NFL Coaches: What to do?

A large number of NFL coaches seem to be on the hotseat right now. Here’s my take on what to do about them:

• Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans: For reasons I can’t explain, I’ve rooted for Kubiak since he served as John Elway’s excellent backup in Denver. But this season has been an utter disaster, and his four-year record is extremely blah. Time for a change.

• Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals: I believe the franchise will fire Lewis, but I wouldn’t. The guy’s a good coach, and his players go hard for him. But Carson Palmer took a huge backward step this year, and the chemistry seemed terrible. Plus—and this is on Lewis—they went away from the run. Big mistake.

• Norv Turner, San Diego Chargers: Turner is a brilliant offensive coordinator, but a dreadful head coach. Consistently makes teams worse. Needs to go.

• Mike Singletary, San Francisco 49ers: Here’s the guy to point to when fans start bellowing about, “We need someone with heart and soul who did it on the field.” Singletary has heart and soul, but no apparent clue how to run a team. It’s too bad, because I was rooting for him. But how many players can you scream at before it runs its course?

• Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys: I don’t know if he’ll be a great coach, but he’s earned a shot.

• Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings: I wanna see him coach without having Favre f-ing things up. Like Garrett, deserves the gig.

• Tom Coughlin, New York Giants: This is one of those things where the New York media stirs up a story, and it becomes one. This guy’s job is safe, as it should be.

• Eric Mangini, Cleveland Browns: I never thought I’d say this, but Cleveland should keep the guy. Not an especially talented team, starting a rookie QB—and they played hard throughout. Enough said.

• Tony Sparano, Miami Dolphins: Man, that whole Wildcat thing seems like 1,000 years ago. I think he’s a goner, and I agree with the decision.

• Eric Studesville, Denver Broncos: I just don’t know.

9 thoughts on “NFL Coaches: What to do?”

  1. The Singletary thing really bothers me.
    Like you I really wanted the man to succeed.
    I still remember the pictures of his playing days. His eyes as big as they could get taking in everything on the field.
    I just don’t see him making it. Maybe work as a defensive coordinator under someone like Dungy where he might learn to tone it down a bit.

  2. Jeff
    What do you think about the situation in Washington?
    Seems to me the Shanahan Clan is running that organization into the ground.
    I think McNabb is past his prime but he isn’t Favre bad.
    Washington is bad in so many ways but the Shanahan’s seem intent on blaming McNabb for all the ills.
    Is the ownership really that blind?

  3. I don’t understand how Shanahan has gotten away with his same tired stuff. I mean, yes, I know he has won, but that had more to do with the QB he had than with himself. His act is very tired.

    That group of NFL coaches that always get a job, no matter their rep, feels like good ol’ boy politics.

  4. No question Snyder hasn’t been good for the ‘Skins.
    The Shanahan’s seem to have a special talent. They blame others for their failures.
    At least in my mind McNabb seems to be the guy getting blamed for poor defensive play. Of course Gano missing two short field goals in the one point loss to Tampa Bay was Donovan’s fault apparently.
    Gibbs wasn’t a bad hire.
    When you consider how many coaches have come and gone since Snyder I would like to hope Shanahan might be on the way out.

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