12-22-2013, 07:55 PM #21
12-23-2013, 06:05 AM #22
12-25-2013, 01:52 AM #23
Frazier seems like a nice guy, but I think Terry Bradshaw said it best when he was talking about all the coaches in the league that have no respect from their players. Friendship, affection, yes, respect no. He said they do not belong in HC positions.
Players should see their lack of production as an embarrassment, and a potential job killer; not an opportunity to throw a temper tantrum on twitter. There is ZERO fear in our players of their HC; he is their friend, remember?
players lose their job when they perform badly, and HCs lose their jobs when the team performs badly. How have we forgotten this? Accountability is #1 in importance, and there is very little in our team, like many others.Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
~Napoleon Bonaparte on Politics
The stage for his firing was set in the preseason as far as I am concerned. Frazier went into the pre season by anointing Ponder as the starter and not mandating that he earn the position through his play. Then, during the pre season when many of us were questioning him on why he was treating Ponder like he was a proven commodity and giving him more pre season reps to get the offense on track he assured everyone that once the season started they would be ready to go and the offense would click.
In the first game it became totally obvious that he didn't know what he was talking about and that he grossly overestimated how prepared the team was to play at an NFL level and that is when the "Watch the tape, fix some things" era kicked off.
The fact is there were problems with the team that the average Rube could see and call out, yet the HC either couldn't see it himself or he did nothing to correct the problem and stubbornly stuck to a roster and schemes that were ineffective and inefficient.
This was probably never a SB roster no matter who was the coach but with the proper coaching the talent on this roster could have and should have won the division in a year where the top teams had QB troubles of their own. For that reason there is no correct solution except to change the coaching staff completely. I would also like to change the GM and the Owner but that doesn't look too likely.
12-25-2013, 10:32 AM #25
12-25-2013, 10:33 AM #26
I really believe we will have a new HC for 2014. I really like the Bengals DC. We need a HC that brings accountability & attitude. With that said, it's such a crap shoot. Will he bring in a OC that will take advantage of AP, Patterson, Jennings & Rudolph? Will he bring in a DC that can make the right adjustments? How bout Shannahan? Good chance he will be available in 2014. I really like Bellicheck too. I just hope the Vikes front office puts egos aside and picks a head coach that can finally take us to the promise land.
12-25-2013, 10:34 AM #27
Also... what happened to all of the Rick Speilman love from the off season. I remember being insulted because I pointed out that he was an imbecile. Where has the unwavering support gone?
12-25-2013, 12:06 PM #28Coordinator
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There has been some recent noise about the role of continuity, stability, and longevity of front office and coaching staffs in the NFL.
And while it would appear that successful franchises have that long term stability in their staffs, it is ridiculous to think that continuity alone is responsible for that success. In fact it is the other way around. Success and a talented staff leads to longevity and continuity.
It is foolish to stand behind an inferior staff with the hope that continuity or longevity will somehow transform the team to championship form.
Bring in the right talent, longevity, continuity, and success will follow.
If all that was forced on him he should have quit straight up and walked away. If he stayed anyway and that was the case then he has no spine and I don't want him.
12-26-2013, 01:50 PM #30
I think Ponder will likely be on the team next year, as a backup. His contract is 100% guaranteed, so unless we can trade him he will count for 3.2 million in cap space whether we keep him or cut him. He's essentially a free player.