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Pop goes the NFL Head Coach…

February 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Within hours of the National Football League going into full Playoffs mode, it was time once again for the pretenders to discard various members of their respective coaching staffs in an attempt to possibly join the playoff elite next year.

Thus, as you most likely already know, prior to Week-17, when San Francisco dismissed Head Coach Mike Singletary, four other NFL Franchises had already fired their Head Coaches; with Dallas leading the proceedings by punting Wade Phillips after a 1-7 start. This was followed by the dismissals of Minnesota Vikings Brad Childress, Denver Broncos Josh McDaniels and Carolina Panthers John Fox. (Along with his entire staff)

Then just one day after the regular season was over, Cleveland Browns GM Mike “Fuzzy Zellar” Holmgren threw in the towel upon Eric Mangini, while the Oakland Raiders have told Tom Cable his option won’t be picked up, a la Carolina Panthers John Fox. (Hey – just don’t punch me Mr. Cable!)

Meanwhile, the New York Giants Tom Coughlin, Houston’ Texans Gary Kubiak and Cincinnati Bengals Marvin Lewis can all breathe a little easier, as they’ll all be returning next season, albeit Kubiak’s Texans have let their Defensive Coordinator go.

Originally the verdict seemed in favour of embattled Tennessee Titan’s Head Coach Jeff Fisher, who at the end of the regular season was the longest tenured Head Coach in the NFL at 16-seasons. Fisher looked set to return for a 17th season after owner Bud Adams had dismissed the somewhat maligned QB Vince Young from the team.

Yet just weeks later, Adams changed his mind and also dismissed Fisher and has since hired Mike Munchak to replace him in 2011.

And there was some trepidation for Miami Dolphins Head Coach tony Sparano who appeared to be on the cusp of dismissal? Yet the Dolphins will now stand pat after having failed to secure the services of Jim Harbaugh - who took the San Francisco 49ers Head coaching position after leading his Stanford Cardinals to a crushing 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

So you still want to be a Head Coach in the NFL? Where you’d better Just Win Baby… Or pack your bags, as there appears to be nearly a 25% turnover ratio in this High Octane position.

Yet, Tom Cable has since been hired by the Seattle Seahawks as Offensive Line Coach, while Minnesota has taken the interim tag off of Leslie Frazier. Yet I haven’t heard any news upon Denver, Cleveland or Carolina’s Head Coach Vacancies, as I’m surprised that Mr. Holmgren hasn’t inked Jeff Fisher to a contract yet, albeit perhaps Fisher is seeking employment at Carolina instead? Then again perhaps these Franchises are waiting to see how the NFL Owners and Players Association can come to some sort of amicable settlement before the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires…

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