Jack Del Rio Fired: 4 More NFL Teams That Should Start from Scratch
This move comes at a perfect time for the organization. There is no better time to start from scratch than at the end of a broken season.
Much like the San Francisco 49ers clearing the way for Jim Harbaugh in 2010 by firing Mike Singletary before the year was over, the Jaguars have now cleared the way for an invitation to all the top minds in football to come build their franchise.
The Jaguars aren't the only ones that need a clean sweep.
In my mind, there are four more teams that need to chop at the root of their issues and cut out every single decision maker to make room for a fresh infusion of life.
Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves hired head coach Ken Whisenhunt in 2007 to turn the franchise into the NFC's version of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Besides their luck to have lured Kurt Warner to the team, the vision has largely been a failure to launch.
Whisenhunt was known for having a knack at calling plays because of his successful tenure as the offensive coordinator for the Steelers. He hasn't shown any kind of genius with the Cardinals, however, and the team continues to lack any identity.
The trade for Kevin Kolb is the pièce de résistance that highlights the incredible lack of vision and judgement displayed by the leaders of the franchise.
The Cardinals should start from scratch and forge a new identity before it is too late.
When Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts announced he would return for at least one more season, they also named his successor, Jim Caldwell.
Caldwell hasn't ever gripped me as having any real authority within the organization. He seems to have attempted to carry Dungy's torch without putting his own stamp on the team. It seems as if the Colts lost their leader, and they never found another.
The team has been absolutely rudderless this season. Peyton Manning's surprising descent from the pinnacle has destroyed any chance at hope. Caldwell has done nothing to stem the tide.
Above him is general manager Bill Polian. This season has highlighted his poor personnel choices. The team has been totally and utterly dependent on the arm of Peyton Manning to lead them to victory. Without him, they have proven to be the least talented team in the NFL.
It's time to go back to the drawing board and lay out a fresh sheet of paper.
San Diego Chargers
Remember when NFL legend Archie Manning refused to allow his son, Eli, to be drafted by the San Diego Chargers? I think Manning knows a thing or two about the inner workings of NFL front offices.
Chargers general manager A.J. Smith has been responsible for some of the most talented teams that never learned to play as a team. There must be something in the water out there in San Diego.
Head coach Norv Turner has been on my bad side for many years now. He came to San Francisco as a potential savior for the young 49ers offense, and he gave them one good year before bolting down to San Diego for greener pastures (pun intended).
One of the most brilliant offensive minds in NFL history, Turner is an abominable head coach. His disastrous tenure in Washington should have been enough to deter both him and any potential owner from testing those waters again. But alas, the Chargers were willing, and the results have been as expected.
The Chargers should axe both Smith and Turner and start over.
Howie Roseman. Andy Reid. Disaster.
Roseman treated the Philadelphia Eagles payroll like it was Monopoly money this past offseason. I know, I know, isn't Andy Reid supposed to be in charge of personnel?
Asante Samuel seems to think otherwise. Remember the response he gave after being asked whether Reid had control over these things?
"No, actually I don’t," Samuel said. "I think there’s a power struggle around here. But it’s all good. Like I said, me an Andy are cool. I’m here to play for Andy. He’s my head coach. That’s what matters."
Regardless of who is in charge, I think it's safe to say that nobody is making any good decisions in Philly. The "dream team" has been slain at least a dozen times this season (metaphorically, that is). As a result, the organization has some serious decisions to make regarding the roster before next season begins.
The best way to manage a situation like this is to simply rip the band-aid off and get the pain over with as soon as possible.
A new set of eyes and new minds will make all the difference for the Eagles.