4 Fanbases Ready to Turn on Their Head Coaches
We've made it six weeks into the 2012 NFL season, and while fans of teams such as the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans have to be fairly happy with how things have progressed, fans of some NFL clubs have already begun digging the pitchforks and torches out of their closets.
It's those disgruntled fanbases that will have a chance to air their grievances here, with a look at the four groups of fanbases that are ready to start pelting their head coach with tomatoes.
Which Andy Reid would probably eat.
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When you mention fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, many words spring to mind, and "patient," "reasonable" and "level-headed" are nowhere to be found on that list.
So, it's not hard to imagine that after a very uneven 3-3 start that has featured the NFL's most turnovers and third-fewest sacks that Eagles fans are beginning their seemingly annual ritual of grumbling about head coach Andy Reid.
Reid apparently understands this, and he took steps to mollify the natives, axing defensive coordinator Juan Castillo on Tuesday according to Nate Davis of USA Today.
"We're six games into the season and average isn't good enough," Reid said. "I know the potential of our team and insist on maximizing it."
Never mind that it was Reid's bright idea to hire an offensive line coach as his defensive coordinator to begin with.
Kansas City Chiefs
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It may not be entirely fair to blame head coach Romeo Crennel for the Kansas City Chiefs' dismal 1-5 start, which hit a new low in last Sunday's 38-10 blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In fact, most of the vitriol in Kansas City appears to be directed at the architect of this monstrosity of a football team.
General manager Scott Pioli was actually rumored to be in talks with the Chiefs about a contract extension, but as Jason Whitlock of FOX Sports reports after Sunday's drubbing, that's not exactly what Chiefs fans have in mind.
Kansas City’s fan base is frustrated and motivated. A group of fans started a Twitter feed @saveourchiefs dedicated to getting Scott Pioli fired. In two weeks, the feed has amassed 73,000 followers. Last week the group flew a banner over Arrowhead Stadium demanding that Pioli be fired and Cassel be benched. They’re planning more activity for KC’s next home game on Oct. 28. (I donated $600 to their cause. I’m a Chiefs fan.)
Unfortunately for Crennel, a new general manager usually means a new head coach. Just how it works.
San Diego Chargers
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It was all going so well, too.
At halftime of Monday night's game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers, the Bolts held a 24-0 lead and appeared well on their way to a two-game lead in the division entering their bye week.
However, leave it to head coach Norv Turner to find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
A coach that has presided over more collapses than a Wall Street hedge fund manager outdid himself this time, as the Chargers made Monday night history by allowing five unanswered second-half touchdowns in a 35-24 loss.
Turner, for his part, accepted responsibility for the faceplant, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.
“If you want to make this about somebody,” he added, “it's not about one of the guys in there. Make it about me.”
Oh they will, Norv. Believe that.
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I don't know if it's necessarily accurate to include Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur on this list, if only because I don't know if Cleveland fans have the energy to turn on anyone anymore.
Once again the Browns are one of the worst teams in the National Football League, and this past weekend, the Browns became the last team in the league to notch their first win of the season by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals.
With that said, Shurmur's days may well be numbered anyway.
The sale of the team to Jimmy Haslam became official on Tuesday, and the proverbial ink wasn't even dry before ESPN reported that team president Mike Holmgren will be leaving the team.
The Browns' .263 winning percentage since Holmgren took the reins may have had something to do with that, and odds are, a new regime is going to want their own man prowling the sidelines.