By: Monte Perez
In keeping with the Holiday spirit, this articles theme is Festivus. For those of you who don’t know what Festivus is… it is a holiday created by George Costanza’s father (Frank Costanza on the hit TV show Seinfeld) where you tell all your loved ones how they have disappointed you over the past year. Or as Frank says, “The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!” This is exactly how I feel about certain NFL coaches. Now, most writers/broadcasters say, “They never want to see someone lose their jobs.” I disagree whole heartedly. We all work with people who are incompetent or lazy at their jobs but they never get called out in it. I don’t have many pet peeves in life but being bad at your job is one of them. I don’t care what happens in the last game of the season. You are what your record is and the writing is on the wall for some of these organizations. I am the Sports Whisperer for a reason. Almost all my predictions come true… I hope these teams follow my advice. Here are 5 coaches that need to be fired ASAP!
Jim Caldwell (Detroit Lions):
There are 7 Wonders of the World:
Great Pyramid of Giza
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Colossus of Rhodes
Lighthouse of Alexandria
Jim Caldwell getting a head coaching job in the NFL is the 8th Wonder of the World. Caldwell was 23-63 as the head coach of Wake Forrest, including a conference record of 12-52. His reward for being awful, a job in the NFL. Caldwell took a Super Bowl winning Indianapolis Colts team and ran them into the ground. In his first year they went 14-2, 10-6, to 2-14 before he was fired. Last season Detroit went 11-5 and now they are 6-9. This team will continue to erode and be below average as long as Caldwell is running the show on the sidelines. The only reason he had success was because of Peyton Manning. He is a glorified coordinator at best. The Lions should fire him ASAP or they will be mired in mediocrity.
Jason Garrett (Dallas Cowboys):
Here is Garrett’s record year by year… 5-3, 8-8, 8-8, 8-8, 12-4 and 4-11. Why does he still have a job? I know the Cowboys lost Romo this year but good coaches like Bill Belichick and Mike Tomlin continue to win when their starting quarterback has missed games. (The Year Tom Brady got injured the Patriots went 11-5). So even if you want to throw out this season, what has Garrett done well over the years? A combined record of 44-42 shows who he is… average. Jerry Jones should fire him ASAP or the Cowboys will continue to not miss the playoffs year after year.
Mike Pettine (Cleveland Browns):
Pettine was 7-9 last year and overachieved, this year they are 3-12. Part of the problem is the Browns as an organization… They are beyond dysfunctional. Having Johnny Manziel as your quarterback doesn’t help matters much either. Against two very good defensive teams (Seattle and Kansas City) Manziel was 32 for 64 with a total of 297 yards, two touchdowns and 1 interception. Going into a game with Maziel as your quarterback is like going deep into the ocean not really knowing how to swim… It will be a constant struggle. Bill Belichick was 36-44 as the Browns head coach. If he can’t win there, NO ONE CAN! Browns should Fire Pettine, if not he should quit.
Tom Coughlin (New York Giants):
On Sunday Night against the Minnesota Vikings, the Giants were embarrassed 49-17. I am not jumping on the bandwagon about firing Coughlin, I wrote about it last year. Say it out loud, the Giants will miss the playoffs 6 out of the last 7 years. The last four season the Giants had a record of 9-7, 7-9, 6-10 and are now 6-9. Plenty of Giants fans have come to Coughlin’s defense this season. Okay, throw this season out the window, New York still missed the playoffs 5 out of 6 years under Coughlin. I know he won 2 Super Bowls but that is not who he is today. Bringing up those Championships is like a high School Prom king talking about high school when he is now 450lbs and lives in his parent’s basement… Get out of the past!!! Thank you Tom, but it is time for a new voice and a time to go in a different direction.
Rex Ryan (Buffalo Bills):
When Rex Ryan got hired by the Bills I wrote it was a terrible hire. By taking that job, Rex refused to grow and evolve. The Bills were loaded on defense and struggled offensively. To Buffalo’s credit, they went out and upgraded the offense. They acquired RB, LeSean McCoy, TE Charles Clay and QB Tyrod Taylor. Besides the Bengals and Cardinals, Buffalo has the most talented roster on both sides of the ball in the NFL. Yet, their record is worse than last year. The Bills were 9-7 in 2014 and are 7-8 going into the final game of the season. I don’t care if Rex beats the Jets, they need to cut ties off immediately. This will be the 5th straight year his team hasn’t made the playoffs. Tell me again, (Rex supporters) how he is a great defensive coach? Last year, without him, they were first in sacks (54), this year they are 31st (20). They are 23 in yards allowed and 16th in points scored. Rex’s team is beyond undisciplined and they are last in the league in penalties (they average 9.3 per game.) I warned Bills fans not to “buy what Rex was selling.” His mentality of “We are going to bully you and ground and pound” is straight out of the 1980s. I have seen this act for 6 years with the Jets. Bad penalties, blown timeouts in the first and second half and horrible in game decisions. Teams have adjusted to his basic blitz packages and he is NOT A GOOD DEFENSIVE COACH. That was supposed to be his strength… but it isn’t .When Rex beat the Jets earlier this season… He acted like he won the Super Bowl… That is the closet he will ever get to coaching in one. Bills should fire the “used car salesman ”ASAP.
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