Apparently you haven't read any of my posts.......!!!!!
Some people are blaming two years worth of collapses on the coaching staff. others are blaming the players. Why is nobody blaming Red McCombs? After all, it's his team. He chooses the coaching staff. He determines who plays for this team or not.
Remember in '98, '99, '00 when he actually cared about winning? Now all's he does is beeyatch about neededing a new stadium, hardly shows up at games anymore, sends his daughter to owners meetings, and gives comments to Sports Illustrated and newspapers in Los Angeles and San Antonio that have hidden meanings or are just plain non-sensical.
Let's assume for a minute that Tice is not back next year. Who do you expect to see riding into town on a white horse next year to save the day? Jimmy Johnson? Jim Fassell? Mike Holmgren? Bud Grant? Bill Walsh? No NFL coach will work for the $700K Red pays Tice. Hell, no D-I college coach would. Norm Chow, Nick Saban, Mac Brown, etc.
It's one thing when Ron Gardenhire (Twins), Flip Saunders (Wolves), and Jacques LeMair (Wild) make more than Tice. But consider that over at the U Glen Mason (football), Dan Monson (men's b-ball), Don Lucia (men's hockey), and J Robinson (wrestling) all make more, and women's basketball coach Pam Borden makes almost as much herself. Still think Red will fork out the dough for a top tier NFl/college coach? If you think Mike Tice is the bottom of the coaching barrell, just wait. Be careful what we wish for. We can still sink lower.
Players: Wanna know why we are set to be around $30,000,000 under the cap for the 2nd year in a row? Partly due to the genius that is Rob Bryzinski, but mostly because Red only spent above the league's required minimum. Yes, we got Antoine Winfield, but we could have also had plenty to spare to go after one or more of the following" Jevon Kearse, hugh Douglass, Bobby Taylor, Troy Vincent, Jeremiah Trottier, Jason Gildon, Bertrand Berry, John Lynch, or Warren Sapp.
Only Kearse may have been realistically out of our price range, but not by much. What about this off-season? Think we will pursue a guy like Peter Boulware, or look for more Keith Newman's? Ty Law or a few more Derek Ross's? The man bought the team for $280m and it is now worth $600m, yet he claims he's losing money? Sell's out every game, yet can't put .02 back into the team?
until he sells the team, to somebody local, this is the fate of our beloved Purple. We can hope for Glen Taylor or Dick Shultz of Best Buy, but what about some others? Look at all the Fortune 500 companies here: Target, Best Buy, General Mills, US Bank, Medtronic, St Paul Companies, 3M, Carlson, Wells Fargo 9They are "technically" base din San Fran, but in 1997 Minneapolis-based Norwest bought Wells fargo, and changed their name to Wells Fargo, and moved to San Fran. In the last 4 years, they have moved the bulk of their operations and company execs back to Minneapolis).
Regardless, the point is there are plenty of people or groups of people with the money and means to buy the team from Red, if he drops his rediculous price of $680,000,000. The only hope for this franchise and it's fans is that he does.