'For a lot of guys, it's a marathon'
John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com
The information shared, and wisdom provided, is what stands out for New Orleans Saints receivers coach Ronald Curry.
Curry was one of three dozen coaches selected to participate in the third annual Quarterback Coaching Summit, sponsored by the NFL in partnership with the Black College Hall of Fame. And what the former high school and college quarterback, and NFL receiver, found was that the summit continues to be invaluable not just for young coaches, but, perhaps especially, for young Black coaches.
"You just understand that there's a lot of different ways to skin a cat," Curry said. "These guys, their journey to get to where they are today, just know that it's persistence. Especially when you're talking to young guys, that started like me in a quality control position, feel like you were ready and are getting passed over for position coaching jobs, and then finally getting one.
"A lot of these guys, that door was shut for them a long time and they were just ready for the moment and took advantage of it. They sat back, they learned, their ears were open and mouths were closed, and they were sponges and mastered their craft, continued to learn, continued to better themselves as coaches. Reaching out to players, changing with the times – everything as far as trying to become a good coach, these guys have done it, and they had to break down walls to do it....
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