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How many people are on an NFL team's coaching staff?

Rams coach Sean McVay and Bengals coach Zac Taylor have not just built championship calibur teams, but championship calibur coaching staffs as well.

Rams coach Sean McVay and Bengals coach Zac Taylor have not just built championship calibur teams, but championship calibur coaching staffs as well.
Gary A. VasquezUSA TODAY Sports

Have you ever seen how crowded an NFL sideline is? Of course you have. With the 53 man roster, and water boys and team doctors, and coordinators and position coaches things can get a little cramped on each teams bench.

Sidelines stacked with staff

Some coaches, mostly offensive and defensive coordinators, spend the games high up in the booths watching the game play out with a bird’s eye view. Being in the booth has it’s advantages but you also lose the opportunity to have direct contact with your players on the field, which is why many stay on ground level.

Between the head coach, the coordinators and assistant coaches there are around 10 members of coaching staff for each team. The number varies by team, but most staffs are equipped with the same coaching positions.

Coaching duties broken up position-by-position

First of all you have a head coach. Sometimes a head coach can be either an offensive or defensive coordinator, but many coaches delegate those duties to their subordinates as they have a bucket load of other duties that preoccupy them during a game.

So the offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators are the ones who call the plays on each side of the ball. Then come the position coaches. Most teams consist of a quarterbacks coach, a wide receivers coach, an offensive line coach and a running backs coach on the offensive end.

On the defensive end you have a defensive line coach, linebackers coach, and a defensive backs coach. Sometimes the linebacking duties can be divided up to interior and exterior coaches, much like on the offensive end when you have a wide receivers coach and then a tight ends coach.

More coaches doesn't mean more success

It is up to the head coach to fill his sideline with a staff that he feels will give his team the best chance to win. Having more coaches on the sideline doesn’t necessarily guarantee success, just ask the Jacksonville Jaguars who started the season with a league high 13 coaches on the sideline before Urban Meyer was let go midseason after going 2-11 in his first season.

The Philadelphia Eagles had 13 coaches this season, but their stacked coaching staff led them to the playoffs in a year where not many expected them to make it past the regular season.

The Arizona Cardinals had the smallest coaching staff, with just seven coaches in total. Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury called the offensive plays and has two other coaches assisting him on the offensive end. There is the defensive coordinator, and two position coaches as well as the special teams coach to complete the leagues shortes staff.

McVay's staff vs. Taylor's staff next Sunday at Sofi Stadium

Both teams heading to Super Bowl LVI have more than 10 coaches on their staff. The Rams’ head coach Sean McVay has 12 on his staff, seven on the offensive end and four on the defensive end. Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has an 11 man staff with five on the offensive end and and four on the defensive side of the ball.

Since the beginning of the season there have been nine teams have made coaching changes. Some of those jobs have been filled like Josh McDaniels at Las Vegas or Nathaniel Hackett in Denver. There are still vacancies at the head coaching position around the NFL, which means many vacancies at the coordinator and position coach position that must be filled before training camps get under way in July.


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