Tag:Coach Tracking
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 5:07 pm
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Panthers hint at coaching hire, labor talks

Posted by Will Brinson

Jerry Richardson held his first full-media press conference on Tuesday in quite some time, and offered to answer any questions the media had about, well, anything.

He discussed the Panthers coaching search some, but primarily deferred to general manager Marty Hurney when discussing potential candidates. Perhaps the most interesting part of his answers was his reaction to the labor negotiations.

"I'm personally not as optimistic as some are that we are making much progress," Richardson said when asked about the collective bargaining agreement.

Richardson is the at the front of the labor negotiations and, as such, has trimmed payroll to lead by example for other owners. Part of that means leaving a slew of free agents out there, including stars like DeAngelo Williams.

Even the most important pieces of the franchise, however, shouldn't expect to see any new money from Richardson and Hurney any time soon though.

"No," Richardson answered when asked if any new deals would be reached before a new CBA.

However, that doesn't preclude the Panthers from stockpiling via the draft, and Richardson may have dropped a hint as to the Panthers plans with the No. 1 overall pick (although that largely depends on whether Andrew Luck leaves school, one could argue).

"I think it would be somewhat unusual for us to trade down in this particular case," Richardson said when asked if the Panthers would entertain offers for the No. 1 pick.

The way he said it, too, seemed to indicate that he understands what the 'Cats need badly (a quarterback) and what will likely be available with that top spot (Luck, a stud quarterback).

One thing seems certain, though -- Richardson wasn't posturing to try and land Jim Harbaugh, Stanford's head coach and the hottest NFL coaching candidate we've seen in quite some time (who may or may not actually be leaving).

Richardson stated emphatically that he had not had any contact with Harbaugh, even at one point reading from the local paper and mocking "sources" that indicate otherwise. Hurney indicated the team would certainly consider a college coach, but they hired Fox from an assistant coach position and, as Hurney said, "it worked out the last time."

Well, it didn't exactly "work out" -- Fox is gone. And apparently could have been gone a while ago.

"If we look at John Fox's tenure, he did an outstanding job in a number of ways," Richardson said. "But the facts are in nine years we had three winning seasons and we failed to have two winning seasons back-to-back."

Whatever current assistant is hired -- and you can all but guarantee that the Panthers will hire one -- better be confident he can put a streak like that together. Otherwise he probably won't last as long as Fox.

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Adams still undecided on Fisher's future

Posted by Will Brinson

The Tennessee Titans and Jeff Fisher are in what's most likely the oddest "hot seat" situation, because of Fisher's lengthy tenure with the team.

So it makes sense that it's unfolding oddly -- Titans' owner Bud Adams released a statement (from Houston) shortly before Jeff Fisher took the podium (in Tennessee) and there appears to be some discord between the sides.

“I met for several hours today with Steve Underwood and Mike Reinfeldt about our organization and where we go from here," Adams said in a statement released by the team. "I will continue to review all aspects of what we do as a football team, including the coaching staff and other decisions that are in front of us.

"There are several things that need to be considered in this evaluation process, including Jeff’s (Fisher) history with our team, the labor situation and other challenges. I have been at this for a long time, and these decisions take time and thoughtful consideration. I will make the decisions that I feel are in the best interest of the team. I do understand the time element involved and would expect to make these decisions in the near future.

"In the meantime, I will continue to be in contact with Jeff and the senior staff for any additional information that I may need."

Fisher echoed the "no one really knows for sure what's going to happen" sentiment when speaking with the media in Nashville.

"I'm in a situation for the first time in my career where there's curiosity regarding my tenure here and I know everyone has a lot of questions here, but it is a process and we're going to continue to discuss it," Fisher said. "We have, as you can appreciate, some difficult decisions to make, so we'll continue with that. In the event I can't answer your questions, it's because we're still in the process."

The crux of the issue seems to be, simply, Vince Young.

Obviously things run a little deeper than that, and Fisher acknowledged that he could make a trip to Houston at some point in the week, but there's a general belief that Fisher doesn't want to coach Young and/or start him at quarterback, while Adams is adamant that Young is the Titans' quarterback of the future.

However, things have changed pretty dramatically since the initial issues between Fisher and Young earlier this year. Two jobs that seemed like ideal landing spots for Fisher, if he chose to walk or was fired, are either filled (Houston) or likely to be filled (Dallas).

While San Francisco, Cleveland and Carolina could also present an opportunity for Fisher if he becomes unemployed, it seems like he's lost a little bit of leverage in negotiations with his owner going forward.

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Week 17 Podcast Review: coaching speculation

Posted by Will Brinson

It's hard to go through today without singing some revised Steely Dan in your head ("Wheeeeeeen Blaaaaack Monday comes!"), but remember, there was still football yesterday.

With that in mind, Andy and I break down all the action from Week 17 and examine what the outcomes of certain games mean for certain teams. Where will the Browns go now that they've fired Eric Mangini? Can Rob Ryan hang around? Who will coach the Panthers? Did the Eagles loss to the Cowboys mean anything for their playoff hopes? Do the Seahawks stand a chance of winning at home against New Orleans? Did the Jets do the right thing in resting their players? And were the Bears smart to play their starters for the entire game? 

All those questions answered (plus much, much more) -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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