Jen Welter: Coaching in the NFL is a dream girls can have

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New Cardinals coaching intern Jen Welter, the first woman to work on an NFL coaching staff, is hoping girls will see what she’s doing and dream of being not just the next Jen Welter, but the next Pete Carroll or Bill Belichick.

Welter said today that she fell in love with football as a little girl, but she didn’t think there was a future in football for women. Playing in a minor professional football league, however, made her think differently and begin to look for opportunities in coaching.

“I didn’t even dream that it was possible. And I think the beauty of this is that though it’s a dream I never had, now it’s a dream that other girls can have. I guess if that makes me a trailblazer, then I’m honored,” Welter said.

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians noted that two of his previous interns were hired this year as full-time assistant coaches, and Welter may get that opportunity some day. And a generation of girls watching Welter today may one day live in a world where it’s not even news when an NFL team hires a female coach.

40 responses to “Jen Welter: Coaching in the NFL is a dream girls can have

  1. The best people should be hired, period. Don’t care if you’re white, black, purple, man, woman, etc. but it should not be because of any of those factors

  2. *Sigh*….Between this desire to go all PC, concussions, domestic violence, the NFL days are numbered. What is the purpose of this hire? Are you telling me, of all the available men vying for an opportunity like this, none were better suited, more qualified? Despite the fact that women are likely outnumbered in football 100 to 1? Man please!!

  3. ” Coaching in the NFL is a dream girls can have”

    This will come as great news to my female doctor, who not only was awarded 4 degrees before age 30 but also holds my life in her hands on a regular basis.
    .

  4. Well considering the odds are 1 in 7,000,000,000 I think maybe girls should have a fallback option as well. Your odds are literally greater to become the President.

  5. Stiller43 says:
    Jul 28, 2015 7:35 PM

    The best people should be hired, period. Don’t care if you’re white, black, purple, man, woman, etc. but it should not be because of any of those factors

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    Not sure if you know this but only white folks feel the need to make up non-existent colors to compare when showing how they aren’t racist. Basically because black is so scary you make up even sillier colors that you wouldn’t be turned off by. There are no purple people.

    Big fan of the idea of the best person being hired on merit regardless of other factors but several hundred years of discrimination against people of color (even the non-existent purple ones) and women means as a society we have had to level the playing field to keep bigots from being bigots. Not that far removed from the days when the Washington team refused to integrate.

    Very happy for Welter. Hope the best for her.

  6. Good news: more gender equity in the NFL.

    Bad news: how long until we start having random suspensions for sexual harassment of coaches?

  7. Iknowitall says:
    Jul 28, 2015 8:19 PM

    “Ariens is a moron”

    Oh, the staggering amount of irony… a guy who calls himself “Iknowitall” who calls someone else a moron, while misspelling the name of the person he was talking about, even though that name is spelled correctly multiple times just above.

  8. No need for this NFL. Just like the Michael Sam getting drafted last year crap. SMH

  9. @revskip. Thank you, very well said. As a Cards fan I am very proud of this organization under Bidwill/Keim/Arians and of course the vast majority of our players.

  10. AZ should sign Mike Sam and bring in Caitlyn Jenner to speak to the team…they would lead the league in forward thinking…

  11. Yes, the sad thing is some well-qualifed male is getting an opportunity taken away due to PR pressures and the resulting feel-good stories that will follow. There is no way a professional football player is going to respect and take direction from a female coach and one who has never played this game at or near this level.

  12. revskip says:

    Not sure if you know this but only white folks feel the need to make up non-existent colors to compare when showing how they aren’t racist. Basically because black is so scary you make up even sillier colors that you wouldn’t be turned off by.
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    The fact that white people are constantly made to feel obligated to prove they’re not racist is the real problem here.

    Someday soon, white guilt, Affirmative Action, political correctness, and other such destructive ideas will be consigned to the flames of history where they belong.

  13. Welcome to the family! Now show the world why you were chosen! Think this is a bad hire? Think again. Who is more motivated to do a good job then someone who is the first of their kind with something to prove. It makes you work harder and when you think of quitting you think of all the people you’ll be letting down so you push on and work harder!

  14. Now baseball has to hire a female manager/coach or else the accusations of the good ol boys club will come from the progressives. You can thank the Spurs for opening this Pandora Box

  15. The country is flipping out over an INTERN.

    “Go make 47 copies of the playbook, go pick up this free agent at the airport, where’s my coffee?.

    Forgive me if I am underwhelmed.

  16. ‘“I didn’t even dream that it was possible.”

    If you were a white male, it wouldn’t be.’

    Yeah. White males have really gotten the shaft over the years.

    Clown.

  17. “ow baseball has to hire a female manager/coach or else the accusations of the good ol boys club will come from the progressives. You can thank the Spurs for opening this Pandora Box”

    Oh, shut up. Your blatant chauvinism is embarrassing, frankly.

  18. seahawkboymike says:
    Jul 28, 2015 8:02 PM

    “I didn’t even dream that it was possible.”

    If you were a white male, it wouldn’t be.
    ———–

    Because white men never get any of the coaching jobs…. er…..huh?

    The fact that this comment has twice as many upvotes as down tells you all you need to know about the average PFT reader.

  19. Coaching in the NFL is a dream girls can have…

    So long as NFL teams continue to hire girls for PR value ahead of thousands more qualified male coaches who have played football since childhood then coached it for decades from high school, to college, barely scraping by, moving their families all over he country just hoping to one day get a shot at an NFL job.

  20. Yeah, she’s the one taking an opportunity away from a deserving man.

    She is already more qualified for this opportunity than some other coaches who were given their first shot. For example:

    Dr. Welter:
    PhD
    Masters in Sports Psychology
    Coached in a semi-pro league
    Played in a men’s league
    Recommended to Bruce Arians by her boss
    Interviewed with/impressed the Cardinals

    Todd Haley:
    Grew up playing golf
    Had his daddy get him his first shot in the NFL

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