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    Rookie Head Coaches get Graded

    This is from ESPN. Brad Childress gets a pretty good grade & Rod Marinelli gets an F

    "How about the progress reports for the other half-dozen first-year coaches? Here's a look:

    Scott Linehan, St. Louis (4-1)
    He has stressed the running game (third-year tailback Steven Jackson, the new offensive centerpiece, is tied for the NFL lead in rushing) and protecting the football, and the combination has paid off nicely. The Rams are a whopping plus-12 in turnover differential. Part of it is that quarterback Marc Bulger, who isn't getting hit as often in a more balanced attack, has yet to throw an interception. The other part is the aggressive, takeaway-minded defense that coordinator Jim Haslett has installed. St. Louis is flying a little below the radar screen so far, not getting nearly as much national attention as New Orleans, but gets a chance to upgrade its Q rating Sunday, when it hosts Seattle.
    Progress report: Excellent.

    Brad Childress, Minnesota (3-2)
    Maybe even more important than a winning record is that Childress, a thoughtful and impressive guy if you just sit down for five minutes with him, has restored discipline and order to a franchise sorely lacking in both commodities last year. Childress benched two starters (safety Dwight Smith and cornerback Fred Smoot) for violations of team policy. He has preached the importance of running the ball and, unlike his mentor, Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid, has made that more than just a lip-service thing. And the Vikings, ranked No. 7 in the league, have played defense. It was, in fact, two defensive touchdowns that rallied Minnesota from a big fourth-quarter deficit against Detroit on Sunday.
    Progress report: Very good.

    Eric Mangini, New York Jets (2-3)
    Until last week's 41-0 shellacking at Jacksonville, the Jets had been well-coached and surprisingly competitive. It will be interesting now to see how Mangini and his team respond to their first mini-crisis. There has been some sniping about Mangini's methods and philosophies and New York has suffered from not having the appropriate personnel to play the 3-4 front that Mangini prefers. The Jets rank 29th in overall defense and are 28th against the run. Minus tailback Curtis Martin, the Jets have used a committee approach, with three different starters already, and the result is a No. 25 ranking.
    Progess report: Good.

    Gary Kubiak, Houston (1-3)
    The fact that onetime human piñata David Carr leads the NFL in quarterback rating and is taking much better care of the ball (seven touchdown passes and just two interceptions) is testimony to Kubiak's ability to tutor the game's most critical position. Carr has still been sacked more than anyone would like, but that is more a function of a reshuffled offensive line than to his past indecision. The major problems have come in the running game (ranked 29th), where the Texans clearly miss tailback Domanick Davis, lost for the season to a knee injury, and in general on defense (No. 32 against the pass and overall). It's a much more fundamentally sound team, but there are still holes.
    Progress report: Average.

    Mike McCarthy, Green Bay (1-4)
    For all the scrutiny of quarterback Brett Favre, the Packers still rank ninth in total offense and third in the league in passing offense. But there is no rushing game to make things any easier for Favre, who turned 37 earlier this week, and the young players in the interior offensive line have appeared lost at times. Despite spending a ton of money on the secondary in recent years, the Packers are 31st versus the pass. Starting cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson both look as if they've lost a step. If there is good news, it's that McCarthy and has staff have gone into just about every contest with a solid game plan and have tried to adhere to it.
    Progress report: Below average.

    Rod Marinelli, Detroit (0-5)
    Good guy, bad team, miserable situation. Marinelli is a terrific guy and communicator, a man who speaks forcefully yet softly, and makes listeners lean forward to hear him. Alas, leaning is about the only forward motion for the winless and toothless Lions. Here was my theory on Marinelli going into the season: His emotion and rah-rah approach would be welcomed by the Lions if they won a few games early. But if they started slowly, the same guys who vowed to throw themselves on the grenade in camp would quickly lose such inclinations. There have been a few flashes on offense, where the Mike Martz-designed passing game has made Jon Kitna look good at times. But on defense, which is Marinelli's area of expertise, the Lions have only six sacks, the third-fewest in the league. And the Detroit secondary, which is 30th leaguewide, has just one interception.
    Progress report: Abysmal. "


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    Re: Rookie Head Coaches get Graded

    I don't think the main problem in Detroit is the coaches or players.


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    Re: Rookie Head Coaches get Graded

    Childress should be higher than Linehan, we've had one of the hardest first 5 weeks of any team, the Rams have played no one, but htey played Denver week one, and it wasn't the same Denver team that played this past monday night, I don't know if they were unprepared, but it was an entirely different team.

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    Re: Rookie Head Coaches get Graded

    "Freya" wrote:
    I don't think the main problem in Detroit is the coaches or players.
    Millen is certainly an easy target, but he doesn't make on-field decisions and he doesn't throw interceptions.

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    "AWZeus" wrote:
    "Freya" wrote:
    I don't think the main problem in Detroit is the coaches or players.
    Millen is certainly an easy target, but he doesn't make on-field decisions and he doesn't throw interceptions.

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    Re: Rookie Head Coaches get Graded

    "AWZeus" wrote:
    "Freya" wrote:
    I don't think the main problem in Detroit is the coaches or players.
    Millen is certainly an easy target, but he doesn't make on-field decisions and he doesn't throw interceptions.

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    He just signs those players to throw interceptions for him and hires people to make on-field decisions
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