For the last four seasons the NFC East had four competitive teams that would beat up on each other and run over softer competition outside the division. The Giants, Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins all made the playoffs at least once in that span and the Giants came away with the big prize.
This season however, the Redskins and Cowboys are in the basement of the East, and it has a lot more to do with than just their records. Penalties, turnovers and losing to inferior talent are common among these two teams, but the biggest reason is bad coaching.
Wade Phillips and Jim Zorn have drawn the criticism of fans, analysts and in some cases former players. Every day fans wake up hoping that these two guys are gone like a kid waking up on Christmas hoping for that one present he wanted more than any other, only to be disappointed that the two still have their jobs.
The question is which coach is worse. Both are considered "nice guys" and have the support of their teams, but what they don't have is quality wins and in Zorn's case just wins. So here it is; the case for which coach is worse.
The Case for Jim Zorn:
To be honest all the blame shouldn't be put on Zorn. This team is loaded with over the hill players and huge contracts. GM Vinny Cerrato is the worst GM and would be tied for worst if Matt Millen was still the GM of the Lions, but this isn't about him.
Jim Zorn's ability as a head coach is so bad he wasn't even hired as the head coach of the Redskins; he was hired by owner Dan Snyder as the Offensive Coordinator. When Snyder couldn't get anyone else to take the job they promoted him.
Yesterday the players asked Snyder to support Zorn and his staff, which Snyder has yet to do, mostly because Snyder doesn't know how much patience he has left when it comes to Zorn. Quarterback Jason Campbell and Zorn don't like each other, after Zorn spent the entire offseason trying to trade Campbell, which has made the offense a joke around the league.
If those reasons aren't enough for you then just watch this . If you want evidence on the field think about this. After playing the Giants to open the season, the Redskins schedule consisted of the Rams, Lions, Bucs, Panthers and they play the Chiefs this week. Those aforementioned teams have a combined record of 2-17. The Redskins gave the Panthers and Lions their first wins of the season, the Lions their first win in a year and a half.
All of this brings the Redskins to a 2-3 record and a lot of people have the Chiefs beating the Redskins. Snyder isn't one to let a coach play out a season, so if Zorn can't motivate his team somehow, you can bet Zorn is going home.
The Case for Wade Phillips:
Bill Parcells left Wade Phillips a shiny Cadillac Escalade with 20' rims and leather interior. Somehow Phillips has turned this into a Jeep Liberty with stock parts. The Cowboys may not be as bad as the Redskins, but they're not far off.
Phillips got the support of owner Jerry Jones today.
"Two years ago the Giants were seemingly not in disarray, but they were in trouble," Jones said. "It was also absolutely expected that something was going to happen with the coach, [Tom] Coughlin. ... Well, that same year they won the Super Bowl. You've got to be mindful that this is a long, long journey. ... A lot can happen from the beginning to the end."
I'm telling you right now, the Cowboys are not winning the Super Bowl. They might get better, they may even make the playoffs, but they're not winning the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys have more talent that the Redskins, which directly attributed to wins against the Chiefs, Panthers and Bucs, but Phillips' player friendly style has the Cowboys as the most unfocused and undisciplined team in the NFL.
I've never seen a team that will move the ball forty yards down the field without trying then one holding call will freeze everything, and it will happen again and again in the same game.
Every week they turn the ball over on just mistakes. Receiver's give up on routes, Flozell Adams tripping, holding and anything else he can think of on the fly. It's all due to Phillips inability to get his players to focus, because he doesn't push them. Instead of yelling he's rather pat them on the back and say it's ok.
Last week against the Chiefs ws a perfect example. They needed overtime to beat a team that doesn't have a rushing TD, one of the leagues worst defenses and no wins. After the game Phillips said they battled to win a tough game and praises them for the victory.
As a result the Cowboys won't beat anyone with more talent than them because they don't play smart and they don't play hard. Everyone in Dallas is waiting for Jones to drop the hammer and get Mike Shanahan or Bill Cowher in here, but by the time Jones makes a move it may be too late.
Verdict: It's pretty obvious that both of these guys shouldn't be head coaches. At least Phillips was a good coordinator and he took the Bills to the playoffs, although my friend Brian still throws his beer at the TV every time he sees the Music City Miracle.
Zorn was a good player and could probably be a great assistant, but anything more than that is beyond him.
However one guy has to win this two man race to be fired. So ill leave it to the readers; Who's worse?