More NFL Coaching Updates

herman-edwardsWithin the last 24 hours three important coaching changes have been made.  First and most important, the Kansas City Chiefs fired Herm Edwards today after a tumultuous three years.  He ended with a 15-33 record overall, including 6-26 over the last two years.  I know many Chiefs fans who wanted Herm gone after last year, so I’m sure they’re more than happy with today’s news.

Rumor has it that the Chiefs have targeted Mike Shanahan to take over.  I can’t figure out why Shanahan would want to take over such a major rebuilding project, but maybe he thinks they can have a quick turn around with new GM Scott Pioli.  I don’t see it unless they get a new Quaterback.  Continue reading

Update on NFL Coaching Searches

As of this minute there are five NFL Head Coaching vacancies. The Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, and Denver Broncos are all beginning their search for new leaders. Let’s take a quick look at who the candidates are for each team. Continue reading

Mike Shanahan out in Denver

Broncos Shanahan Fired FootballEarlier today the Denver Broncos fired their Head Coach, Mike Shanahan. This came as a surprise to many, myself included. After this development I listened to several ESPN analysts say that Shanahan hasn’t been effective since John Elway retired. Then I read a couple message board threads about how no Rams fans should want Shanahan for the same reason. These comments kind of got me thinking, so I did a little research.

Elway retired after the 1998 Super Bowl win and the next year Denver went 6-10. Rarely mentioned is the fact that Terrell Davis, who rushed for 2,008 yards in ’98 tore his ACL in the fourth game of the ’99 season. So, add the loss of one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game with the loss of a 2,000 yard rusher and you have the makings of a bad season.

That was Shanahan’s worst season in his 14 years in Denver. After Elway’s departure in 1998, Shanahan coached the Broncos to a 91-69 record and four playoff appearances. Yes, they only won one playoff game in those four appearances, but as we know, the playoffs are a crap shoot and anyone can win. Other than 1999, he never finished below 2nd in the division. Continue reading

Rams Fire Linehan…the season was already over anyway.

Coming as a shock to absolutely no one, the Donnie Averys fired Head Coach Scott Linehan.  I’m not happy about it, I’m not sad about it.  We’re terrible and nothing is going to change that.  Jim Haslett is taking over as interim head, which is fine.  He has experience coaching teams under duress as he guided the 2005 New Orleans Saints to a 3-13 record.  If he can guide the 2008 St. Louis Rams to a 1-15 record, I’ll be happy.  As long as he plays Bulger, anyway.

I had lunch with a friend today and all we talked about was next Spring’s draft.  It’s never good when it isn’t even October and you’ve written off the entire season.  Oh well, at least it didn’t come as a surprise.  The only sad part is that the NFL just isn’t nearly as fun if your team sucks.  At least Mizzou is good.

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