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Coaching carousel winners and losers

Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:41 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:54 pm
Flynn is one of the big winners from the coaching carousel. (US Presswire)
By Will Brinson

The NFL coaching carousel has come to a close with the Buccaneers and Colts the final two teams across the finish line, hiring coaches on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Let's take a look at some of the winners and losers from a hectic offseason. Because if we're not firing out knee-jerk reactions, what's the point?


Matt Flynn: Flynn was already going to get real paid this offseason. But new Fins coach Joe Philbin was his freaking quarterbacks coach. Yeah, the rumor is the Dolphins like Peyton Manning better than Flynn. (Also a rumor: I like steak better than tofu.) But Flynn knows Philbin's system and he certainly has to be more inclined to sign his ridiculously overpriced free-agent contract with a team employing his old coach and his old system right? Even if he's not, he could end up in a bidding war between Stephen Ross and Dan Snyder. That's like a sandwich made of $100 Bills.

Ryan Grigson
: The new Colts general manager still has a long road ahead, and needs to draft well to really get Indy's latest rebuild rolling. But he's got an owner who's setting him up well: his first two decisions (firing Jim Caldwell, hiring Chuck Pagano) mean that the Colts simply need to hire a competent offensive coordinator to groom their No. 1 overall pick and let their defensive-minded coach get to work on installing his scheme. Sound familiar? It should.

Norv Turner: Turner was certainly on the old hot seat when the season ended and somehow he still has a job. It might be loyalty. It might be Philip Rivers' influence. Or it might just be a miracle. Whatever, Turner was a lock to get fired and somehow stuck around San Diego for at least another year.

Steve Spagnuolo: Spags got canned from the Rams job but landed squarely on his feet when he got the Saints defensive coordinator job. They'll contend for Super Bowls over the next few years and as Wilson pointed out, Drew Brees is secretly his best weapon. It's an ideal spot to reload and wait for another head-coaching gig.

Jeff Fisher: Fisher got the quarterback he wants, the personnel power he wants and a big old pile of money when he chose the Rams over the Dolphins.

Jay Cutler: Mike Martz retired and took his seven-step drops behind a shoddy offensive line and no pretense of having a running game with him.

Atlanta Falcons: No offense to Mike Mularkey and Brian VanGorder (as well as his superb mustache) but the ATL just got a major assistant upgrade. Ryan maxed out under Mularkey, and Dirk Koetter loves to go vertical -- having Julio Jones and Roddy White make that an easier task than whoever was catching balls with the Jaguars. And Mike Nolan, quite simply, has a fantastic defensive track record.

Cam Newton/Andy Dalton: The two biggest rookie surprises lucked out big time this offseason as their respective offensive coordinators, Rob Chudzinski and Jay Gruden, didn't move on to theoretically greener pastures. Now Newton and Dalton will each get a full offseason to prepare and should look even better in their second year.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even if Greg Schiano is "the guy," and there's a significant number of people who think he is not, they bungled this search. (For the record, I kind of like the Schiano hire, but it's risky.) They fired Raheem Morris quickly but were the last team to get a new coach in place. They whiffed -- publicly -- on Chip Kelly. They interviewed a bunch of old dudes -- Brad Childress, Mike Sherman, Marty Schottenheimer -- who now probably feel used. An unimpressive effort all around and indicative of how attractive this job is.

Rob Ryan: Think of all the people who got interviews this offseason. Everyone got an interview. Except Rex's twin brother. Think running his mouth and losing twice to the Giants because his secondary couldn't defend anyone ended up hurting his chances to get a head coaching job? It absolutely did.

Mike Zimmer: Also a dude who can't catch a break. Or interview well? Whatever, Zimmer finally got some heat for coaching jobs (it's been long enough) and couldn't seal the deal on anything. Hopefully he'll get more looks but this has a "flyover" feel to it in terms of how much interest other teams will have in Zimmer going forward.

Brian Schottenheimer: Schottey Jr. might have landed with the Rams, but he'll likely be under heavy scrutiny from fans and could see a short leash, depending on how Fisher's feeling. The worst part is a year ago, he was a hot name for a head-coaching job and instead the Jets ran him off while managing to air out some of their respective greivances with the rest of the dirty laundry.

Mike Sherman: Sherman was the leader in the clubhouse for the Bucs job ... or so we thought. Now he's reportedly headed to run Miami's offense. That could vault him back up to a head-coaching gig, but considering he found out about his firing from Texas A&M at a recruit's house (!), landing an NFL job just a few months later would've been a major coup.

Peyton Manning: Bill Polian's out, Jim Caldwell's out and the Colts seem hell bent on cleaning house. The logical next move appears to be shipping Manning out of town as well.

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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:05 am

Coaching carousel winners and losers

Ok, so Flynn comes in and lights up for a ton of yards and touchdowns. What does that say for Rodgers? Must be the system.

Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:31 pm

Coaching carousel winners and losers

@ Teres, GREAT post! You are absolutely correct. Peyton needs to take care of himself, and no team needs to pick-up this major risk. @cindygotti...look at the record of college coaches going to the NFL, and vice-versa. The 2 don't mix! College coaches don't "create" NFL players, they develop systems aeound their best players strengths, and allow them to thrive. That's how you win.....

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:57 pm

Peyton Manning? Sorta.

Peyton Manning won't get his $28 million roster bonus. 

Really, though, this could work out for the best.  Manning already has more than enough money if he never plays another down of football.  Besides, he can still make money on endorsements, and I would bet that the personnel departments of every major TV network that covers football have already contacted his agent to talk about "life after football." 
Manning isn't worth the $28 million bonus right now.  He is injured, and bringing him back is a crapshoot.  I just hope he stays out of the game before he sustains enough CTE for it to affect his quality of life down the road.  Usually, the worst injuries happen toward the end of a player's career.  Manning is still great in his mind, but he might not have the ability or the reflexes anymore to make the small adjustments that keep a good hit from turning into a major injury.  

Manning is a sure Hall of Famer.  He has plenty of money.  He has a great TV career ahead of him if he wants it.  Why on earth would he risk turning his cervical or thoracic spine into a pretzel or his brain into a pile of mush to play one more season? 
To Peyton Manning: retire.  Relax.  You have nothing left to prove to anyone.  Don't risk a compromised quality of life for one or two more seasons of "the grind."  Take some time off and enjoy it with your friends and family.  You've earned it.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:53 pm

Coaching carousel winners and losers

Peyton Manning to the Broncos for Tebow straight up?  =)

I can still dream, right?

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:56 pm

Coaching carousel winners and losers

I'm glad Mularkey & VanGorder are GONE.  as for the Bucs "losing", really?  Have you taken a look  at the Pro ballers Rutgers have pumped out, some very impressive ones under Schiano!

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