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NFL Coach Firings.

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by CoronaDoug, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to Black Monday!

    Browns fire Eric Mangini

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 3, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

    It’s all about how you finish.

    Last year, Eric Mangini’s Browns won their final four games to go 5-11. He was retained. This year, he lost his final four games to go 5-11. The Browns officially fired him Monday.

    “This decision was not easy for me, and it was one into which I put a great deal of thought,” said Browns President Mike Holmgren. “Although we have made improvements this season, my responsibility is to ensure that we establish a program that will allow this team to compete at a championship level.”

    Holmgren thanked Mangini for his work. We’d argue that Mangini may have had his best season as a head coach, as the Browns were better than their record indicated and maxed out their talent. They were certainly improved over 2009.

    “The experience coaching the Cleveland Browns the past two years has been tremendous,” Mangini said. “I appreciate the opportunity that the Lerner family gave me. I have a deep respect for the players that I have coached the past two years and how they have made a profound difference in changing the culture – a tougher, smarter, more competitive, selfless team that never gave up.

    “Our goal was to build a team for long term success. The core characteristics we were dedicated to, I believe, will help achieve that goal, and have provided a strong identity for this football team and have helped to create a positive foundation upon which the organization can continue to build.”

    These press release quotes are usually empty, but a lot of what Mangini said is true. We think the next coach will benefit from some of the improvements Mangini made.

    Let the speculation begin just who that next coach will be.

    UPDATE: We’ll start the speculation with John Fox and Jon Gruden.

    Browns fire Eric Mangini | ProFootballTalk
     
  2. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    NFL coaching carousel: Who's in, out on Black Monday? - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL - USATODAY.com

    The hot seat:

    Miami Dolphins: Head coach Tony Sparano is in danger after finishing 7-9 for the second straight year following a 38-7 loss in New England on Sunday. NFL.com reported that team owner Stephen Ross is set to meet with Sparano and GM Jeff Ireland this week. Sparano has one year left on his contract, but the Dolphins have regressed since he led them to an 11-5 finish and a division title in his first season in 2008. Offensive coordinator Dan Henning is expected to leave the Dolphins, but it's not yet known whether Sparano will follow him out the door.

    Oakland Raiders: For the first time since 2002, the Raiders finished without a losing record. But ESPN reported that Oakland is unlikely to retain coach Tom Cable, who was 17-27 in parts of three seasons. Last year, Raiders owner Al Davis allowed uncertainty around Cable's status to linger well into February. A quick resolution is unlikely, although Davis may have to make a decision by Jan. 18, the deadline to act on a contract option for next season. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who in his first season, led the Raiders to an average of 25.6 points per game, may loom as a potential successor.

    Tennessee Titans: Jeff Fisher, the NFL's longest-tenured (1994) head coach with one team, is under contract next season, but may not get the chance to play it out.
    The Titans finished 6-10 and out of the playoffs for the second straight year, but Fisher's relationship with team owner Bud Adams and QB Vince Young could be the pivot point that turns him out of Nashville. Fox Sports reported Adams will meet with team officials on Monday to discuss Fisher's future. The coach had a blow-up with Young in November in which Young walked out of the locker room a day before being placed on IR. Fisher had already stripped him of his starting job. But Adams, who drafted Young third overall in 2006, has said this season that he expects Young and Fisher to work out their differences. Asked about his status on Sunday, Fisher said, "I'm under contract through next year."

    Cincinnati Bengals: Coach Marvin Lewis' contract is expiring, and he said Sunday that he doesn't know if he will be back next season. The Bengals went 4-12 this season -- including a 10-game losing streak -- but Lewis wants the team to commit to giving him more resources (such as a practice bubble) if he returns. Lewis is mentioned as a potential candidate to fill the vacancy at the University of Pittsburgh. His defensive coordinator, Mike Zimmer, could potentially replace him if he walks. "It's going to be something both sides need to sit down, talk about and agree upon," Lewis said Sunday. "And I need to go away and sleep on things."

    Other teams with vacancies:
    Denver Broncos: Interim coach Eric Studesville went 1-3 after the dismissal of Josh McDaniels on Dec. 6. He'll likely get a chance to interview for the full-time job. But Hall of Famer John Elway, expected to join the Broncos this week as front-office boss, will be directing the coaching search. Among his targets could be Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

    Dallas Cowboys: Team owner Jerry Jones stopped short of naming interim coach Jason Garrett the full-time coach on Sunday. But Jones hinted that Garrett -- who went 5-3 after replacing Wade Phillips at midseason -- will be the choice.

