A small sample size stat some people toss around is that no head coach has ever won two Super Bowls with two different teams. Plenty of coaches have MADE Super Bowls with two different teams -- Don Shula, Dan Reeves, Bill Parcells, probably a few more that I'm not thinking of right now.
I certainly don't want Cowher or Gruden coming into KC, at least. There's the start of a good team here, especially on defense with Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr, Eric Berry, Justin Houston, and Kendrick Lewis all under contract for a few more years. Offensively, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, and Tony Moeaki are the start of something big, and Jonathan Baldwin certainly has the potential. I'm too worried about one of them coming in with a new "vision" and they blow up everything we have already to stake their claim on the team.
The Steelers didn't look for a celebrity. They looked at their two in-house guys, Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm, and they looked at Minnesota's defensive coordinator, Mike Tomlin. Tomlin certainly has been a great coach. Whiz has been good down in Arizona, if a bit suspect at talent acquisition and handling the quarterback position. I'd like to see Russ Grimm get some interviews.
The Steelers have been one of the best organizations in all of football for as long as they've been around. More teams need to copy them.
Harrison banned for his hit on McCoy. I am a biased Ravens fan, so I will keep my mouth shut on this one.
I am even more excited by the Niners hiring Harbaugh because their front office isn't any good. Prior to this they tried an experienced coach, a hot assistant and promoting from within, and each was worse than the last. They just kept hiring guys and eventually lucked into a good one.
Also, there's the issue of how much impact a good coach can have on a bad team. The Steelers were in the pretty rare position of replacing a coach after a championship. Tomlin didn't have to clean house or change the culture or even build a wining team over a couple seasons. I'm not saying Tomlin isn't a good coach, but I wonder whether he would have been able to come into a situation like Miami or St Louis and keep his job.
Perhaps the Chiefs would be best served by letting their OC and DC handle the training, and come game time, just have a fan call-in poll that goes directly to the QB's helmet for what play to call.
Numerous coaches have demonstrated the ability to turn around really, really bad teams. Off the top of my head I want to say Parcells, Holmgren, Schotty, and Jim Mora Sr. have turned around bad franchises pretty quickly at least twice each.Also, there's the issue of how much impact a good coach can have on a bad team.
Unfortunately history would seem to be on the side of "Coaches inheriting great teams can coast". Switzer and Caldwell come to mind. You could argue that Seifert is an odd datapoint since he was still relatively successful in San Francisco before Mooch took over but then had an abysmal tenure in Carolina.The Steelers were in the pretty rare position of replacing a coach after a championship. Tomlin didn't have to clean house or change the culture or even build a wining team over a couple seasons. I'm not saying Tomlin isn't a good coach, but I wonder whether he would have been able to come into a situation like Miami or St Louis and keep his job.
I think BTG was referring to Holmgren's Seattle history, not in Green Bay. Holmgren (Seattle), Parcells (Patriots, Jets, Cowboys), and Schottenheimer (KC?, Washington, San Diego) all were able to at least return teams to a competitive level with relatively full control. None of them were able to make the ultimate move and win a title, though Holmgren and Parcells managed Superbowl appearances with their second teams.
Cowher strikes me as a guy who could have success in a second job in part because from what's been written the last few years he wants a relatively strong GM in place. He just wants to make sure that person is someone he is comfortable with. Gruden would probably bring someone in as well, but his level of involvement with personnel in Tampa was pretty high so he'd probably want that power again as well. Jeff Fisher is also a name that will be out there and he seems to have worked well with strong GMs in the past as well.
Parcells, yes, that's sort of his thing. Holmgren went through several years of mediocrity and had to give up his GM duties before Seattle got good. Mora Sr may have improved bad teams but he was infamous for playoff futility. Schottenheimer got jobbed in San Diego. I hope it costs AJ Smith his.Numerous coaches have demonstrated the ability to turn around really, really bad teams. Off the top of my head I want to say Parcells, Holmgren, Schotty, and Jim Mora Sr. have turned around bad franchises pretty quickly at least twice each.
