Black Monday, 7 NFL Coaches Get Sacked For Lack Of Performance … US Voters Could Learn Something, Should Have Given Obama the Ax
BLACK MONDAY … How fitting that on the final day of 2012, seven NFL coaches also had their final day with their respective teams as they were fired. The ax came down in a decisive way in Arizona, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City and San Diego as the Cardinals, Eagles, Bills, Browns, Chiefs and Chargers are all looking for new head coaches for 2013. Some NFL franchises also fired their GM’s as well. Other spared their head coaches and fired coordinators instead. Of all the coaches below who were sacked, I am mildly surprised that Lovie Smith of the Bears was fired.
Arizona Cardinals: Coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves are out, a team source told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. The Cardinals later confirmed the moves.
Buffalo Bills: Coach Chan Gailey was let go after three seasons that went nowhere in Buffalo. The defense and quarterback play never improved. It’s unclear if general manager Buddy Nix will remain.
Chicago Bears: In the first mild surprise of the day, coach Lovie Smith was fired after three playoff appearances in nine years, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport first reported. General manager Phil Emery took the job last year and will hire his own man.
Cleveland Browns: The team announced Monday morning that coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert are both out. They never had much of a chance once new owner Jimmy Haslam bought the team.
Kansas City Chiefs: Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt announced the Chiefs have parted ways with coach Romeo Crennel. The team said it has not made a final decision about GM Scott Pioli’s status. NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reported Sunday that the Chiefs are expected to retain Pioli despite a disastrous 2-14 season.
Philadelphia Eagles: Owner Jeffrey Lurie confirmed Monday morning that coach Andy Reid is out after 14 seasons in Philadelphia. The Eagles won’t waste any time starting a coaching search.
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers announced both coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith have been let go. Former Green Bay Packers GM Ron Wolf has been brought in as a consultant to help search for the next leadership group.
Personally, I am a little surprised that the Jacksonville Jags, Dallas Cowboys and NY Jets did not fire their coaches. Jacksonville was the worst team in football, the Cowboys have floundered in mediocrity failing to make the playoffs year after year and Rex Ryan, head coach of the Jets is the most over-rated coach in football.
The American voters could learn a thing or two from the NFL. Coaches that do little to nothing in one, two or three years do not deserve any longer. If Barack Obama was an NFL football coach he would have been fired after 4 failed year. To compare Obama’s presidency to an NFL team, it would have been the equivalent of taking over an aging 4-12 team. After four years of failed draft picks [green energy companies] and disastrous and pricey free agents pick ups [trillion dollar deficit spending] and transforming the football operations for the worse, Obama would have a 6-10 team and still blaming the previous coach for his plight.
However, sadly for the United States we seem to take the hiring and firing of football coaches more seriously then the electing of a president.