There seems to be lots of talk about the coaching carousel that’s happening in the NFL and most sports for that matter. It happens to a degree in both college and pro sports; however the NFL is the King Of The Recycling Carousel. Simply take a look at this year alone: 7 coaches and 6 General Managers fired.
I want to start with a definition of recycling:
re·cy·cle [ree-sahy-kuh l] verb, re·cy·cled, re·cy·cling, noun.
Recycle – to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse, to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature, to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration: to cause to pass through a cycle again, repeat a process from the beginning.
I am all about giving coaches, leaders and individuals from any spectrum a second chance and a new opportunity. I’m a firm believer in the 1 man’s trash is another mans treasure, environments matter and people are successful under different regimes and new cultures. I just think it’s important that organizations look to renew and refresh and not simply recycle.
It feels like there is a lot of settling on the recycling front when it comes to NFL Head Coaches. Many chalk the “settling” up to the fact that the NFL Head Coach is an elite and Exclusive Fraternity. Because of this elite fraternity perception/reality, the day a coach gets fired, he’s on the shortlist to get hired by another NFL team that currently has a vacancy sign in the window.
Below are a few of the 7 NFL Firings/Recyclings:
- Arizona Cardinals ask Ken Whisenhunt to fly away… so what? The Bills will be interviewing Whisenhunt to replace their recently fired Chan Gailey. Gailey’s record: a sad 16-32 over the last 3 NFL Seasons.
- After 14 years of coaching and a crazy year both on and off the field, The Eagles dropped Andy Reid like some roadkill… so what? Before Reid could even get his office cleaned out the Cardinals swooped in like an Eagle grabbing some food and appear to be down the road on finalizing a deal. And they aren’t even the only team he’s interviewed with.
- Probably the most controversial was the Bears dropping Lovie Smith like he was hot, although the Bears were a Minnesota loss/Adrian Peterson not making a Big-Time run away from making the playoffs… so what? There are many teams trying to scoop Lovie away from the windy city.
I spoke of this Elite Fraternity known as NFL Coaches earlier, well the 3 coaches that were fired above all are a part of an even more Elite Fraternity… coaches that have taken their team to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, they are also part of a Fraternity of coaches that have been to the Superbowl and didn’t win.
Apparently the Cleveland Browns are not going to go the Recycling route as they have their eyes set on a coach from the college ranks. The up in coming, no huddle, pro offensive, spread master mind Chip Kelly from the Oregon Ducks. I’m all for 2nd chances; however when it comes to the NFL Head Coaches, there may be some better solutions out there. How about taking a risk on an up in comer and giving them a first chance. If you don’t think taking a risk on the up and comer works, look at Jim Harbaugh and the success he’s had with the San Francisco 49ers in just a couple seasons.
I’m all about recycling when it comes to preserving the environment, but when it comes to recycling to preserve the status quo – Not So Much. We Need To Stop Recycling… In The NFL.
What do you think?