Travis Lulay penned his retirement letter from playing in the CFL on 3DownNation and should he choose the coaching route there would be lots of suitors.
Sources around the league feel Lulay could step in and do a stellar job coaching quarterbacks while rising to offensive coordinator with head coach potential down the line.
A particular passage from the first-person piece by Lulay stands out in reference to how he might approach coaching.
Going through notebooks from seasons past reminds me of how much I put into my preparation over the years. Those notebooks make me look like a bit of a crazy man now: hundreds of pages of plays drawn up, complete with read progressions and route adjustments. And I know there’s only a select handful of people that have spent as much total time at the Lions’ training facility as I have over the last 10 years. Because of that foundation of work, I’ve been able to perform at a high level more often than not.
That extra preparation set the stage for Lulay to perform in the 2011 Grey Cup, throwing for 320 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions 34-23 victory. Lulay was named Grey Cup MVP and capped a career-best season – 4,815 passing yards and 32 touchdowns – by earning the CFL Most Outstanding Player Award.
Work in the film room and notebook separates good from great Lulay believes and it’s why many CFL teams would want to hire Lulay. Mike Reilly apprenticed for two seasons while Lulay was playing the best football in the decade he spent in the three-down league and has risen to elite status in the CFL.
Lulay acts with professionalism all the time and commanded respect on the field. That leadership ability could make Lulay a dynamic coach should he choose.