Go Back   Sports Central Message Boards > Professional Sports Discussion > National Football League

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-27-2006, 01:51 PM   #1
doublee
Sports Virtuoso
 
doublee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 11,138
doublee will become famous soon enoughdoublee will become famous soon enough
Default Coaches on the Hot Seat

It is that time of year again where the rumor mill fires up on which coaches will be or should be fired. Here is my list of who I think is on the hot seat right now:

These two are definitely on the hot seat and probably unemployed come next Monday:

Jim Mora, Atlanta - Arthur Blanks, ATL's owner, went on record at the beginning of the season that going 8-8 and just making the playoffs this year would not be acceptable. Well, the Falcons can do no better than 8-8 and they have to go into Philly this weekend to square off against the hottest team in the NFC right now and win that one to have any real hopes of making the playoffs.

Tom Coughlin, NYG - In a move of desperation Coughlin yanked play calling duties from his OC and handed them over to QB Coach Kevin Gilbride. Too little too late in my mind. play-calling is not the issue with this team, lack of focus and discipline is. This team was supposed to be a serious contender this year and after last year's embarrassing flame out against Carolina in the playoffs and this season's fiasco of a second half Coughlin is probably done. Rumor has it Charlie Weis is at the top of the wish list in NY.

These three guys are probably feeling a bit toasty but may have another year to turn it around:

Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay - This team is in a bit of disarray, but given that they were 11-5 last year, Simms did get clipped in the third game of the year, and he did win the franchise a Super Bowl he probably has some levity in Tampa.

Joe Gibbs, Washington - It would be a potential PR nightmare to fire the coach who has given the franchise its only 3 Super Bowls. I think Snyder may be more apt to let Gibbs coach next year and then see where the cards may lie at that point.

John Fox, Carolina - Fox is starting to feel some heat from the fans and the media in Charlotte after being dubbed the consensus favorite to win the NFC this year. I doubt he gets fired seeing as he has taken the franchise to its only Super Bowl and a NFC Championship appearance last year, but rather will probably be forced into making some changes on the coaching staff.

Dennis Green, Arizona - I think he probably gets fired. Rumor is that he will be fired and retained in the front office while the team makes a serious run at Pete Carroll. He may get another year just because the Bidwell's are so cheap and don't want to be paying money on a lame duck contract as big as Green's is and they honestly don't seem overly concerned about winning as long as the team is making money.

Coaches who may get fired, but should they:

Art Shell, Oakland - I know Oakland is the laughing stock of the league right now, but is it really Shell's fault? The only reason he has the job is due to Al Davis' refusal to pony up for a quality coaching staff and insistence on having a high level of input into the football operations. Davis seems to be more interested in a 'yes man' for a coach than an actual coach. I doubt Oakland ever becomes consistently competitive again while Davis is as heavily involved in the operations of the team as he is.

Romeo Crennell, Cleveland - I am not one who thinks a coach should be fired two years in, but team chemistry in the lockerroom is so bad that something big may need to be done to shake things up.
__________________
Can I get an Amen from the bobbleheads?
Hey I said pass the ketchup! I'm eatin' salad here!
Oooh, there is so much I don't know about astrophysics. I wish I had read that book by that wheelchair guy.
You SU-DIDDILY-UCK Flanders!!
doublee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2006, 03:36 PM   #2
nojob67
Grizzled Veteran
 
nojob67's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Utica, NY
Posts: 97
nojob67 is on a distinguished road
Default

I think Coughlin , Crennel, and Mora should and will go. There is actually some talent on those teams but the chemistry and playcalling both offensively and defensively have been awful all year.

I hope Denny Green gets to keep his job, I think he can make that team work for him next season. I also think Fox has earned a right to keep his job.

