NFL: 4 Coach-for-Player Trades That Should Happen
Ozzie Guillen's rights being traded to the Florida Marlins on Monday is odd but not unprecedented. The outspoken manager agreed to a four-year deal with Florida as he could not lock up an extension with the Chicago White Sox.
It's too bad that more of these moves do not occur throughout all sports. A trade like what happened with Guillen is entertaining for all and it can rejuvenate fan bases.
These coaches are in tough positions with their current teams and each party could use a change. Here are four coach-for-player moves that should be made.
Todd Haley for Daniel Thomas and a Draft Pick
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Another Miami team that needs change, the Dolphins will eventually look to replace Tony Sparano soon enough. Todd Haley's future will be non-existent if the Chiefs keep playing like they have in the first three weeks.
The move makes sense for both parties. Haley is a Bill Parcells disciple as the front office still has the majority of their employees from Parcells' tenure.
A better rushing attack could be implemented by Haley and the staff he would bring in, while their current defense is already a 3-4, the same system that is installed with Kansas City.
Daniel Thomas underperformed in the Dolphins' camp, and the Chiefs could use a long-term power back to compliment Jamaal Charles. Character questions likely wouldn't restrict Scott Pioli from making this move if it was possible, as he selected wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin in the first round.
Jim Caldwell for Jimmy Clausen
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The Carolina Panthers have their quarterback for years to come in Cam Newton. Jimmy Clausen isn't in the teams' plans as a possible starter and the former Notre Dame thrower won't want to be a definite second stringer for his future.
Jim Caldwell is coaching a bad team right now in Indianapolis and the Colts could look elsewhere, especially if Peyton Manning doesn't come back. Caldwell would be Carolina's quarterback coach, a role he's familiar with.
Caldwell was the quarterback coach for Peyton Manning before he was hired as head coach (not to mention he coached Wake Forest from 1993 to 2000) and his skills could be used to help Newton grow as an NFL passer. Rather than just firing Caldwell, the Colts could get something for his services.
Indianapolis needs a future starter as Manning's neck injury is career threatening. Kerry Collins won't be around and Curtis Painter certainly isn't what the Colts have hoped he'd be.
Another scenario for Indianapolis would be to get another Notre Dame quarterback in Brady Quinn from Denver or Tim Tebow. However, it wouldn't make much sense for the Broncos as there isn't a young quarterback with the team for Caldwell to groom.
Jack Del Rio for Michael Bennett and a Draft Pick
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Tampa Bay has been drafting young defensive linemen in the past two drafts and Raheem Morris could use some help in getting the players to realize their potential. Jack Del Rio is a linebackers guy but the more defensive help, the better. Gerald McCoy, Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers could be a nice combination up front for years.
Michael Bennett has started the first three games for the Buccaneers at defensive end. The Jaguars could use help in the sack category and a 25-year-old emerging player would be a better project than the team has taken on before with players like Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves.
The issue with this deal would be that the Buccaneers wouldn't give up a young starter for Jack Del Rio, a coach who will likely be fired if the Jaguars don't have a winning record.
Tony Sparano for Brad Smith and a Draft Pick
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The hardest thing to imagine here would be that a team would clean their hands of a coach by trading him within to a division rival.
With that said, this move would make sense for both sides. Tony Sparano wouldn't serve as Buffalo's head coach but as defensive help. He runs a 3-4 scheme that the Bills are trying to prefect.
If this deal happened, it could be thought of as protecting an investment for Buffalo as the team just selected 3-4 defensive lineman Marcell Dareus third overall.
Brad Smith can run the wildcat as well as anyone in the league. Buffalo's receiving options have proven to be better than projected coming into 2011 and Miami wouldn't mind picking up Smith's price tag.
Even if the Dolphins drop the wildcat, Smith would still provide explosiveness to an offense that needs it. He'd also serve as a backup quarterback.
A draft pick would be chipped in by the Bills because of the money the Dolphins would be taking on from Smith's contract. Chan Gailey would continue to get his offense to run the ball effectively while Sparano would get the defense to stop it.