What’s in a name? An analysis of the names that go with NFL games

Executive assistant is the official title of an assistant who is responsible for a team’s daily operations.

The term is usually a placeholder that is used to indicate the person’s status within the organization, but can be changed to any number of different titles.

Below are a few common NFL titles.

The official title is often given to someone who is the assistant who makes the call on who should be on the field during a game.

A few notable examples include the New York Jets’ Todd Bowles and the Denver Broncos’ John Elway.

The Associated Press has a listing of the 10 most commonly used names for assistants.


Director of football operations (DCO) 2.

Assistant coach/offensive line coach 3.

Director offensive line coach/defensive line coach 4.

Assistant head coach/running backs coach 5.

Head coach/quarterbacks coach 6.

Offensive line coach 7.

Defensive line coach 8.

Defensive coordinator/quarterback coach 9.

Assistant defensive line coach 10.

Defensive backs coach 1.

DCO: the senior executive responsible for all NFL operations, including scouting, personnel, personnel management, player personnel, and salary cap management.


AC: the assistant head coach for a defensive team.


AD: the head coach or general manager for a division or club.


G/C: the coach of a team for whom the coach is not the head football coach.


D/ST: the offensive line coordinator.


DFS: fantasy football.


DTC: director of college scouting.


DE: defensive coordinator.


D-I: defensive end.


OLB: linebackers coach.

1-10: Head football coach; offensive line; defensive line; running backs; offensive coordinator; defensive backs; defensive coordinators; defensive strength coach.

10-19: Assistant head football manager; offensive linemen coach; defensive ends coach; quarterbacks coach; running back coaches; defensive assistant.