Usually when a team has a sudden turnaround like the Niners this year, it's because the talent was there but they had horrible coaching and underperformed. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about good coaches going to teams with no talent. Jim Schwartz wasn't able to turn Detroit around in one season because the team just wasn't good enough. Do we really know whether Spagnola is a good coach? The Rams are so weak at so many positions, even before the injuries, that I don't feel like we can judge.
Seifert wasn't "relatively successful." He had the highest winning percentage of any coach in NFL history when he left the Niners. So, what does it mean? I'd say he was a pretty good coach. However, I think there are different types of coaches. Some guys can build a team from the ground up. Parcells is that kind of guy, and so was Walsh. Seifert wasn't. And it probably starts at the QB position. If you can't identify and develop a young QB, then you either need to get a veteran somehow or you shouldn't buy a house there. Jon Gruden was a good coach when he had Gannon and even Brad Johnson. However, after Johnson is a litany of failure and eventually that franchise fell apart. Bill Cowher is lucky he worked for the Steelers, because most teams wouldn't let you hang around to learn from the Kordell Stewart failure. Mike Shanahan was successful in San Fran and Denver when he had an established veteran QB, but has never been able to find or develop a young QB.Unfortunately history would seem to be on the side of "Coaches inheriting great teams can coast". Switzer and Caldwell come to mind. You could argue that Seifert is an odd datapoint since he was still relatively successful in San Francisco before Mooch took over but then had an abysmal tenure in Carolina.
Which is sort of a roundabout way of saying that if you already have the QB in place, you can look at different types of coaches. If you don't, then you pretty much need to find a guy who can identify your QB of the future. Any team that doesn't have a QB and considers hiring Mike Shanahan or Jon Gruden deserves what they get.
My point being that Holmgren did manage to make the Seahwawks competitive while he had full control.
I think Harrison has quite a body of work built up. What is with him and the Cleveland Browns, anyway? Cribbs and Massaquoi last year, McCoy this year.
I guess that begs the question: how much blame should the owners shoulder for injuries to Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles and Matt Cassel? It's not like they went into the season with Tyler Palko and Jackie Battle as the cornerstones to their season strategy.
I think that's the first funny thing I've ever seen an NFL fan do.
As you'd expect, he almost ruined it by taking it to levels of obsessive, un-hip nerdiness, but he saved it with the free hot dog.
"Wah wah, we had a bad season!"
Of course we had a bad season, we're Kansas City. We don't do this "winning" thing.
Unless it is just an absolute debacle, the outcome won't matter in terms of the Broncos losing.
But depth is a problem that all teams face, and it's not like there's a Costco with high-end NFL players that teams ignore because they're too cheap. How many teams really have top-flight backup QBs? The Texans are headed to the playoffs with a third stringer. The Bears have lost their QB and RB and they haven't scored an offensive TD this month. Was there some obvious acquisition the Chiefs didn't make?
So to me, putting up a banner complaining about Tyler Palco and other backups makes this guy another dumbass fan who can't tell the difference between bad luck and bad management. When you lose your best offensive and defensive players in the first two weeks of the season, your team is probably screwed, and it's not the owner's fault. Sometimes you just get unlucky. Deal with it.
And really, that sign looks enough of a waste of money that it's hard to feel much sympathy for that dude's wallet. :)
When you're $32 million under the cap, there kind of is a Costco for backup players. It's called free agency. You won't find a starting QB there, but a backup? Absolutely. They could've had Vince Young, Bruce Gradkowski, Matt Moore or Derek Anderson. They could've made a run at Tavares Jackson, Billy Volek or Seneca Wallace.
As stated, I don't think you get to sit 32M under the cap when Palko is your emergency plan. Sorry, they are responsible for fielding shit backups with that kind of cap room. I'm not saying you can get all-stars, but you can do _something_. But Palko?
What the heck happened to David Garrard, anyway?
What the heck happened to David Garrard, anyway?