derisive laughter

  75. armchairqb says: Jan 20, 2016 10:35 PM

    “Smith worked as the administrative assistant to coach Rex Ryan in 2015, a position she also held during Ryan’s final year with the Jets. Before that, she spent seven years as a player personnel assistant with the Jets.”

    So … they promoted a secretary to a coach? That’s just stupid.

  76. riverhorsey says: Jan 20, 2016 10:38 PM

    Quality control coach, what does a quality control coach do ??

  77. Bonerz'NPudz says: Jan 20, 2016 10:40 PM

    Sweet… now let’s not start some big hoo-rah about it. The more we do that, the more we actually single out the minority groups. Just go with the flow…

  78. doggz109 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:41 PM

    Quality control coaches basically watch hours and hours of film….and do stats to show what percent of time teams do certain plays, formations, tendencies, etc. They write reports and meet with the other coaches to develop game plans. She is likely more than qualified for this position. Good for her.

  79. brianh992 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:46 PM

    Circus

  80. 81megatron81 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:47 PM

    Why is this news?!?! It’s 2016 for goodness sake…

  81. gottaplan says: Jan 20, 2016 10:49 PM

    LOL… The NFL doomsdayers have been saying that the end of football is near with the rule changes, concussions, etc. , I never bought into that. This is the first real sign that those predictions are not so far off. C’mon man! Sorry, but this is a man’s sport. No way whatsoever this works in the Bills favor.

  82. jazz11001 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:50 PM

    Setting the bar low eh? She is learning and mastering each of these assignments. She is learning all the nuts and bolts of a PROFESSIONAL football team operation. She sounds dedicated as heck and I can see no logical reason as to why she couldn’t be head coach. The league has hired worse and they were of course dudes.

    Be that what it may, if you can coach and coach well, then you can have any job on the team including the head coach position. Guy or girl.

    Think of what character and poise the first female head coach will most likely project. The Iron Maiden has arrived… call Hollywood now I want in on the script…

  83. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:54 PM

    Welter was a player on both women’s outdoor and men’s arena football teams before she started coaching. That got respect from Cardinals players because she had perspective they could relate (Welter played mostly fullback and coached the Cards linebackers – positions that often face each other in battle).

    Depending on what Rex wants Smith to do, a “quality control coach” doesn’t sound like much responsibility as far as working with players, plays, and game decisions.

  84. smarterfootball says: Jan 20, 2016 10:55 PM

    intrafinesse

    Playing football doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t be a good coach. Some of footballs best mines never played ball in college.
    It is a little interesting that she essentially has no coaching experience OR playing experience. They must really be impressed with what she has done as a personal or administrator.

  85. dizil3 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:58 PM

    Is it smart to hire a male cheerleader who has never been a cheerleader to tell professional cheerleaders how to be a better cheerleader??.. I don’t think so…just sayin

  86. dizil3 says: Jan 20, 2016 11:01 PM

    I mean office assistant.

  87. only1ringhawkslol says: Jan 20, 2016 11:05 PM

    Yup… cuz when it’s MAN TIME I really want to hear a woman’s voice. Maybe they should hire a 10 year old coach as well.

  88. ecniner says: Jan 20, 2016 11:11 PM

    Congrats. Unfortunately, she needs to look and Rex and his brother all day… Who would want that? Haha

  89. Chris says: Jan 20, 2016 11:11 PM

    Best of luck Rob.

  90. packerssuckcheese says: Jan 20, 2016 11:12 PM

    Rex is fantastic,

    Hires his brother
    Now hires a female assistant

    What next? He will bring a Bison to be the next mascot for all home games?

  91. hrmlss says: Jan 20, 2016 11:26 PM

    Awesome! The Vikings would never be so bold.

  92. natijim235 says: Jan 20, 2016 11:35 PM

    Rexy says her feet are sexy

  93. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Jan 20, 2016 11:37 PM

    Came here for the feet jokes. Not disappointed. Also: congratulations to Coach Smith.

  94. bigwalt2990 says: Jan 20, 2016 11:37 PM

    Women should be clamoring for a Rooney-type rule…..I mean, if you’re going to make superficial rules based on skin color, why not gender as well…Go 100% progressives or don’t do it at all…

  95. carloswlassiter says: Jan 20, 2016 11:38 PM

    This would feel like a more significant thing if the hire was not made by a guy who loooooves the media spotlight.

  96. truecowboyfan says: Jan 21, 2016 12:00 AM

    Que the Sexual Harassment charge if she get fired in the next couple years.

