Joey Porter may be a future NFL head coach

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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.

69 responses to “Joey Porter may be a future NFL head coach

  1. Meh. “Fire” and rah-rah only gets you so far in coaching. Exhibit A, Mike Singletary.

    Anymore, an NFL HC has to be a CEO first and foremost because he will live and die by the assistants he hires/fires (Exhibit A, Lovie Smith). He also has to be really good at psychology and knowing how to deal with a wide variety of personalities and getting them all on the same page. And he had better be able to identify talent, know how to develop it, and be willing to move on from bad moves in that area sooner than later.

    All of those qualities, in my mind, come ahead of an in-your-face personality anymore.

  2. I miss seeing Jonathan Ogden manhandle this twerp every time they played.


  3. .
    If Larry Foote said it, then it must be true. Patriots fans will miss Bill Belichick when Porter replaces him tomorrow.

  4. I like both coaching moves on paper a lot. Can’t wait to see how it pans out on the field. There are several storylines and questions with his LB unit already…
    Will Spence and/or Carter make the team? Is the return of Harrison still a possibility? How much will Jarvis improve in his 2nd year? Who will be the odd man out? …. to name a few.

  5. But how many teams have a head coach that is excelling in all the aspects of being a head coach that you would like to have? Don’t discount the passion, it may not be a substitute for the lacking of other skills, but for the one that is the complete package and has what it takes you also want them to have a high level of passion. The more you have, the more your opponents have to face. Nothing wrong with that if your goal is to distinguish your team as something exceptional.

  6. It’s pretty hard to tell which former players can make the transition to the coaching ranks. Sometimes the players who struggled to succeed on the field make much better coaches than the guys who were great players. Joey Porter is not an obvious choice for a future NFL Coach, but you never know. Who would have seen Ricky Williams as a college coach and Brett Favre coaching high school?
    Good luck Joey – I wish you well.

  7. I miss seeing Jonathan Ogden manhandle this twerp every time they played.


    Too funny Ray Lewis ran onto the team bus to get away from Joey faster than he tossed away his white suit.

    Porter can inspire emotion, but can he inspire thought and team play? Time will tell.

  8. Nothing productive to add except this guy was an over rated loud mouth clown as a player and I’m sad to see he hasn’t just gone away.

  9. A few years under his “mentor” and he can take over the Stealer job after strayfoot is gone.

  10. You can’t teach intelligence. As football becomes more complicated and scheme-based there will be less and less room for ex-jock-coaches. Hopefully the same trend carries forward into NFL TV commentary.

  11. If Porter becomes an HC, I hope a player runs right over to him and does his stupid sack kick dance in his face.

  12. Before games he can walk in front the opposing coaching staff with his shirt pulled halfway up, create a ‘dust-up’ and maybe get tossed even before the game begins.

    If he really does have what it takes; then more power to him.

  13. “Meh. “Fire” and rah-rah only gets you so far in coaching. Exhibit A, Mike Singletary.

    All of those qualities, in my mind, come ahead of an in-your-face personality anymore.”

    Pete Carroll is the quintessential rah rah head coach. What are you even talking about?

  14. He must have grown up 1000s years for this to be a true story. Even Singletary was more cool headed then this guy and he will never get a chance to head coach again.

  15. Are you kidding me?? No wonder there are some strange coaches in the NFL. He would need to calm down, and learn a few lessons before that happens.

  16. He reminds me of a Mike Singltary. The guy was a great player but a terrible coach. I would not hire him if he was the last guy in the world to hire. I would rather have Pe-wee Herman coaching my team. GO SEAHAWKS!!!!! REPEAT WITH THE BEST HEAD COACH IN PETE CARROLL!! YEAH YEAH YEAH!!

  17. Remember the video in 2007 showing Joey Porter and his boys attacking Levi Jones in a Casino?? He was arrested for battery. I don’t think he has a legit shot at becoming a head coach

  18. LOL! Now that would be entertaining.

    Go for it Porter!

    P.S. to Seahawks trolls:

    Act like you’ve been there before. Just sayin’.

  19. He will most definitely be a great head coach one day. He did a GREAT JOB with Shaq Barrett at CSU this year, and as the article states, he has the right personality to be a successful coach.

  20. I think porter could make a good head coach in the future but hes definatley gotta prove himself as a succesful assistant for a few years before that happens…but i think hes got the tools to make an awesome d coordinator at least…he played under one of the greatest defensive coaches in football for a long time in dick lebeau and you know he knows that defense like the back of his hands and he knows what it takes to run that defense succesfully and if you got all the right parts to run that d its an awesome defense to watch…so if he could assemble the right players and instill that violence and tenacity into them that he played with i think he could be a great d coordinator at the least

  21. First step first, that’s talking way way down the line. Keith Butler, the current Steelers linebacker coach, has long been considered the heir apparent to defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. It seems like every year someone looks at him as a possible coordinator for their own team, but he’s supposedly paid like one already to keep him around. Dick ain’t getting any younger, either.

    Once Dick finally retires, then Butler moves up to dc and hopefully Porter is still around to take over at linebackers coach. That would be his immediate future and one he’s well suited for. If not Porter, the Steelers certainly have plenty of choices, or other great former linebackers, to choose from as their next lb coach. What’s James Farrior doing these days? Go Steelers!

  22. When will people see that only so much of a coaches ability lies in his ability to fire people up. A great coach prepares his team and teaches strong fundamentals and technical skill… I don’t care if the coach is a screamer like Harbaugh or Gruden, The bubbly always positive Gus Bradley or the stoic silent Andy Reid/Belichick types .. Personality is important, and that goes into a coaches ability to be a leader or athletes won’t buy in to your model. Moreover, talent and preparation and technical skill will outweigh the personality of the coach any day. The biggest lie of the last twenty years is that being loud, looking and acting like an under armor commercial wins games.

    I wish the guy well though.. it’s a tough gig

  23. “Hopefully he grows from the coaching side, X’s and O’s, organization and stuff like that.”

    Yes, that “stuff” tends to be important in being a HC. A successful one, anyway.

  24. Three weeks until camp.

    Successful Steeler seasons = Pain, heartache and criminal activity for Steeler haters.

    Your marriages and relationships fail too when we’re winning. You can’t think straight or focus when the Steelers are winning.

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