Monday, December 31, 2012

Coaching Carnage in the NFL

Lots of head coaches lose their jobs today: So far, Chiefs (Romeo Crennel), Bears (Lovie Smith), Cardinals (Ken Whisenhunt), Eagles (Andy Reid), Chargers (Norv Turner), Bills (Chan Gailey) and Browns (Pat Shurmer) were fired today.

As a Chiefs fan I was not surprised to see Crennel let go. He took over the team as interim Head Coach after they fired former Head Coach Todd Haley last year and was named Head Coach in the off-season. In his first game as interim coach last year the Chiefs pulled off a huge upset, handing the Packers their only loss of the regular season.

But this year Kansas City finished with the worst record in the NFL at 2-14 and will have the first pick in this year's draft. It wasn't just the record but the way they lost some of the games that spelled his demise, as I see it. They tied for most turnovers, least takeaways and worst turnover differential in the NFL. Though they were one of the best teams in terms of penalties, it seemed that every one occurred in a key situation - false starts on 3rd-and-short, for instance. I believe these types of mistakes reflect directly upon the coach.

Smith was probably the biggest surprise, as the Bears won 10 games and were eliminated from the playoffs only on the last day of the season. Whisenhunt's Cardinals ended up as one of the league's worst teams after starting the season 4-0. Though the defense performed well at times, the offense was anemic. But maybe I'm just bitter because I had Larry Fitzgerald on my fantasy team and, because of the team's inept quarterbacking, he had a horrible season.

The Eagles probably kept Andy Reid around two seasons too long and Chargers management finally caught up with their fans, who have been unhappy with Turner for many years. The Bills and Browns are cursed franchises that can't seem to find the right formula.

I still expect Rex Ryan of the Jets to be fired after the team hires its new GM. Actually I was surprised he made through last off-season.

It's already shaping up to be an interesting off-season. And spring training starts in less than two months with the Tigers having shored up their outfield by adding Torii Hunter...

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