It is very popular for sports fans at every level and in every sport to call for the coach's head if he does not experience instant success. After all his job is to produce winner after winner right? The NFL is no different especially for the marquee franchises. That is the situation that the Dallas Cowboys and Jason Garrett could soon face. Fans are becoming disgruntled and some are ready to bring in the next guy, one who will win Super Bowls. Sometimes changing coaches is good, but often it may not be the best idea. Lets look at some similar situations and ask ourselves should we fire this guy.
Coach A was a fairly successful player in his day, including once being named All-Pro. As his career wound down, he moved into the coaching ranks. Starting as a position coach he soon found himself as a defensive coordinator. For six seasons he filled this role successfully, winning championships his last two seasons. Based on this he was offered a chance to become an NFL head coach. From there things started to go wrong. Over the course of five seasons the coach never won more than 5 games a year and even had a winless season. Needless to say the fans were not happy. Both fans and the media wanted to make a change. Would you fire the coach?
Coach B also started out as an NFL player and after six seasons he retired and took up coaching with another team. Two years as a defensive line coach led to a shot as defensive coordinator. Not only was he a success in this role but he repeted the same success with a second organization. Clearly it was only a matter of time until he got his own team. Again that was where things started to fall apart. Over a three year period the coach won a grand total of 12 games. One year produced only a single win. Again fans and reporters felt the time had come for a change of horses. Do we give the guy a fourth season or not?
A different route was taken by Coach C. He played small college ball and thenserved as a graduate assistant . Finishing his masters, the coach moved on to coach high school football before returning to the college ranks as a position coach. From there he earned a shot as a RB coach in the pros. Moving from team to team he coached running backs, receivers. and quarterbacks for various teams before being named as an offensive coordinator. Along the way he earned respect for innovations he brought to the game but never a head coaching job. In frustration he accepted a college head coaching position before finally getting A top job in the nfl. As is usually the case, he took over a team with a history of struggles. His first two seasons produced records of 2-14 and 6-10. Fans saw a continuation of the struggles that had long plagued their team. Was it time for a change?
Ask yourself which, if any, of these coaches deserved to keep their jobs.