Some owners could get cold feet

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When the coaching carousel begins to spin tonight, more than 10 of those horses with poles impaling their torsos could be empty.

Right now, the potential hot spots include the Bills, Jets, Browns, Titans, Jaguars, Chiefs, Chargers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bears, Panthers, Cardinals, plus the nearly annual surprise firing that comes from out of the blue and surprises everyone.

But here’s the thing to keep in mind.  For every vacancy there must be a viable candidate to fill it.  If there are too many jobs open, it could be hard to find enough new coaches.

That could cause some owners to refrain from doing their best Donald Trump impersonation, choosing the devil they know over the devil they don’t and giving the current head coach one more season to get things right before moving on.

In the end, each owner has to ask himself whether he thinks he can find a coach as good or preferably better than the man who currently has the job.  This year, that could be an expensive proposition if multiple owners are eyeballing the same coach to provide the potential upgrade.

21 responses to “Some owners could get cold feet

  1. Eagles need a new coach. Their current coach is 24-42 since 1999 against playoff teams and a .500 coach since 2004 with only one extended playoff run in that time.

  2. Perfect opportunity for Cowher to return and play teams against each other so he can get the deal he wants.

  3. If coaches bring potential players in every Tuesday and work them out to take their current players places (often kickers), I can see an owner doing the same thing. Just be up front about it. Say you have high expectations for your club and you are evaluating everything for the next three weeks and everything is on the table including GM, Coach and towel boy.

    People may say it is not loyal but it could be countered by saying loyalty is not your job, doing the best thing for the team is your job and that includes evaluating alternatives.

    This allows you to hunt for the best coach option without first cutting your current coach.

  4. Have to say it again, Please keep Andy as HC. Doesn’t mean a hill of beans but as a long, long time fan and money spending season ticket holder (yea like that means anything), Keep Andy Reid as HC….

  5. Reid’s whole coaching regime has fallen apart in an extremely public way – he isn’t coming back in Philly.

    Out of the list in the article, Munchak seems safe, and Garrett may be as well. I’d expect Lovie Smith to sneak through if the Bears make the playoffs. Ryan is the best case otherwise to be made for cold feet, unless there’s another chance for Rivera based on a strong finish. Most of the rest are toast, including Mularkey who loses any benefit of the doubt by not being the new owner’s choice. I’m kind of surprised that Schwartz isn’t on the list given the dive that the Lions have taken this year.

  6. After watching the Jimmy Johnson “Football Life” show last night, I wish Khan would give him $100 million for 5 years to be GM/Head Coach and in the 4th and 5th year, have JJ pick the Head Coach and just be GM to ride out the contract. $20M bonus for each Super Bowl. Sell some more truck bumpers, Khan and let’s get the man! Oh my God that guy is the real thing.

  7. hollymolley says: Dec 30, 2012 8:42 AM

    Have to say it again, Please keep Andy as HC. Doesn’t mean a hill of beans but as a long, long time fan and money spending season ticket holder (yea like that means anything), Keep Andy Reid as HC….

    You forgot to say which NFC East team you were a season ticket holder for? Redskins or Cowboys?

  8. owners should make every players salary 1 million dollars annually. the league would have better teams all around.

  9. The head coach is only as good as the personnel he is given. Analyzing draft performance rather than team performance is a better way to go.

    If a GM consistently leaves superior talent on the board and selects stiffs, *that’s* the guy to get rid of.

  10. The teams most likey to choose “they devil they know”, IMO, are Bills, Jets, Titans and Cards. I also wouldn’t count out the Panthers.

    Don’t see Jerrah keeping his staff around if they don’t win the division. Just don’t see him being patient for another year
    Reid is done in Philly, too many mistakes that were a direct result of Reid trying to prove that he is smarter than everyone else (OLine coach as a d coordinator, DLine coach before his d-coordinator, a running QB throwing 50 times a game, the list goes on), for him to continue to be brought back with the results he’s had.
    I don’t see how Chicago could bring Smith back after that collapse. Pretty much historic.
    Turner should of been fired 3 years ago in SD.
    I think Ryan may be back in NY, if not ony because who else of not would step in to that circus?

  11. The head coach is only as good as the personnel he is given. Analyzing draft performance rather than team performance is a better way to go.

    If a GM consistently leaves superior talent on the board and selects stiffs, *that’s* the guy to get rid of.

    Only partially true. If you have a talented team, but try to bend the team to your system, instead of the system to the players (prime example, Philly this year), that is on the coaches. If I have Cam Newton, and try to run the Pats offense, it’s going to be in trouble. If I have Tom Brady, and I try to run the Skins offense, ditto.

    To read your post, you would think all coaches are exactly the same, and who you have on the sidelines makes not difference, after all, it’s just about who has the most talent on the field. We should just be able to set up a “power rankings” at the beginning of the year, why waste time playing games?

  12. @dadindebt6

    If Cowher comes back, he gets the deal he wants. He doesn’t need teams to play off each other. He decides he wants back in, and he’s instantly one of the highest paid coaches in the league, with full control over personel. The only possible exception would be Dallas, since Jerrah isn’t giving up control to anyone

  13. You missed the Raiders.
    Even though Dennis Allen was stuck with an almost completely talentless team, I’ve seen nothing this year to make me think he’s a long term answer. When he settled on Greg Knapp as OC, I knew they’d be hard pressed to win more than 3 or 4 games. The fact that there have been zero adjustments to their failed offensive game plan tells me he doesn’t have command of his staff.
    I’m sure he’s safe for another year, especially if he fires Knapp, but his seat has to be pretty warm.

    If he keeps Knapp, I guarantee another less than 6 win season next year, and he won’t get another chance.

  14. Strange post for a Bears fan of long standing. Thank you AD.

    Wherever Lovie lands next I hope he has leaned the meaning of a “must win” game (see 12/16/12 Bears vs. Green Bay). We can only thank the Vikings for bringing Bear fans the hope we can say good-bye without going through the agony of a 4/12 or a 2/14 season. . Unfortunately you can’t put anything beyond the McCaskey family when it comes to money.

    PS: If this brings more Urlacher complaints on the issue please send Brian to K.C for one last year.

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