Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams: Power of Players
Jeff Fisher has never let an arrest or character concern bother him. In Tennessee he drafted Adam "Pacman" Jones, Kenny Britt and Chris Johnson. All three players would never fall under the category of Boy Scouts.
I won't single out only those three players, because he did draft Vince Young as well, and the former Texas QB provided Fisher plenty of headaches while he was in Nashville.
Some said, toward the end of his reign in Tennessee, that the players had too much power and that the inmates were running the asylum.
Fisher has already brought a couple questionable players into St. Louis; Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson were both looked at as troublemakers who fell in the draft due to their character concerns.
Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals: Poor QB Judge
Would it be fair to say that Ken Whisenhunt is a poor evaluator of quarterback talent? If one were to take an unbiased approach, he would consider it fair to say that in his evaluation.
Whisenhunt has had six different starting quarterbacks in his five-year tenure as head coach. The only one that succeeded was Kurt Warner.
Matt Leinart, Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton and Kevin Kolb have proved either to be failures or average quarterbacks at best.
To make matters worse, Whisenhunt didn't even see Warner as a starter. He would consistently start Leinart over Warner until the latter's play finally made Leinart look irrelevant.
Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks: Rah-Rah
There no question that Pete Carroll is an upbeat, rah-rah type of guy who likes to keep things light, fun and interesting. He's always been like that, that's his style, but does his style work in the NFL?
It hasn't proven to yet. I can't name an NFL coach who has had that M.O. and been successful.
Keeping things loose and having fun practices are things you can get away with in college football, but this is the NFL, where things are taken way more seriously, and for good reason.
Carroll's Seahawks record of 14-18 isn't looking too good, so if he wants to complete a turnaround, this year may be the deciding year.
Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers: Arrogance
From his days as a player and a coach, at every level, Jim Harbaugh has always known how to carry himself. He comes from a strong football bloodline that oozes success, so a little arrogance should be OK, right?
Well, maybe so, but just ask Jim Schwartz, and he may have a different word for Harbaugh's arrogance. He might use the word "smug."
Any successful head coach has to be a little bit arrogant, or they wouldn't be right for the job. After the 49ers rolled out of Detroit on Oct. 16 last season, many felt Harbaugh let his emotions get the best of him postgame.
But that wouldn't be the first time that happened. Just ask fellow NFC West coach Pete Carroll.
While the two were in the Pac-10, Jim made it well known that he and Carroll would be switching places.