Woman becomes NFL's first female full-time coach
Woman becomes NFL's first female full-time coach In this provided by the Buffalo Bills, Bills’ Head coach Rex Ryan poses with assistant football coach Kathryn Smith Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Smith, who has worked with Ryan for seven years, has become the first, full time, female assistant coach in the National Football League. (Anna Stolzenberg/Buffalo Bills via AP)
Woman becomes NFL's first female full-time coach
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Armed with notepads, pens and a keen eye for talent, Connie Carberg is still scouting football players.
 
She simply can't get enough of breaking down film. That's why the 64-year-old Carberg was in front of her television at home Jan. 23 in Coconut Creek, Florida, watching the East-West Shrine Game and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
 
"I love it," Carberg said. "When draft time comes, I've got all my notes on every player."
 
Carberg was the first woman to serve as a scout for an NFL team, working with the New York Jets in the 1970s. She was excited this month when the Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as the league's first full-time female assistant coach.
 
"It caught me totally by surprise," Carberg told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "I started seeing things on the news and on Twitter, and then I was like, 'Wow!' I just got really excited. I think it's a great opportunity for women."
 
Bills coach Rex Ryan promoted Smith to special teams quality control coach, an entry-level, assistant position, but a path that prominent coaches such as Jon Gruden, Eric Mangini, Tony Sparano and Todd Haley took on their way to getting top jobs in the league.
 
The 30-year-old Smith worked for Ryan with the Jets since 2009 as the team's player personnel assistant, and she joined the coach in Buffalo after he was fired by New York after the 2014 season. She was an administrative assistant for Buffalo's assistant coaches, working on various projects.
 
"The fact she has been around for a long time is important," Carberg said. "She has proven herself. It's not just something like, 'Let's just put a woman in there and let's make history.'"
 
As special teams quality control coach, Smith will deal with things such as charting and diagramming plays, and scouting blocking schemes and tendencies of kickers and punters.
 
"To me, the best part of this is that Kathryn has a chance to just learn so much and ask questions and pick up so many things," Carberg said.
 
Carberg served as a scout for the Jets from 1976-80, breaking a gender barrier in the NFL while watching game films, traveling and scouting college players. She is credited with bringing attention to then-little known defensive end Mark Gastineau, who became one of the league's top pass rushers after being drafted by the Jets in 1979. Gastineau invited Carberg to be his guest when he was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor in 2012.
 
Carberg, who will be the subject of an upcoming book about her life in the NFL, helped open the door for other women.
 
In 1986, the late Linda Bogdan, daughter of then-Bills owner Ralph Wilson, was hired by the team as a full-time scout.
 
Amy Trask was the Raiders' chief executive officer for owner Al Davis from 1997 until she resigned in 2013. The Jets promoted longtime executive Jacqueline Davidson to director of football administration last summer. Miami's Dawn Aponte (executive vice president of football administration), Cincinnati's Katie Blackburn (executive vice president), San Diego's Jeanne Bonk (executive vice president and chief financial officer) and San Francisco's Hannah Gordon (vice president of legal and government affairs) are among a growing list of high-ranking women in football front offices.
 
Jen Welter became the NFL's first female position coach last summer when she worked as an intern for the Arizona Cardinals while coaching linebackers.
 
"I still believe it's going to take a little bit of time," Carberg said. "I think Jen Welter would make an ideal scout because she has played the game and loves the sport. As far as the scouting world, that's the one thing I can't believe in 40 years other than myself and Linda that there haven't really been other women scouts. I can definitely see even more opportunities opening up there. It's just not looked upon as weird anymore where it might have been perceived in the past to talk to players and coaches and travel."
 
Carberg, whose father, Dr. Calvin Nicholas, was the Jets' internist, was hired by New York coach Charley Winner in 1974 as a team receptionist and then became the scouting secretary before being sent on the road to places such as alma mater Ohio State, Boston College, New York- and New Jersey-area schools, and the Orange Bowl in Miami to watch and interview players.
 
She was charged with making the Jets' 17th-round draft selection before leaving her role after the 1980 season to focus on her family.
 