Gibbs should go, but he won't. We will see what he can do next year.
__________________
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
nojob67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2006, 04:24 PM   #3
Dublin Mike
Hating Gators since 1976
 
Dublin Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Dublin Ga.
Posts: 4,431
Dublin Mike has a spectacular aura aboutDublin Mike has a spectacular aura about
Default

I was all for keeping Mora until the radio interview. How can you publically announce that and think that people would think he was kidding, when he obviously wasn't?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ellis View Post
What makes insanity so bad? Just as too much of anything is bad, being too sane is definitely not a good thing.
Dublin Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2006, 04:34 PM   #4
HibachiDG
Sports Virtuoso
 
HibachiDG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 4,258
HibachiDG is on a distinguished road
Default

I think Mora just didn't know how to respond to it afterwards. Most coaches would probably leave whatever job they're at if it meant coaching for the school they went to.
HibachiDG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2006, 05:30 PM   #5
doublee
Sports Virtuoso
 
doublee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 11,138
doublee will become famous soon enoughdoublee will become famous soon enough
Default

I don't know that I would want to be in Atlanta myself. I just don't know that the Falcons are ever going to be serious contenders as long as Vick is the QB there.

I heard on Fox Sports Radio that Mooch may be in line for the Falcons job.
__________________
Can I get an Amen from the bobbleheads?
Hey I said pass the ketchup! I'm eatin' salad here!
Oooh, there is so much I don't know about astrophysics. I wish I had read that book by that wheelchair guy.
You SU-DIDDILY-UCK Flanders!!
doublee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2006, 06:14 PM   #6
grifter
Skateboarding thug, Baby!
 
grifter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: bradenton
Posts: 162
grifter is on a distinguished road
Default

Mora should be gone after the comments him and his father made and now Vick as well. This team is going downhill to fast and a new coach might be good for em, as well as Shaub at QB.

Crennel I would think has another yr left before they can him as well as Art Shell (possibly even 2 to see if he can fix them)

Gruden might as well be gone considering the choices he has made since becoming HC for the Bucs. He didn't win the SB with his team but rather Dungys team. And for being a "offensive guru" there hasn't been any to speak of since being HC.

Fox has a few more years left of trust I believe but someone else is going to have to do the playcalling other than Henning. The coaching staff might get replaced but not Fox.

Coughlin's head as been out there off and on for the past few seasons but this time might be for real, and Green is good as gone.
__________________
I'm a rude rude boy raised by to much TV; I laugh at violence; Pain and death don't mean sh!t to me-HED pe

I played golf once. While everyone else was trying to hit holes in one, I hit a person. Let me tell ya that was so much more fun. I didn't know you were supposed to yell Four, I was to busy mumbling "I'm gonna miss him, alittle bit more to the left"
grifter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2006, 06:53 PM   #7
doublee
Sports Virtuoso
 
doublee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 11,138
doublee will become famous soon enoughdoublee will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by grifter View Post
Gruden might as well be gone considering the choices he has made since becoming HC for the Bucs. He didn't win the SB with his team but rather Dungys team. And for being a "offensive guru" there hasn't been any to speak of since being HC.
Except I don't think Dungy was the GM was he? I think someone else was. It may have been the team built for Dungy but it wasn't a team that he built per se.
__________________
Can I get an Amen from the bobbleheads?
Hey I said pass the ketchup! I'm eatin' salad here!
Oooh, there is so much I don't know about astrophysics. I wish I had read that book by that wheelchair guy.
You SU-DIDDILY-UCK Flanders!!
doublee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2006, 07:45 PM   #8
grifter
Skateboarding thug, Baby!
 
grifter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: bradenton
Posts: 162
grifter is on a distinguished road
Default

Dungy did have alot of say on the players to join the bucs though just like gruden does now.
__________________
I'm a rude rude boy raised by to much TV; I laugh at violence; Pain and death don't mean sh!t to me-HED pe

I played golf once. While everyone else was trying to hit holes in one, I hit a person. Let me tell ya that was so much more fun. I didn't know you were supposed to yell Four, I was to busy mumbling "I'm gonna miss him, alittle bit more to the left"
grifter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2006, 01:45 AM   #9
doublee
Sports Virtuoso
 
doublee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 11,138
doublee will become famous soon enoughdoublee will become famous soon enough
Default