  97. dohczeppelin says: Jan 21, 2016 12:06 AM

    Cool! Certainly can’t make the special teams any worse… they were absolutely awful this year.

  98. followme2boston says: Jan 21, 2016 12:06 AM

    That is a lot of feet jokes.

  99. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:13 AM

    I think it is great that the Bills hired a woman for an assistant coach position. This helps to break down the gender barrier. I love to see females advance in sports. Kudos to the Bills.

  100. megnailsit says: Jan 21, 2016 1:10 AM

    This will change everything!! 😂🙏🏾🔫

  101. catquick says: Jan 21, 2016 1:15 AM

    You guys with the “feet” jokes need to get out of the house once in a while. It’s as played out as parachute pants. At least try to be original. You just sound stupid.

  102. deacon85 says: Jan 21, 2016 1:24 AM

    Can we get Wes Welker’s thoughts?

  103. tue54368 says: Jan 21, 2016 1:26 AM

    The real barrier that was broken in coaching this year was the Philadelphia Eagles hiring the future 3 time super bowl champion Doug Pederson. It’s hard to even call this news.

  104. I'm Judgemental says: Jan 21, 2016 1:58 AM

    “baller2 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 7:57 PM
    she was a secretary and now she’s a coach?”

    7 years as a player personnel assistant and a college scouting intern. Sounds way more qualified than you.

  105. billsthicknthin says: Jan 21, 2016 2:02 AM

    Another headline for the Bills that has nothing to do with winning and/or making the playoffs with the most talented roster we’ve had in 20 years. I’m happy for her, but tired of every one of our hires coming from the Jets. The same Jets that Rex coached to 4-12 last year that went 10-6 this year. Our defense which was ranked 4th last year in scoring and yards allowed under Jim Schwartz and didn’t lose any pieces (3 of which were pro-bowlers plus we also added a strong candidate for DROY) finished 15th and 19th in those categories this year. We also had the softest out of division schedule that we’ll ever see (NFC East & AFC South). The Bills defense should have been top 3 EASY. I can’t wait for the Bills to be selected for Hard Knocks for more headlines that have nothing to do with winning… and trust me, the Bills will be the favorites for Hard Knocks (last year they weren’t eligible because they had a new coach)… Book it.

  106. jimmysee says: Jan 21, 2016 2:24 AM

    Waytogo Bills!

    Great opportunity.

  107. stipez says: Jan 21, 2016 5:58 AM

    Even special teams needs coffee.

    Just kidding. There are many things at which women are better than men, and a mixed perspective is often best, but I’m not sure football is one of those things.

    That said, do ’em proud

  108. i10east says: Jan 21, 2016 6:33 AM

    LOL all of the foot fetish jokes

  109. dumbpollack says: Jan 21, 2016 6:36 AM

    I bet she has GREAT feet

  110. nbptma1 says: Jan 21, 2016 6:44 AM

    And the Bills continue to be the laughing stock of the NFL.

    This is football for crying out loud, not the Huffington Post!

  111. randygnyc says: Jan 21, 2016 7:06 AM

    Quality control coach? Admit it, she’s in charge of laundry inspection and oversees crafts services.

  112. Unchained81 says: Jan 21, 2016 7:32 AM

    canadianbillsfan
    Jan 20, 2016, 9:02 PM EST
    Wish her well but hell… How does a woman coach tell a player he’s too soft?
    ___________________________

    By grabbing him by the facemask, bringing him down to her eye level and telling him to man the F up. Just like any other coach.
    —————————-

    And that’s when the player starts laughing. This hire is ridiculous.

  113. ezcheese says: Jan 21, 2016 7:40 AM

    So what?!? Sometimes I feel that certain groups are held back because our pre-conceived notions hold them back. If we stop making a big deal about things like this it’ll become more commonplace… my two cents…

  114. unclebluck says: Jan 21, 2016 8:00 AM

    canadianbillsfan says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:02 PM
    Wish her well but hell… How does a woman coach tell a player he’s too soft?
    ___________________________

    By grabbing him by the facemask, bringing him down to her eye level and telling him to man the F up. Just like any other coach.

    That might fly in the CFL but we’re talking the NFL here…..

  115. bonniebengal says: Jan 21, 2016 8:01 AM

    As a woman I am thrilled. Here’s hoping more teams follow suit.

    I’m thinking a quality control coach watches a lot of tape and looks for tendencies, etc.