Despite being in such a male-dominated environment, Carberg said she never felt awkward or intimidated.
 
"My biggest boosters in the world were men," she said. "Maybe because I felt so comfortable doing what I did. You might get some resistance, like anything else. But this younger generation right now is used to having their moms working, and working in very high positions. I think the respect is there. I think it's a lot of easier for women now than it might have been back in the old days."

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  • micaht-ric
    2/04/2016 - 03:48 p.m.

    Women should be able to coach for NFL because no law says that women can not be a NFL coach. " I think the respect is there. " Some people don't give women the respect as they use to. Some people think that just because you are a women you can't do anything. " I think it's a lot easier for women now than it might have been back in the old days."

  • crystala-ric
    2/04/2016 - 04:12 p.m.

    A women should be allowed to coach.The article above talks about how many people like it that there is now a female as a coach not only men.Women should be allowed to coach because sometimes us women have more of a plan in our mind because some women can be organized.Coaching a NFL team is not only for men because women can have a better idea of were to place a player and more.

  • biancat-ric
    2/04/2016 - 07:28 p.m.

    I think women should be able to coach NFL teams. I think women should be able to coach NFL teams because some women know a lot about NFL. I also think women should be able to coach NFL teams is because girls can do just about anything a man cam do. In the story it says' let's put a women on there and let's make history. That's why I think women should be able to coach NFL teams.

  • humbertoc-ric
    2/04/2016 - 07:47 p.m.

    Kathryn Smith's new job is a big deal because she is the first woman to be a coach in the NFL. So this is very big for women. People think that women can't do anything by look at Kathryn Smith. Plus there are also other women who coach and do other things in the NFL. So women are very useful especially in the NFL.

  • saml-ric
    2/04/2016 - 08:01 p.m.

    I think that women should be allowed to coach NFL teams. Women can be as capable of coaching because when someone loves the game they can do it. So if a woman wants to be a NFL coach no one can say no because they can be better than some men. To support my answer I gathered this from the text,"she is credited with bringing attention to then-little known defensive end Mark Gastineau, who became one of the league's top pass rushers after being drafted by the Jets in 1979."

  • levanted-ric
    2/04/2016 - 08:55 p.m.

    I think woman should be allowed to coach, because they can learn new experiences. They can learn how to coach other teams like their children's teams. It can also teach them certain skills to act serious and focus. My evidence to support my answer, is when it says in the text "I think it's a great opportunity for women."

  • arlethm-ric
    2/04/2016 - 10:59 p.m.

    I think women should be allowed to coach Because it would be fair for women to be allowed to. In the article it said that it would give women great opportunities, it did bring women great opportunities. If things like that happened more often then women would be making a lot of history just like how these women did by learning things and engaging there minds. I believe that women can do many extrordenary things if they get the opportunity too.

  • andrewk-1-ric
    2/05/2016 - 12:06 a.m.

    I think women should be aloud to be a nfl coach, because this can prove that women can do thing guys do. this can show that woman are just as equal. cerberg was a scout for players and this show woman can be just as strong as woman and to the jobs as men. But even back then even woman could get jobs men did.

  • tarenr-ric
    2/05/2016 - 07:32 a.m.

    Women should be allowed to coach NFL teams because it would be the same as having men as a coach, the only difference being the gender. If women know the same knowledge as the men coaches do, women can definitely coach teams. Connie Carberg has been watching and scouting for a very long time and she knows a lot about who to pick and who has the certain skills in certain places. "She is credited with bringing attention to then-little known defensive end Mark Gastineau, who became one of the league's top pass rushers after being drafted by the Jets in 1979." Carberg noticed Gastineau and wanted him, and he ended up being one of the top pass rushers in the entire league. It doesn't really matter if your a woman or a man, if you have knowledge in a certain area, then either gender should be allowed to teach, coach, etc.

  • lucib-bag
    2/05/2016 - 09:12 a.m.

    It's amazing that women are starting to get to be more in charge and men don't "rule" any more.

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