Every coach has some input into the makeup of the team but it is the GM who puts it altogether though. That was the GM's team as much as it was Dungy's.
__________________
Can I get an Amen from the bobbleheads?
Hey I said pass the ketchup! I'm eatin' salad here!
Oooh, there is so much I don't know about astrophysics. I wish I had read that book by that wheelchair guy.
You SU-DIDDILY-UCK Flanders!!
doublee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2006, 03:45 AM   #10
Anthony
Moderator
 
Anthony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 8,377
Anthony is on a distinguished road
Default

While there is no chance that Brad Childress, Rod Marinelli or Scott Linehan will get fired this year, all three of them seem, to me at least, to be in way over their heads (Childress especially), and any and all of them could be in danger this time next season.
Anthony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2006, 11:11 AM   #11
nojob67
Grizzled Veteran
 
nojob67's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Utica, NY
Posts: 97
nojob67 is on a distinguished road
Default

Anthony, I agree with you completely! All three of them have struggled this year. And Childresss acted, in my opinion, classless by cutting vet wideout Marcus Robinson on Christmas Eve. His contract was already guaranteed for the last game so why not keep him? Just a dirty move if you ask me.
__________________
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
nojob67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2006, 12:24 PM   #12
doublee
Sports Virtuoso
 
doublee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 11,138
doublee will become famous soon enoughdoublee will become famous soon enough
Default

Well, I guess that is what happens when you pop off about the coach in the papers. I doubt Childress is the only one in the league who would have done that.
__________________
Can I get an Amen from the bobbleheads?
Hey I said pass the ketchup! I'm eatin' salad here!
Oooh, there is so much I don't know about astrophysics. I wish I had read that book by that wheelchair guy.
You SU-DIDDILY-UCK Flanders!!
doublee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 05:25 AM   #13
Anthony
Moderator
 
Anthony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 8,377
Anthony is on a distinguished road
Default

But far worse than the Marcus Robinson thing was the fact that Childress couldn't even look Brad Johnson in the eye and tell him he was being benched!

Also, notice how the Eagles' offense has really gotten with it this year, the first season after Childress departed as their offensive coordinator - 13.2 yards per completion? That's quite an amazing departure from what they had been averaging throughout the McNabb era (except of course in 2004 when they had you-know-who). Even their running game is better (how come Brian Westbrook never ran for 1,000 yards before, but if he can get 86 yards on Sunday he'll reach 1,300 for this season?).
Anthony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 03:17 PM   #14
dhhsl
Sports Enthusiast
 
dhhsl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 17
dhhsl is on a distinguished road
Default

I've said this for years: Coughlin is a martinet. That style of coaching has never worked well at the professonal level. Just ask Rick Pitino. He's got to go.
dhhsl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 05:27 PM   #15
Titans100
Vince Young ROY
 
Titans100's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 243
Titans100 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by doublee View Post

Art Shell, Oakland - I know Oakland is the laughing stock of the league right now, but is it really Shell's fault? The only reason he has the job is due to Al Davis' refusal to pony up for a quality coaching staff and insistence on having a high level of input into the football operations. Davis seems to be more interested in a 'yes man' for a coach than an actual coach. I doubt Oakland ever becomes consistently competitive again while Davis is as heavily involved in the operations of the team as he is.
Art Shell will be given a second chance. You have to give him credit, he hab been out of football for awhile and now he is back in there. He will have more pull for the team. He at least has one more season left.
__________________
May god have mercy on my enemies because I will not - George S. Patton

Fav Teams:
Tennessee Titans
LA Lakers
Pittsburgh Pirates
Titans100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Coaches get to much direspect, Expected to do to much cubfan13 National Basketball Association 2 11-21-2004 06:25 PM
Shula on the hot seat? tigereyes33 College Football 7 09-25-2003 09:46 PM
Torre on the hot seat? Marc Major League Baseball 8 02-25-2003 10:46 PM
Coaches on the hot seat Marc National Football League 14 08-17-2001 02:48 AM
Managers on the Hot Seat FL Tiger Major League Baseball 1 04-02-2001 07:19 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:10 AM.