COACH POSITION: Earlier this month Kathryn Smith became the first female full-time coach in the NFL. After years of serving in various assistant capacities she will be a quality control assistance coach for the Buffalo Bills. She will analyze tapes and data, compile statistics, and provide reports for the Head Coach so that he will know what he will be facing in the next game. During the game she will continue tracking plays.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE POSITION: Amy Trask, who began her career as an intern with the Oakland Raiders is now their chief executive. Aside from some team owners, no other woman ranks higher than she does in the NFL.
ON THE DISAPPOINTING SIDE: Jen Welter, whose five-week internship with the Arizona Cardinals has ended, was not picked up as a fulltime coach. She spent 14 years playing professional football, including in a men’s league where she was the First Woman in a non-kicking position. She still hopes to be picked up, if not by the Cardinals then by another team.