Marvin Lewis & Friends: 5 NFL Coaches Who Should Have Been Fired
Just as the 2010 season saw its fair share of both reasonable and unreasonable firings, there were a considerable number of coaches who received a questionable stay of execution. While up and comers like Tom Cable were getting fired for no good reason, so too were the league's bum coaches getting to stay for unknown reasons.
Here are five guys who should be counting their lucky stars that they still have jobs. Lord knows I certainly would have fired them.
5. Brian Schottenheimer: Offensive Coordinator, New York Jets
To some, this may be a surprise. There is certainly room to debate this selection, but I believe Schottenheimer has had his chance in New York, and failed with it.
Yes, the Jets have a young and still-raw quarterback in Mark Sanchez. However, with a wide receiver corps like theirs, along with the running back platoon they had, there is absolutely no reason that the Jets should have ranked outside the top 10 in yards and points, which they did.
At times, the offense looked downright awful, and more than once during the 2010 season they failed to find the endzone at all. Getting shut out by the Packers in Week 8 was a pretty good example of how bad their offense could be, especially on the failed fake punt in their own territory in the 1st quarter.
In the AFC Championship game, Schotty called a pass play on 3rd and goal from the 1, when one of the greatest endzone jumpers ever was in his backfield.
The point is, the Jets rode their defense and good running backs to the AFC Championship the last two years, not their offensive playcalling. Schottenheimer's time should be up.
4. Mike Shanahan: Head Coach, Washington Redskins
Mike Shanahan is a future hall of fame coach, one of the only to win back-to-back Super Bowls, and the man who made John Elway, Champ Bailey, John Lynch, and many others.
If you were new to football in 2010, there is no way you could guess that unless someone told you, because Shanahan coached like a fool.
The Redskins brought him in to give a high profile, solid coaching boost to the team. This "great coach" announced his presence by creating an irreparable rift with the team's most expensive player. He then proceeded to hire his completely inept son as the offensive coordinator.
Later in the year, he decided to go head-to-head with the team's brand new veteran quarterback, Donovan McNabb. Benching him in the fourth quarter during a potential comeback situation against the lowly Lions was the first step towards disaster. Shanahan followed up by flip flopping on why he actually did it, first saying McNabb did not have the "cardiovascular endurance" for the two-minute drill, and then saying McNabb COULDN'T run the two-minute drill because he didn't know it. Each excuse was only more insulting to his star quarterback, especially since the real reason was that he didn't like McNabb.
It only got worse a few weeks later, when he benched McNabb altogether, sitting him down in favor of none other than Rex Grossman. Some might call it insanity, I call it sheer arrogance.
Thanks to Shanahan & Son, the Redskins now lose Donovan McNabb, Albert Haynesworth and a good chunk of confidence and stability.
Shanahan is a prime example of what happens when you are too egotistical to end your career at the right time. He should talk to Brett Favre.
Good luck, Redskin fans.
3. Norv Turner: Head Coach, San Diego Chargers
Norv Turner has had a good run. A couple of No. 1 seeds, a few playoff appearances, including an AFC Championship game, and of course getting to coach LaDanian Tomlinson.
It is time now though, for that run to end. Unable to coach his team to the big game, and unable to control his more headstrong players, Turner has proven he at the very least needs a new situation. The debacle the last couple of years with first LT and then Vincent Jackson has shown his control is slipping. Those who want to point out how often his Chargers make the playoffs should observe that in 2008, the Chargers barely squeaked in with an 8-8 record...not really too impressive.
The team is in major transition; having dumped LT, Chris Chambers, Shawne Merriman, and soon Vincent Jackson, it is probably time for a fresh start at head coach as well. The man who couldn't get his team to the playoffs when they were No. 1 in offense and defense for stretches in 2010, probably shouldn't coach at all.
It was a good run Norv, but it's time for you to go. I also don't think Chargers fans would complain if you took A.J Smith with you.
2. Kevin Gilbride: Offensive Coordinator, New York Giants
As a Giants fan, it is difficult for me to remain impartial for this one. However, AS a Giants fan, I have seen every offensive play run in the last several seasons, and I have seen the horror.
Kevin Killdrive calls the oddest plays at the worst times, resulting in more 3-and-outs than any fan should ever have to endure. What kind of coordinator calls for a dink-and-dunk pass on 3rd and 8? How do you call a shotgun pass when going for it on 4th and inches? Why do anything other than hand off to your 265-lb running back when on the goal line?
The list can go on for days, but the point is Kevin Gilbride's offense was the worst in the league in the red zone, 3rd and 10's and turnovers. His poor playcalling almost singlehandedly kept the Giants out of the playoffs this year by handing the Eagles two wins.
He does nothing for the Giants, and hampers the development of all the young skill players. When a coach is that detrimental, it is probably time to look for new talent.
1. Marvin Lewis: Head Coach Cincinnati Bengals
Marvin Lewis is a joke of a coach. his team has been perennially bad for years, with the exception of their fluke playoff run in 2009. No matter what he ever does, his team manages to be a media circus.
People would say that it isn't his fault that Chad Ochocinco is crazy and outspoken, but I contend that a stronger coach like Bill Belichick or Mike Tomlin would never let those antics fly. Lewis just can't control his players. Even newcomers like T.O question his coaching ability and leadership. Carson Palmer, the franchise quarterback, would rather retire than play another season for him.
He also is just no good at winning. Aside from all the losing records he has brought them, in 2010 they should have had one of the best offenses in the league. The players are not blame-free, but a lot of it has to be on Lewis' poor coaching.
He does nothing but bring the Bengals down, and if the Cincinnati front office has any sense, this guy will be gone by mini camps.