Nice post. Wish I had time to digest it all, however, it caused me to ponder a small question.......
Using the rationale that HC's are tied to draft picks, especially QB's, should Jeff Fisher be fired for VY?
Nope, I will continue to point out that draft picks are a product of a GM like guy that has a college scouting staff under him that pick the best players (percieved at least) from each class of college players that year and its the HC's job to get them game ready.
If anyones jiggly butt should be on the line for committing huge dollars (most gaurantee'd) for "Franchise" QB's that fail at the next level it should start with the GM, filter down the scouts that evaluated the tape and then hit the QB coach, O-coord and the HC all at the same time.
Of course if you believe that the HC alone is solely responsible for not only finding the kid, drafting the kid, signing him to huge contract with lots of up front gaurantee'd money then I guess I am pondering the wrong thought.
There are always many involved, obviously, an any draft acquisition or in any player acquisition for that matter.
The HC is, well, the HC.
They are at the top of the coaching hierarchy.
So, when things go badly, whether they are perceived or real, and the owner sees a fan base that is going ballistic and things like the seats aren't selling out, the stadium deal isn't getting done, etc.
The HC is the easiest scapegoat on the list.
If it gives optimism to the fanbase, even if it is not warranted, it can help with some other issues.
Now, if the ownership listend to the "fire Coughlin" crowd at this juncture of the season last year the Jints wouldn't be sporting another Lombardi.
In the world of volatile HCing positions you just never know what will happen.
People get canned all the time, I'm guessing it's more common than somebody, like Bud Grant, just stepping down.
Childress mentioned that he is well aware of that risk, it comes with the ground of being an HC in the NFL....or college for that matter.
And just as good of a follow-up post.
You are on your "A" game today my friend.
So what your saying is that because the fan base isn't intelligent enough to understand the complexity of how players are selected, the owner should just go out and shitcan the HC because the fans are yutz's?
Why not use your PR department to educate the masses, get the local sports rubes to write accurate stuff about it and move on.
Wouldn't that be simpler instead of just starting over every 3 or 4 years with a new HC so that you could keep the blind masses happy?
Anybody that has followed the NFL for any amount of time knows that the average fan is a silly guy and understands very little about the game, that is a given.
I'm not saying that they should do that, I am saying that they do that.
Just look around and the HCs that have been canned and gone on to greatness.
There are very few teams in this era that hire a guy as HC and believe in them and stick with them in the long-term.
The Steelers come to mind as a team that follows that principle.
There are many more that do not.
Bottom-line is that the game, unlike the old days, is all about the money.
They can blow smoke all they want about how it isn't, but their actions speak louder than words.
It's like a research I university, they blow smoke about teaching being important...but, when it comes down to faculty promotions the only thing that matters is publications and money brought in.
That is reality, like it or not.
If the negative vocal masses get the ball rolling the HC is dead in the water.
I agree that the PR people should do their job, but, like politics, people read through it and even if they are telling semblances of truth they will not change their minds once they are made.
Hell, look at this board.
If some people think TJack sucks jiggly butt there is nothing that can be said or done to change their mind.
It's all about perception and money.