These Men Couldn't Teach High School Gym: 10 Worst 2010 NFL Coordinators
Coordinators in the NFL play a very important role. It is their job to teach men the finer points of their discipline, to inspire the players, and to work with the head coach to game-plan and scheme for their opponents.
The men on the following pages failed miserably at their tasks during the 2010 season. Many have already paid the price and stand in the unemployment line as I write this.
Vince Lombardi, pictured, would be ashamed.
10. Mel Tucker, Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Coordinator
I'm not sure what the Jaguars see in this guy. Amazingly, as of this writing, the Jags are actually working on an extension with Tucker. Their defense has not been the same since he took over prior to the 2009 season.
The organization apparently felt that the 2009 slide was not his fault, so they completely revamped their front 7 in 2010.
Guess what happened? Same results. I'm beginning to see the trend.
9. Darrell Bevell, Minnesota Vikings, Offensive Coordinator
Bevell let things slip away from him. He could never get Favre on his side. He could never figure out how to turn T-Jack into a legitimate starter. And he even had trouble running the ball this year with a talented O-line and arguably the best running back in the game.
Surprisingly, as of this writing, the Vikings had not let Bevell go, but they are interviewing potential replacements.
8. Ray Rychleski, Indianapolis Colts Special Teams Coordinator
The 2010 Indianapolis Colts fielded one of the worst special teams units in the league.
Rychleski's unit put the Colts in bad field position throughout the year.
Like everyone else, he was probably just expecting Peyton to bail him out.
The Colts seem comfortable with having one of the worst ST units in the league, though, because they appear to be keeping him for 2011.
7. Jim Haslett, Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinator
I thought this guy was a defensive whiz. What happened?
He was brought into a situation that was NOT lacking in talent whatsoever.
He definitely did not create a feared defense. The only thing that was interesting about his defense this season was all of the off-the-field drama.
6. Dan Henning, Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator
The Dolphins were about a year late with this firing. They may have cost themselves a good season in 2010 by sticking with Henning.
The Dolphins brought Henning a lot more talent during his tenure and not only was Henning not able to take advantage of the added talent, he failed to improve their young talent at any offensive position.
5. Frank Bush, Houston Texans Defensive Coordinator
Similar to the Dolphins and Henning, the Texans may have cost themselves a great 2010 season by hanging onto this guy for too long.
His defense was loaded with young talent across the board and Bush never got their defense to the point where this team could compete for division titles.
4. Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator
Whisenhunt chose not to replace Todd Haley. Bad decision. His talent evaluation at the quarterback position, game-planning, and play-calling were some of the worst in the league this year.
Whisenhunt needs to bring in an Offensive coordinator and I have a feeling this team is going to flounder until his ego allows him to do it.
3. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator
Suspect game-planning. Suspect play-calling. Suspect player usage.
What does that get you in the NFL? Apparently a promotion.
Many feel Garrett purposely stunted the potential of the Cowboys offense for the sole purpose of getting the head coach position. Whether it was purposely done or accidentally, it was bad offense.
2. John Marshall, Oakland Raiders Defensive Coordinator
I'm not sure what the Raiders saw in this guy in the first place but they've already had to fire him. I thought his defenses in Seattle were horrible.
This 2010 Raiders defense was absolutely locked and loaded to do something special. They were brimming with talent across the board but the most we got was an occassional glimpse of greatness. That falls on Marshall.
1. Steve Crosby, San Diego Chargers Special Teams Coordinator
It's rare when a special teams unit is SO bad that it can keep a team out of the playoffs but that's exactly what happened to the Chargers this year.
Crosby's squad cost his team games in 2010 and it cost him his job.
The only question I have is, 'Why wasn't he fired in September?'