  116. marthisdil says: Jan 21, 2016 8:10 AM

    it was done for the news only…

    “special teams quality control coach”?!? Seriously? Talk about making up a job…

  117. heyooo says: Jan 21, 2016 8:21 AM

    And then this new female coach with the long flowing gray hair turned around and everyone realized it was Rob Ryan.

  118. packerssuckcheese says: Jan 21, 2016 8:21 AM

    An administrative assistant, Rex will be asking her to get a water bottle or some whiskey when teams kick their hineys when Rex and his brother are lit up like a Christmas tree!

  119. dabillshateme says: Jan 21, 2016 8:39 AM

    Another person from the Jets? That’s the scary thing. But if she can teach those morons on the Bills special teams not to hold and block in the back – she’ll be a miracle worker. Seemed like they got flagged every other kick last season.

  120. gotitan says: Jan 21, 2016 8:39 AM

    I am sure some of you googled her name. Interesting she shares the same name with a super model.

  121. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 8:47 AM

    It’s coaching carousel season. The difference between the teams that win and lose (outside of the QB position) is often coaching – at EVERY position.

    Are the Bills and the NFL honestly trying to suggest that a woman who was an admin a couple of years ago is THE best candidate for this particular position? The answer is no.

    There are great assistant high school coaches all around the country that could and would do this job better.

    And for those saying ‘good for the Bills’ – why? Is Kathryn Smith the best person to the Bills new ‘Special Teams Quality Control Coach’?

  122. baddegg says: Jan 21, 2016 8:48 AM

    Rex says she has nice feet.

  123. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 8:50 AM

    Go read the ESPN piece on her background. She was an admin as recently as 2014. Yes, an admin.

    The person she replaced was an actual former NFL player.

    This will end well.

  124. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 8:54 AM

    canadianbillsfan says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:02 PM
    Wish her well but hell… How does a woman coach tell a player he’s too soft?
    ___________________________

    By grabbing him by the facemask, bringing him down to her eye level and telling him to man the F up. Just like any other coach.

    _____________

    Umm, yeah, that will happen.

    I just looked – the term ‘coach’ is a bit generous. Basically they are grunts and ‘do very little coaching, if any’ with actual players. Most of their job is spent analyzing film of OTHER teams and creating reports for the other coaches (in this instance, Special Teams Coordinators) – about OTHER team’s tendencies.

    She isn’t going to be on the field telling 260 pound back up linebackers in kickoff coverage to ‘man the F up’

  125. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 8:59 AM

    intrafinesse says:
    Jan 20, 2016 8:19 PM
    What are the responsibilities of a “special teams quality control coach”?
    If she never played pro or college football (with tacking, pads, etc) then how is she better qualified than other potential special teams coaches?

    If she can do the job (whatever this job is) then fine.
    _________________________________

    It’s really not a coaching job at all. I found a good article on it on some Broncos site.

    Basically it’s a grunt job that studies OTHER team’s special teams and prepares reports and data about tendencies. Reports that are given to the REAL coach for REAL coaching of REAL players.

    There will be very little, if any, actual coaching and/or on field interaction with the players.

    Holmgren basically created the position in 1990 when he wanted to get the 49ers playbook into ‘the computer’. He assigned some guy named Gruden to do that.

    Lots of guys have come up through the ranks doing this job (Sparano, Gruden, Haley, Childress, Mangini). It’s an ‘earn your stripes/apprenticeship’ sorta gig like so many in the business world.

    Does anyone on Earth believe that a person working as an admin in 2014 and was a ‘student manager’ for a college BASKETBALL (not football) team just a few short years ago, is an ‘apprentice’ fast tracker in the NFL?

  126. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 9:01 AM

    kd75 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 8:45 PM
    Looking at her work history, she is being groomed for a very high position in the organization.

    Working a little in every dept. Getting a feel for the whole operation.

    She’ll be running that whole show in a few years.
    _____________________________

    Sarcasm, I hope.

    Yep, work history that includes the titles ‘admin’ and ‘intern’. That screams ‘running the organization’.

    But one article on ESPN touted her role as Student Manager for the St John’s team in 2007. Unfortunately, that team was the BASKETBALL team.

  127. byHim4u says: Jan 21, 2016 9:04 AM

    They don’t have any place in football, period.

  128. superpatriotsfan says: Jan 21, 2016 9:04 AM

    Big whoop. Rex just trying to get more attention like hiring his brother. Lets see if this actually works on the field and not on the media pages.

  129. iowahbr says: Jan 21, 2016 9:05 AM

    The old geezers here are pissed and most of the rest of us think why not? It’s just a kid’s game played by adults here in the US because we won’t allow gladiatorial combat of the Roman type.

