Katie Sowers is confident she can be an NFL head coach

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Katie Sowers dreamed of coaching in the NFL, but the dream didn’t stop at the assistant level.

Sowers, in her fourth NFL season and second as an offensive assistant for the 49ers, said she “absolutely” could be an NFL head coach.

“Wherever I can impact the game, I will continue to work and to be the best I can be and if that opportunity comes up, and that’s where I truly be a game-changer, that’s the step I’ll take,” Sowers said Monday.

Sowers wasn’t the first woman to coach in the NFL when the Falcons hired her to work with the receivers in the 2016 offseason and through training camp. She will become the first woman to coach in a Super Bowl.

“She’s one of the coolest coaches I’ve ever had,” 49ers receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “I like being around here. Just how she goes about her business and how positive she is.”

Eight women coached in the NFL in 2019, including four in full-time roles. Sowers became the face of the group when she was featured in a Microsoft Surface commercial.

“Look at me now,” Sowers said. “Look at us now. All these guys up here, all these coaches, they’ve been doubted in their lives. They’ve faced adversity. We all have. All you can do is just continue to grind, continue to work and show everybody what you’re capable of.”

28 responses to “Katie Sowers is confident she can be an NFL head coach

  1. I think its just a matter of time. Some day one of these woman will get a promotion to a position coaching job, then a coordinator job. Its going to take years for a woman to become a head coach but I think we will see it in the next 10 to 20 years. Its the world we live in; in constant change.

  2. There are plenty of terrible head coaches, such as Adam Gase, so in theory she has a chance.
    But I think it would be exceedingly hard to be a good HC without having played at least at the college level.
    Its still good to have a positive outlook.

  3. Love it. There is zero reason a woman couldn’t be a head coach in the NFL. Half the current coaches aren’t former players, so you can’t hold that against a female. If a woman’s got the chops, the Xs and Os, and the leadership, then up the ladder she should go.

  4. I would hire men that participated in Avicenna sport to coach some. I can name over the years 10-12 women basketball coaches that’d are or would be better than 90 percent of men’s basketball coaches but all these played the game. I doubt women though studying x and o duties understand true game time action.

  5. The Bears might be in the market next offseason. As long as she can either call plays at an average level or delegate to someone who can, she might be an improvement over Nagy and his horrid offense.

  6. Katie and the other women coaches are an inspiration to all. And what great support from Emmanuel Sanders. Hopefully Katie achieves a head coaching position much sooner than later.

  7. The opportunity will come if she proves she’s qualified, but to work it’s gotta be based on her merits. It can’t be this gimmick thing where some owner decides to do it for the attention, or publicity stunt hey look us we’re trailblazers. That won’t work and will end up setting women back in the sport. If she’s qualified she’s qualified thats it. I think it would be great we’ll see

  8. I think it’s awesome. She’s definitely a pioneer in the sport.

    But I lol at how the Microsoft commercial has her running the players through drills and barking out orders like she’s the head coach 🙂

    I hope

  9. The work that Sowers and the other female coaches are doing is doubly important in this time when women’s rights are under attack by a certain regressive segment of society. We need more men like Emmanuel Sanders to speak up for the great achievements women are accomplishing, thus supporting equal rights for all.

  10. There are plenty of bad head coaches, such as Adam Gase, so in theory she has a chance.
    All teh same it’s extremely hard to be a good HC without having played at least at the college level.

  11. “thecape15 says:
    Why all the thumbs down?”

    Because the entire thing smells like a publicity stunt. Much like the Rooney rule it taints what “she’s done” because nobody can trust it’s genuine.

  12. Because the entire thing smells like a publicity stunt. Much like the Rooney rule it taints what “she’s done” because nobody can trust it’s genuine.

    =====

    Except that she gets rave reviews from players and coaches alike. Including Jimmy G.

  13. So much negativity about the *prospect* that a female might be a head coach someday. Do you honestly think an NFL franchise would hire *anyone* just for the “publicity”.

    She is extremely knowledgeable about football — check out the videos of her playing and coaching. The NFL players she works with give her rave reviews. She’s articulate, energetic and very, very smart.

  14. A woman head coach in the NBA is something that will happen within this decade, probably the latter portion. A female head coach in the NFL is still a generation away, at least, not something I expect to see in my lifetime.

  15. klutch14u says:

    “the cape15 says:
    Why all the thumbs down?”

    “Because the entire thing smells like a publicity stunt. Much like the Rooney Rule it taints what “she’s done” because nobody can trust it’s genuine”.

    Incorrect answer. Sowers has been a coach for four seasons. There is no legitimate question as to what “she’s done” or accomplished.

    The correct answer is that people like you will never acknowledge a woman’s success in any professional endeavor, regardless of her qualifications and achievements. Successful women frighten you and the other downvoters.

  16. I think most women would FREAK THE EFF OUT if a man was in their changing room. Some of you don’t want to hear that. Too bad!

  17. a man has to respond positively and talk her up, or he would be vilified by feminists and anybody else pushing the agenda.

    no men are insecure in their manhood or frightened by successful women. that’s just dumb. men are just tired of these agenda pushing articles. no reason to even bring up a women head coach yet when they arent even close to a coordinator position.

  18. dean7979 says:

    “a man has to respond positively and talk her up, or he would be vilified by feminists and anybody else pushing the agenda.”

    Why would you not want to respond positively? What do you find that is negative about Sowers being a coach? And what agenda do you believe is being pushed by Katie’s coaching, Shanahan’s decision to have her on his staff, or by this article?

  19. Does she satisfy the Rooney rule? She should.

    If so, she would be a candidate to jump to the head of the line for interviews. More exposure.

  20. a man has to respond positively and talk her up, or he would be vilified by feminists and anybody else pushing the agenda.
    ====
    Whose agenda?

    Any NFL team just wants to win.

    I doubt any of them would hire a woman to fit anyone else’s agenda.

    Contrary to what you and some others may believe, it sounds like she is qualified.

  21. I can only assume all the thumbs downs here are from misogynists, testosterone cowboys or closeted gay men (not that there’s anything wrong with that — but come out already if you are.)

    If a coach is qualified and well respected by his or her peers, their gender is only an issue for their detractors — not the coach.

  22. “We’ve found at least one, so you are incorrect in saying no men.”

    it’s cute that you implied that I’m insecure or frightenedby her success… but I can care less where her career goes. I have no interest in becoming a coach at any level, so her success or failure means absolutely nothing to me. maybe someday she’ll become a head coach, but there are quite a few rungs she needs to climb first, making chatter of becoming a head coach pointless at the moment. maybe ask that question when she lands a coordinator job.

  23. cardinealsfan20 says:

    “Why would you not want to respond positively? What do you find that is negative about Sowers being a coach?”

    try showing a little comprehension. if she was average at her job or worse, he or anyone else in that organization or the league wouldnt be able to admit that publicly. they would be absolutely destroyed for hating women and being “threatened by females and being insecure”, and for holding women back and pushing the old boys club… and whatever else people like you will come up with.

    as far as whose agenda, clearly the media’s. any time a female does anything in football it gets blown out of proportion. there was the female ref. a million articles were wrote about the soccer player that kicked a couple field goals and the campaign to get her signed. now all these articles about sower… guys arent threatened by any of these girls, they just dont care to have to constantly hear about them. guys understand that the best person for the job, will get the job at the nfl level. we are all fine with it. if they are good, they will get opportunities, jobs, and promotions. we just dont need a full blown campaign for each baby step along the way.

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