NFL Coordinators Who Must Be Fired
Coordinators in the NFL are responsible for getting the most out of their players, but it's not all about X's and O's. It's an art form that can't necessarily be taught and some men are simply blessed with the gift. Specifically, Tony Sparano proved to be a huge disappointment as offensive coordinator for the New York Jets in 2012 and he headlines a group of coaches that must be fired after this season.
The men on this list either need to go back to the drawing board and start fresh with another team in 2013 or consider retiring for good.
Mike Tice: Offensive Coordinator, Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears have some top-notch players on offense, yet they have consistently underperformed on that side of the ball, ranking No. 28 in total offense.
Jay Cutler isn't an elite quarterback and has struggled more this year than he has since his rookie season in 2006. It's no secret he's been frustrated with Mike Tice at times this year. The two of them have been seen going at it on the sidelines on more than one occasion and it's not hard to see why.
Tice isn't a creative coordinator and, under his leadership, the Bears passing offense has suffered. Cutler's per-game average is lower than it has ever been and only the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets have put up less passing yards than the Bears.
Aside from the fact that Brandon Marshall is having another productive season, the Bears haven't found any other consistent option at receiver. Tice's inability to find creative ways to incorporate them into the game plan has everything to do with it.
Greg Knapp: Offensive Coordinator, Oakland Raiders
Greg Knapp turned the NFL's No. 7-ranked rushing offense a year ago into a laughingstock in 2012. Not only have the Oakland Raiders failed to gain an average of 90 yards per game, but the team has only managed three rushing touchdowns all year long, the worst production of any team.
Sure, Carson Palmer passed for over 4,000 yards but, given the state of the team's defense, the failure to generate a rushing attack has crippled the Raiders in more ways than one.
Brian Daboll: Offensive Coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs
The entire coaching staff of the Kansas City Chiefs needs to go after this season. That said, the way Brian Daboll has ignored Jamaal Charles in his game plan at times deserves mention.
Charles is undoubtedly one of the most explosive running backs in the NFL, and given the sad state of affairs at the quarterback position for the Chiefs, he should have been heavily featured this season. He carried the ball less than 15 times on five occasions in 2012 and under 10 times on three occasions despite the fact that he averaged 5.4 yards per carry this season.
The Chiefs offense never got going this season, and Daboll deserves to be fired for the way he managed one of the most talented running backs in the league.
Dave Wannstedt: Defensive Coordinator, Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills went into 2012 with high aspirations, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The franchise spent big bucks on defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson in free agency and drafted cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the first round.
These three players were added to an already talented group that includes Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Jairus Byrd and George Wilson yet, somehow, the Bills defense was among the league's worst for much of the season, allowing an average of 28.4 points per game, ranked 31 in the league.
Dave Wannstedt struggled to get the most out of these talented player and the Bills would be wise to bring in a more innovative young coach next season; one who will turn that group into the dominant defense it is capable of becoming.
Tony Sparano: Offensive Coordinator, New York Jets
If you've watched the New York Jets play this season, you don't need me to tell you why Tony Sparano must be fired.
Not only did Sparano fail to incorporate Tim Tebow into the Jets offense in any meaningful way this year, but his forte in the past has been establishing a dominant running game, which the Jets were unable to do this year. Their offense shriveled all but shriveled up and died when they failed to grind out yards on the ground.
Furthermore, Mark Sanchez went to a dark place under Sparano's leadership and the Jets offense has been embarrassing all year long. Sparano's lack of creativity doomed the Jets offense to become a byword for incompetence in 2012 and he'll undoubtedly be fired at the conclusion of the season.