    Rex is always good for some off the field entertainment and glad he is a head coach in the NFL. 32 Bill B’s would be horrible.

  130. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 9:05 AM

    tubbman27 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 8:32 PM
    Oh shut up nerds. She has as much experience as you guys do. Good for her and the Bills.
    _____________

    And that’s relevant why exactly?

    I don’t see any of the other 31 teams in the NFL hiring any of the posters on this board to a ‘coaching’ job.

    And why is it good for the Bills exactly?

    Do you know that this intern/admin replaced an actual former NFL player in this role?

  131. phinsfan1205 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:16 AM

    I’ll take a female coach over a franchise team in England any day!

  132. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 9:18 AM

    doggz109 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:41 PM
    Quality control coaches basically watch hours and hours of film….and do stats to show what percent of time teams do certain plays, formations, tendencies, etc. They write reports and meet with the other coaches to develop game plans. She is likely more than qualified for this position. Good for her.
    __________

    You are right to an extent. While she will do the research, usually that research is passed on to the actual coaches for the game plan. She’s just the grunt.

    As for ‘more than qualified’ – what gives you that impression? She was a ‘special events intern’ and an admin as recently as 2014. Her college ‘team manager’ experience at St Johns helps make her qualified. Oh wait, that was for the BASKETBALL team.

    Listen to any analyst on any network in any market. Former players or coaches. They see things we simply don’t. They know this from experience. She doesn’t have any.

    Oh, and the person she is replacing is an actual former NFL special teams PLAYER.

    Saying ‘more than qualified’ is just not accurate.

    By that account the pasty Brits sitting in a tiny flat in London popping out PFF are ‘qualified’ to be on NFL coaching staffs.

  133. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 9:23 AM

    I’m Judgemental says:
    Jan 21, 2016 1:58 AM
    “baller2 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 7:57 PM
    she was a secretary and now she’s a coach?”

    7 years as a player personnel assistant and a college scouting intern. Sounds way more qualified than you.

    _________

    She was an admin as recently as 2014. Do you have a job that doesn’t require pressing a picture of french fries? ‘Assistant’ ‘Admin’ and ‘Intern’ are suddenly positions that denote qualification to coach an NFL team? A ‘college scouting intern’ – really? Every NFL team has an ‘internships’ page. Requirements? Be 18 years old. Interns are responsible for their own travel, transportation and housing.

    A ‘college scouting intern’ most likely sharpened pencils or made sure that the real coaches didn’t have the room by the elevator at the Hilton.

  134. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 9:26 AM

    bonniebengal says:
    Jan 21, 2016 8:01 AM
    As a woman I am thrilled. Here’s hoping more teams follow suit.

    I’m thinking a quality control coach watches a lot of tape and looks for tendencies, etc.
    __________________________

    As a man, I’m lukewarm and skeptical. Here’s hoping teams hire the best available candidate for EVERY position.

  135. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 9:30 AM

    roadtrip3500 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:54 PM
    Welter was a player on both women’s outdoor and men’s arena football teams before she started coaching. That got respect from Cardinals players because she had perspective they could relate (Welter played mostly fullback and coached the Cards linebackers – positions that often face each other in battle).
    ____________

    How do you know Welter – who did the silly ‘Dr’ thing – got ‘respect’ of the players? A token training camp job with no permanence ‘coaching’ players who were likely to be cut? Hell do we even know if she spent any time actually COACHING?

    And yes, she played against men. For a couple of plays. And got destroyed.

  136. dtroxallday says: Jan 21, 2016 9:35 AM

    Why can’t you just say “Bills hire Kathryn Smith”? She’s not the first female to be hired by an NFL team, so why is that still a sticking point? But since it apparently is (to you), how many more need to be hired before you stop pointing it out?

  137. randomguy9999 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:35 AM

    henryjones20 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 7:55 PM
    Nothing against female coaches coming from me,but for the love of god Rex!! Stop bringing former Jets coaches and players here!!! Your so called friends are gonna get you fired. 5-11 next year if you bring one more ex Jet over here.

    intrafinesse says:
    Jan 20, 2016 8:19 PM
    What are the responsibilities of a “special teams quality control coach”?
    If she never played pro or college football (with tacking, pads, etc) then how is she better qualified than other potential special teams coaches?

