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Is having Mike as a first name a prerequisite to being an NFL coach?


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#1 prissythecat

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:53 AM

The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article today where they cited the fact that almost 20% of the head coaches in the NFL are named Mike . Here is a link to a short online version-> link


However, statistically speaking, Mike is not the most common name in the US. It is actually James based on Census information. Yet, there are only 2 Jims who are head coaches in the NFL right now --which is just 6%. What can a James do to get a fair shot in the NFL?

#2 mrags

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:55 AM

I'm a Mike. Does that apply to me? Ill start applying next year.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

I'm a Mike. Does that apply to me? Ill start applying next year.


43 is the Mike.

#4 KollegeStudnet

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:54 AM

Mike Levy was a good coach

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:08 PM

It beats Lovey. What kind of name is that for a NFL coach I ask you.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

really slow day at the office ???

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:01 PM

It's just another indication of people named Mike being excellent at everything they do! :nana:

#8 silvermike

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:10 PM

Really, though, we're down from our glory days. There was a time a name like this would get Mike Tice a head coaching job in this league, and have Mike Sherman knocking on the door of the Super Bowl. It even got Mike Holmgren a Vince Lombardi Trophy.

You gotta earn it now, like everyone else. Mike Tomlin has to bring it.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:34 PM

it's not working so well for mr. mularkey right now.

#10 Punch

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:41 PM

By no means am I an expert on football analytics, but by my estimation, it is not a prerequisite, considering 80% of NFL head coaches are not named Mike.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:08 PM

really slow day at the office ???

I wasn't sure if this was a thread poking at the "is being white/bald a prerequisite" thread or not when I first read it but there is data to back it up so who knows.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:16 PM

Can I have my 30 seconds back, please?

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:10 PM

I wasn't sure if this was a thread poking at the "is being white/bald a prerequisite" thread or not when I first read it but there is data to back it up so who knows.


:thumbsup: That was exactly the point lol