When Jeff King played in Carolina, his tight ends coach was Geep Chryst – who, once upon a time, was Jake Plummer’s quarterbacks coach with the Cardinals. Chryst, a Princeton man, would have football discussions with King all the time. “He joked he had football autism,” King said.
But it was during those discussions where King realized he had a passion for the cerebral part of the NFL – more specifically, the concept of building a team, finding personnel, and constructing such a puzzle. King’s story has been chronicled for this week’s “Maximum Cardinals” TV show by Paul Calvisi and the boys in the broadcast department (airing Saturday following the Grambling football game on NBC/Ch. 12).
King said he has considered the idea of coaching and it intrigues him, but not nearly as much as being in a front office. “I like the architectural feel of building something, more than the hands-on, day-to-day stuff,” King said. “Striving to build something, to put your imprint on a team, would be pretty cool.”
King spends most of his Tuesdays watching not just video of the Cards’ upcoming opponents but also games from around the league. He is self-teaching for now; he’s found that, as a player, personnel judgments aren’t exactly an open topic for discussion.
“It’s such an insider-trader thing to talk about with people that are doing it,” King acknowledged. “Everywhere I have been, it’s a little fickle. They don’t want to talk shop with a player. It’s like a separation of church and state. Hopefully I will have a chance to get into it. I know a few people, they know it’s something that is a passion for me. We will see where it goes.”
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