    ———————————————————————

    she was never with the jets

    wow, bias much?

    you might want to know what you are talking about before making such a naive statement. a 5 second google search says that she had a very respectable career progression in professional football, similar to many male coaches:

    – graduated from Boston College and has a master’s degree in Sport psychology and a PhD in psychology from Capella University

    – she played on the womens professional teams: Dallas Diamonds and Dallas Dragons

    – she played on the womens professional teams: Dallas Diamonds and Dallas Dragons

    -was linebackers and special teams coach for the Texas Revolution

    – played RB for the Revolution (a mens team), the first full contact / non kicker or holder woman on a professional mens football team

    – coached inside linebackers preseason and camp for the Cardinals 2014 and 2015

    so she was a ‘secretary’ for less than a year with the Bills and now she’s getting a much deserved shot

    you don’t think a PhD in Psych (yeah that’s not valuable coaching NFL players, sarcasm) that played RUNNING BACK on a professional MENS team and coached the CARDINALS Linebackers preseason deserves this shot?

    you are dead wrong…

    PS, PFT should have said more about her background rather than leaving her out her represented as a secretary to be a forum punching bag

  138. jerry944 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:43 AM

    You must forgot bout last season..cards had the best record in football until palmer got hurt..and they still made the playoffs..so o dont think they sucked last year..and the chic they had helping with LBs in training camp had nothing to do with palmer getting healthy

  139. trollkiller55 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:27 AM

    shlort says:
    Jan 20, 2016 7:57 PM
    New Rooney type rule coming? Teams will be forced to interview a woman for vacant coaching positions?

    And why the “About time” comment?

    _______________________________________

    to answer your question: the “about time” comment was because of people like you

  140. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 10:37 AM

    jazz11001 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:50 PM
    Setting the bar low eh? She is learning and mastering each of these assignments. She is learning all the nuts and bolts of a PROFESSIONAL football team operation. She sounds dedicated as heck and I can see no logical reason as to why she couldn’t be head coach. The league has hired worse and they were of course dudes.

    _____

    And you know she’s ‘mastering’ these assignments how exactly? An admin? An intern?

    And an admin is learning the ‘nuts and bolts’ of an entire operation? The Bills are an $800M organization. What company do you know of where an admin, in one specific department, learns the nuts and bolts of said organization? Or was it the intern work that garnered that knowledge?

    And you see ‘no logical reason’ why she should be a HEAD COACH?

    I get it – you are doing the ‘sensitive dudes get the chicks’ thing.

  141. dtroxallday says: Jan 21, 2016 10:40 AM

    This isn’t the first female coach in the NFL. How many more need to get hired before it’s no longer a story?

  142. patriots123456 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:45 AM

    Rex’s next hire?

    Male Cheerleader.

  143. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 10:45 AM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 9:35 AM
    henryjones20 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 7:55 PM
    Nothing against female coaches coming from me,but for the love of god Rex!! Stop bringing former Jets coaches and players here!!! Your so called friends are gonna get you fired. 5-11 next year if you bring one more ex Jet over here.

    intrafinesse says:
    Jan 20, 2016 8:19 PM
    What are the responsibilities of a “special teams quality control coach”?
    If she never played pro or college football (with tacking, pads, etc) then how is she better qualified than other potential special teams coaches?

    ———————————————————————

    she was never with the jets

    wow, bias much?

    you might want to know what you are talking about before making such a naive statement. a 5 second google search says that she had a very respectable career progression in professional football, similar to many male coaches:

    – graduated from Boston College and has a master’s degree in Sport psychology and a PhD in psychology from Capella University

    – she played on the womens professional teams: Dallas Diamonds and Dallas Dragons

    – she played on the womens professional teams: Dallas Diamonds and Dallas Dragons

    -was linebackers and special teams coach for the Texas Revolution

    – played RB for the Revolution (a mens team), the first full contact / non kicker or holder woman on a professional mens football team

    – coached inside linebackers preseason and camp for the Cardinals 2014 and 2015

    so she was a ‘secretary’ for less than a year with the Bills and now she’s getting a much deserved shot

    you don’t think a PhD in Psych (yeah that’s not valuable coaching NFL players, sarcasm) that played RUNNING BACK on a professional MENS team and coached the CARDINALS Linebackers preseason deserves this shot?

    you are dead wrong…

    PS, PFT should have said more about her background rather than leaving her out her represented as a secretary to be a forum punching bag
    _____

    Umm, in your desire to be ‘awesome social justice warrior guy’, you forgot one important thing…to google the CORRECT person.

    This article is about the Bills’ hire. Your google bullet list is about the Cardinals’ training camp stunt.

    Nice try.

