Thoughts about Black Monday in the NFL
Browns: The one gift I had to wait for was the firing of HC Pat Shurmur. I am not a fan of former Bronco HC McDaniel but he would be better than Shurmur. Of the coaches expected to be released my choice for the Browns would be Ken Whisenhunt. He is a D guy but a good coach that made the best of the bad personnel decisions made by a poor GM. My second choice would be Lovie Smith if he is let go. Both have been to a Super Bowl and would run a tight ship without being a dictator.
I have mixed feelings about GM Tom Heckert being fired. While he has by far done the best job of any GM the team has had since 1999 that is not a very high standard.
Cowboys: They are out of the playoffs thanks to QB “Captain Collapse” (I want a copyright on that phrase) Tony Romo. It will not cost his HC a job but this team has underperformed for years. Maybe Jerry should think about firing his GM—himself.
Cardinals: Ken Whisenhunt deserved better than he is going to get. He deserved to have an NFL caliber QB. But the blame for the collapse belongs on the shoulders of GM Rod Graves. All indications are it was his choice to trade for QB Kevin Kolb. Graves did not choose wisely.
Bears: The Bear cubs are the first team to start a season 7-1 and not make the playoffs. The total collapse of the O line and injuries on the D ended any chance of the playoffs. HC Lovie Smith may be fired but deserves better.
Chiefs: There is no hope for fans of the KC Chefs. They will be cooking up another bad batch of BBQ because they fired HC Crennel but kept inept GM Pioli. If the GM stays look for the Chefs to hire ex-Bronco HC McDaniel. McDaniel will want to try to recover the career of QB Cassel.
Chargers: The firing of both HC Norv Turner and GM Smith are 2 years too late to prevent the need to rebuild rather than tweak the roster. Under less than brilliant leadership of these two the team got old and inept.
Jaguars: Who cares? GM Smith was fired but it looks like HC Mike Mularkey may be safe for now. This team is dying as quickly as the town in which it plays.
Eagles: HC Andy Reid is out. He will not be unemployed for long unless he decides to take a year or two off. He is a very good coach but 14 years is long enough for any coach to grow stale.
Jets: The team fired GM Mike Tannenbaum but not HC Rex Ryan. Frankly both should have gone. The team needs to produce more and talk a lot less.
Panthers: Some changes are not for the better. This team fired HC Fox 2 years ago and now may fire Ron Rivera. Rivera is doing the best he can with a less than stellar roster. He has a hc (head case) at QB and a lot of holes on the team.
That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.
Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.
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