    Minnesota Vikings: Interim coach Leslie Frazier declined to confirm a report late Sunday that he had accepted an offer to become the full-time head coach. Frazier went 3-3 after replacing Brad Childress in November, and looks like a good bet to get a full-time shot to run the Vikings.

    Carolina Panthers: The team confirmed last week that it would not bring back John Fox, whose contract expired after the season. GM Marty Hurney said Sunday that no interviews had yet been scheduled, and a front-runner for the job has not yet emerged.

    San Francisco 49ers: Team president Jed York is expected to allow his new GM -- which could be the role Trent Baalke steps up into -- to hire a new coach. He's reached out to Bill Parcells for advice in the hiring process. And big names such as Jim Harbuagh, Jon Gruden and Brian Billick have been linked to the job. Jim Tomsula, who replaced the fired Mike Singletary for the 49ers' finale, is not expected to be a contender.

    Not in danger:
    New York Giants: Team co-owner John Mara said Sunday that coach Tom Coughlin will return next season.
    San Diego Chargers: Team CEO Dean Spanos said last week that coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith will return next season.

    NFL coaching carousel: Who's in, out on Black Monday? - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL - USATODAY.com
     
  3. CoronaDoug

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    Texans confirm Gary Kubiak is coming back

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 3, 2011, 4:41 PM EST

    The Texans were smart to leak the news about Gary Kubiak’s return to Houston early. That way, today’s announcement that Kubiak would return was met with disappointed acceptance in Houston rather than red-faced rage.

    Owner Bob McNair made the news official at a press conference Monday, also indicating that the team will go after a “big name” defensive coordinator. Kubiak said he’ll start talking to candidates as early as tonight, including Wade Phillips.

    It’s widely believed Phillips is the favorite for the job if he wants it. The new coordinator will have to build almost an entire staff because the Texans deposed three defensive coaches Monday in addition to coordinator Frank Bush.

    Thanks to the unidentified Twitter use who used the image above as his avatar. Inspired.
    Rumor Mill | ProFootballTalk
     
  4. CoronaDoug

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    Report: Del Rio will be back

    Posted by Mike Florio on January 3, 2011, 4:24 PM EST

    After owner Wayne Weaver declined to discuss coach Jack Del Rio’s future and Del Rio’s season-ending press conference was postponed, things didn’t look good for the man who has patrolled the sidelines in Jacksonville for the last eight years, winning 66 games and losing 65.

    According to the Associated Press, Del Rio will return for a ninth.

    It makes sense, in light of the team’s revised press conference schedule. Weaver will meet with the media at 5:30 p.m. ET, and Del Rio will conduct his press conference at 10:00 a.m. ET Tuesday. If Del Rio was no longer going to be an employee of the organization, he wouldn’t have been conducting a press conference announced by the team.

    Thus, Weaver will make the formal announcement at 5:30 p.m. ET and take the heat from anyone in the local media who may be inclined to question Weaver aggressively regarding his decision to continue to employ Del Rio despite three years without a playoff appearance.

    In the end, the move surely was influenced by the $5 million salary due to Del Rio in 2011 and 2012. Also, the possibility of a lockout that stretches deep into the offseason and possibly into September would limit dramatically the access a new coach will have to his new team.

    Report: Del Rio will be back | ProFootballTalk
     
  5. Nomad

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    "In the end, the move surely was influenced by the $5 million salary due to Del Rio in 2011 and 2012"

    Could this be a factor for Spanos vs. Norv also?
     
  6. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    No, the factor with Spanos is that the team is still heading in the right direction. Right now, there are quite a few teams that would take Norv. And what, you want the return of the Mike Rileys?
     
  7. DenverBolt67

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    What team have you been watching? This team has regressed every single year under Norv. How can you possibly say they are going the right direction?

    There isn't a single team in the league that would bring in Norv as a Head coach, not one. This was his last shot, and he blew it
     
  8. JohnnyX

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    Especially a team of this caliber over the last few years.
     
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    I was thinking more along the lines of Dan Henning
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  10. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Ohye Vey! "Billay! Hey! Billay!"
     
  11. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    I find your ability to look at the game as something other than men in tight pants in question. I find your lack of forethought and thought process in regards to the team in even more question. So forgive me if I give extremely little weight and credit to what you see as some trend, or lack of progression. Go back to Madden, at least your cheats will make your team there perfect.
     
  12. DenverBolt67

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    Coming from a guy who calls a team that has gotten worse for 4 straight years "Moving in the right direction". The only people who think this team is moving in the right direction are non-charger fans.
     

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