    If you would have googled THIS person you’d learn that she was an intern and an admin. But hey, she was the student manager of the St John’s team just a few years ago. Unfortunately, that was the basketball team – which is, um, a completely different sport.

    And back to the OTHER person you googled. Playing and coaching in a women’s arena football league is qualification exactly? I’m sure ‘He Hate Me’ would listen when she ‘got all up in his grill’. Or perhaps it’s the Doctorate she earned from an online university.

    But again, the article is about the admintern.

  144. awdlmd says: Jan 21, 2016 11:35 AM

    The mouth breathers are predictably losing their minds but there is no reason for this to not happen. Look at male coaches and there is no correlation between personal playing history and coaching ability.

  145. styro1 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:53 AM

    I bet she has beautiful feet!

  146. dreadpirate88 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:13 PM

    somethinghappeninghere says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:14 PM
    Considering the Cardinals have sucked since Kurt Warner left until last year (that is, 2009 until 2014) and then they hire a female assistant coach, and suddenly this team is a legit Supe contender? Really? We know the NFL is rigged, but just how PC do we have to get?
    ==============================

    The Cards were 10-6 in 2013 and were a legitimate Super Bowl contender last year before Palmer got hurt. Kind of blows your conspiracy theory to bits, doesn’t it?

  147. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 12:59 PM

    awdlmd says:
    Jan 21, 2016 11:35 AM
    The mouth breathers are predictably losing their minds but there is no reason for this to not happen. Look at male coaches and there is no correlation between personal playing history and coaching ability.

    ______

    There may not be a reason for it NOT to happen, but theres’ no reason for it TO happen.

    Sure, all coaches may not have played at the NFL level, but many assistants HAVE – including the person who had this job before her.

    And even if they haven’t played, they’ve been around THIS game for years at multiple levels – players as youth, high school, college, etc – as coaches. Most come up through the ranks and earn their stripes.

    This person has never been a coach at any level for any football team.

    But wait, she was a ‘student team manager’ for a team in college at St Johns – just a few short years ago. Unfortunately, that was for the BASKETBALL team.

    So, yes, there is a reason for this NOT to happen – that reason is a lack of football experience. Not only as a player, but as a coach – at any level.

    This is one of 32 NFL professional teams. The Bills are an $800M company in a $12B industry – hiring a ‘coach’ with zero relevant experience (unless being an admin or intern or student manager of a college basketball team qualifies).

    Marc Trestman was summarily dismissed as the Bears HC hire – why? Because his head coaching experience was in the CFL. Translation: the experience was from a lesser quality product and not on par with the skills and experience required to have on of 32 jobs at the NFL level. No different here.

  148. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Jan 21, 2016 1:04 PM

    And again, I think we are being a bit loose with the term ‘coach’.

    This job entails watching film of other team’s special teams and reporting on tendencies etc. Compiling reports, data and powerpoints to give the REAL coaches that will take the data and do REAL coaching with the REAL players on the REAL practice field.

    This ‘coaching’ won’t be done on an actual field with actual NFL players. It will be done on a 13″ MacBook Pro in a Hilton Lobby with a slow wifi connection.

    This sort of job is doing in almost every department at every company in every industry. Some grunts do the detailed busy work and report on trends, patterns and proclivities and other, more important people higher up the food chain use that content to make decisions and drive strategy.

    The term is ‘grunt’.

  149. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:57 AM

    you wrote;

    midenginerearwheeldrive says:
    Jan 21, 2016 1:04 PM
    And again, I think we are being a bit loose with the term ‘coach’.

    This job entails watching film of other team’s special teams and reporting on tendencies etc. Compiling reports, data and powerpoints to give the REAL coaches that will take the data and do REAL coaching with the REAL players on the REAL practice field.

    This ‘coaching’ won’t be done on an actual field with actual NFL players. It will be done on a 13″ MacBook Pro in a Hilton Lobby with a slow wifi connection.

    This sort of job is doing in almost every department at every company in every industry. Some grunts do the detailed busy work and report on trends, patterns and proclivities and other, more important people higher up the food chain use that content to make decisions and drive strategy.

    The term is ‘grunt’.
    _______________________________

    Not grunt, I think the term is analyst or statistician

  150. iowahbr says: Jan 22, 2016 7:16 AM

    Good grief you think that Rex had proposed a method for saving social security and hired her to handle his plan from all the angry BS posted here.

    Again BOYS: Football is a kids game played for adult entertainment. It is not about destroying ISIS, solving illegal immigration, or making America great again!

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