Posted on: November 17, 2008 6:01 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2008 7:22 pm

Coaches On The Hotseat?

Coaches on the hotseat. Life is short for the players in the NFL. It's even shorter for most NFL coaches. We've already witnessed 3 head coach firings this season, Scott Linehan (Rams), Lane Kiffin (Raiders), and Mike Nolan (49ers). The teams below are sinking fast and their needs to be a scapegoat. So let's take a look at the rest of the potential free agent coaches for 2009.

Norv Turner - San Diego Chargers, 4-6 - The Chargers need to go deep into the playoffs. That's why Norv was hired. How do the Chargers figure that firing Schottenheimer and hiring Turner would be an improvement? After all, Norv, as a head coach, has always struggled getting to the playoffs.

Wade Phillips - Dallas Cowboys, 5-4 - Like the Chargers, this is another team with high expectations. Phillips' head coaching career wasn't much better than Norv's before arriving to the Cowboys. Again, why do owners/GMs hire coaches with poor track records and expect them to go deep into the playoffs?

Romeo Crennel - Cleveland Browns, 3-6 - after a 10-6 finish last year and missing the playoffs, the Browns have already reached their loss total from last year. When you go 10-6 and miss the playoffs, you might get a pass. What if you follow that up with a sub-0.500 finish?

Marvin Lewis - Cincinnati Bengals, 1-8-1 - Things could be worse. The Bengals could've actually been 1-9 if McNabb would known about "ties". The lack of urgency on McNabb's part gave the Bengals a non-loss. However, it also gave them a non-win. I'm surprised Lewis has made it this far. After all, 3 other coaches have already been fired this season. The Bengals rebuilt when Lewis was hired. They have 1 playoff appearance to show for it and they are on the verge of rebuilding again. Lewis' time is up and Mike Brown needs to go to. Oh wait...you can't fire owners. There couldn't possibly be any team in a situation worse than the Bengals. But then again...

Rod Marinelli - Detroit Lions, winless - I couldn't even honor the Lions with a numbered record. It doesn't matter. They are bad from the top down. The offense isn't bad with Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith with bright futures. But wasn't Marinelli brought in to fix the defense? The Lions gave up an average of 377 ypg in 2007. This year, they are giving up 401 ypg. And that's without Mike Martz's turnover prone offense to help them out. Matt Millen is gone. Now almost everything associated with Millen needs to go too. Even Rod Marinelli.

Sean Payton - New Orleans Saints, 5-5 - The Saints were a preseason favorite to win the NFC South. There were problems on the defense that were addressed by the drafting of Sedrick Ellis and the acquisition of Jonathon Vilma. But lately, the Saints are falling behind in games and forced to play catch up. Injuries have taken their toll on both side of the ball. I think Payton is the least likely to get fired out of the bunch. But their worst 2 losses came at the hands of their division rivals losing by 23 to the Panthers and by 14 to the rebuilt Falcons have you wondering how prepared this team is on Sundays.

Honorable Mention - Brad Childress - Minnesota Vikings, 5-5 - Childress is fortunate that the division lead is tied at 5-5. A win yesterday could've placed the Vikings on top of the NFC North. If the Vikings do not make the playoffs as a division winner or wildcard contender, then he will have to wonder why he didn't address the QB situation in the offseason.

Mike Holmgren (Seattle Seahawks) is about as lame duck as you can get and the Seahawks are paying for it with a 2-8 record.

Posted on: September 28, 2008 5:10 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2008 5:13 pm

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back; Saints 31, 49ers 17

It's like a dance move...

Only we're talking football here and not Dancing with the Stars. What seemed like progress for the 49ers in weeks 1-3, was virtually wiped out in one game versus the Saints. The Saints did everything they planned for. That's credit to Sean Payton's game planning and the Saints execution. The 49ers, reminded us of last year's squad...memories that us Niner fans wish would just go away. Here are some notes to the 49er coaches.

MIke Martz - What's up with the protection? The Saints were 25th in terms of sack production (4 sacks) coming into this game. They dialed up the pressure and came away with 6 sacks. OK...J.T. O'Sullivan wasn't much help. He held onto the ball too long at times. But takeaway half those sacks and JTO was still under constant pressure. JTO had been hurried 20+ times entering the 4th quarter. The Saints did the same thing to us in the 1st half. 1) Why weren't we dialing up more short pass plays to counter the blitzes? 2) Where was the 2nd half adjustments? It's not all your fault coach Martz. JTO needs to realize that the big play isn't always going to be there and needs to check down quicker. The bottom line is that every team is going to try to exploit the 49ers pass protection. The Cardinals started this trend. The Seahawks capitalized with 8 sacks. Then we shut the Lions down by allowing only 1 sack and affording JTO time to throw downfield. Pass protection set us back on offense today. NO protection and JTO loses rythm and timing.

MIke Nolan/Greg Manusky - Who's game planning on defense? It's no secret that we need to pressure Drew Brees. We did well enough in the 1st quarter with the 6 man blitzes. Why did we stop? The Saints are deep at receiver without Marques Colston. Did we think we could cover all those Saints receivers with our depleted secondary (no Shawntae Spencer or Donald Strickland)? Why would we try to lay back in coverage with these guys missing? It doesn't play to our strength this week. We had a full cast of D-linemen and linbackers and didn't use them effectively (or enough). How many sacks did we get today? None. The Saints fed us the big donut for sacks. I thought the 3-4 was about dialing up those trick blitzes? Of course it didn't help that our D-linemen couldn't consistenly eat up blockers or push the pocket.

JTO - OK...your not the coach. But you are the leader on offense. There was the fumble in the 2nd quarter that gave the Saints great field position and ultimately the TD. You were doing the Texas 2 Step the whole game (and we don't even play Dallas until week 12). You were 0 for 5 on 3rd downs early in the 3rd quarter. AND WORST OF ALL...YOU THREW 2 PICKS IN THE ENDZONE!

To sum it up, 1) poor pass protection, 2) lack of pressure on Brees, 3) failure to convert on 3rd down, 4) lack of scoring in the red zone, and...5) TURNOVERS, TURNOVERS, TURNOVERS!!! These are all areas we showed improvement on the last 2 weeks. We actually took 5 steps back today. So maybe I can't count. I am a little distracted by my teams loss. Excuse me while I go bang my head against a wall.

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