Youth might dictate new hiring model

Finances, philosophies and power among reasons to opt for young head coaches

Originally Published: September 16, 2009
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin planted the seed nearly every time he spoke with his good friend, then-Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary coach Raheem Morris, two years ago.

You're going to be a head coach, Tomlin said back then. You need to start preparing for the day it happens. The encouraging words made Morris grin, but he also thought Tomlin was nuts.

Tomlin had just gotten his big break at the tender age of 34. Morris, on the other hand, was a 31-year-old ...

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