The NFL Coaching Carousel

Discussion in 'Archive: The Arena' started by DarthIntegral, Jan 1, 2007.

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  1. EBSaints Force Ghost

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    Profootballtalk.com is reporting that Art Shell was fired today in Oakland.
  2. DarthIntegral Chosen One

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    The Cowher Era is officially coming to a close


    I knew it was gonna happen ... doesn't mean I'm not a little sad to see him go.

    I've got a short list of guys I'd like to see hired.

    1) Russ Grimm
    2) Kirk Frerentz
    3) Ken Whisenhunt

    Although, knowing the Steelers, they've probably got their eye on a little-known special teams coach that is gonna end up being a diamond in the rough
  3. Kavic_Toth Manager Emeritus

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    I'd have to agree. They'll pull out someone that will leave a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering "HUH?!". Then go on to rebuild into another dynasty.

    I hate seeing Cowher go. I've always been a Steelers fan, from the first time I watched NFL games it was the Steelers (yeah, even being in Ohio).
  4. chiss_man Force Ghost

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    I wonder if Art Shell's expression changed when he found out he was getting fired?
  5. Jack1138 Jedi Grand Master

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    Cowher had a good run. He won the SB last year. It took a while. What else is he going to do? The team imploded this year. Injuries, trades, business....

    A coach can only do so much. Putting myself in his situation, I would see it as "I won the SB last year after a LONG struggle, this year we got worked in the business and injuries and I do not want to spend another 15 years trying to repeat that in this high pressure job. I got some money and I want to spend time with my family and make fun of some guys on TV in a comentators spot. I would love to spar with Ditka!"

    :)
  6. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    To whit, with Cowher's time and loyalty to and from the organization, if after a couple years he decides he wants to return to the NFL, we may see him either in the Steelers front office or maybe back on the sidelines coaching Big Ben or whoever else is there in a few years time. :)
  7. Obi-Dawn Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    Wait, his expression can change? :p

    I wonder who Al Davis is going to find for us now...*sigh*.
  8. Grimby Technical Consultant

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    Maybe he'll shock the football world by naming himself the next coach. It's the next logical step in the downward spiral the Raiders have been on since their Super Bowl loss.
  9. ObiWan506 Former Head Admin

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    Ken Whisenhunt is someone who is being looked at by many teams. With all the coaches leaving at the end of this season, I don't think there's any doubt he's got himself a job somewhere.
  10. Lank_Pavail Jedi Grand Master

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    I agree, ObiWan, Ken's almst certain to be picked up, or become the new guy in Pittsburgh.

    I'm gonna miss 'Da Chin'. But if anyone deserves a rest, it is him. I do hope he comes back a few years later to the Steelers, either as a coach or in the front office.
  11. chiss_man Force Ghost

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    I think the specific use of the word "resign" instead of "retire" means Cowher will be back someday. I wouldn't be surprised if he takes a front office role with the Steelers within a few years.
  12. ObiWan506 Former Head Admin

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    He sorta stumbled on that word in the press conference, didn't he? "Re ... resign". It's like he was going to say one thing, but quickly corrected himself into using the word he wanted to use. ;)
  13. DarthIntegral Chosen One

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    Bobby Petrino to Atlanta

    I like the move for Atlanta, on my gut reaction. I think a college coach should be able to find the correct way(s) to use Michael Vick. Not sure I love it for Petrino, who could have built a perenial national title contender at Louisville.
  14. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    It'll be interesting to see if the Louisville fans to Petrino skipping out on a ten year contract in the same or similar manner that the Dolphin fans and critics reacted to Sabin jumping to Alabama last week.
  15. darthdrago Force Ghost

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    Nobody who's willing to acquiesce to Davis' constant back-seat driving. Jon Gruden was the last good coach we had, but he'd made it clear he wouldn't return when his contract was up. Current speculation rests on the team's defensive coordinator (forgot his name). Davis will talk to him soon.

    Some people in the past have said that was a very real possibility. I'd laugh, but I've been a fan too long to know better. [face_beatup]
  16. ApolloSmileGirl Jedi Grand Master

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    It may have been possible 20 years ago. Being a head coach takes a lot of endurance, and a lot of 20 hour days. Al Davis is in no way capable of such a task, at his age.
  17. ObiWan506 Former Head Admin

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    No, certainly not. What about keeping the coaching selection limited to California? Would Pete Carroll make a good Raiders coach? Is that team his style?
  18. Baron-Soontir-Fel Jedi Grand Master

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    But just think of the comedic value! :p
  19. Obi-Dawn Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    Rob Ryan. He's done a great job with the defense and seems to have a passion for the game. (He shows a lot of energy on the sidelines!) He's also the son of Buddy Ryan. I've always like him so if he was named coach I think I'd be okay with it.
  20. TheLighterSide Force Ghost

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    As for the fans' outrage at Petrino skipping out on Louisville, it couldn't have happened to nicer fans, a nicer guy, or a better school! So long, Bobby! Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

  21. ApolloSmileGirl Jedi Grand Master

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    True, it's not like it could affect any more negatively on the Raider's season record.
  22. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    Petrino owes Louisville $1 million for skipping out on his ten year contract.
  23. DarthIntegral Chosen One

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    Wisenhunt to Arizona

    Take him off the Steelers list.

    Looks to be either Grimm or Rivera at this point in time. I'm still holding out hope for Frerentz
  24. Baron-Soontir-Fel Jedi Grand Master

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    *waits for Armenian_Jedi to go nuts if Steve Sarkisian gets the Oakland job*

  25. JediCouncilMember Jedi Master

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    Looks like it is Grimm, Rivera, and Tomlin (Minn D Coord) in the final 3 spots.

    My guess would still be Grimm and bumping up Whipple to O Coord, otherwise he might go to Ari with Whisenhunt.

    I like Rivera too, but if the Bears win he's out of the picture until early Feb, even now he can't come in for another interview.

    I don't know much about Tomlin.

    In SD news, I wonder what will happen to Marty?
    I can't imaging getting rid of someone who goes 14-2, but you never know.

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