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As Black Monday Approaches…

The Monday following week 17 in the NFL.  They call it black Monday, as well intentioned head coaches across the league get axed.  And with the head goes the body, as coordinators are subsequently terminated, too.

It’s a dark day for sure, but a necessary evil.  The firing of a coach, and the hiring of a new one, can bring hope to a team and city that is desperately fighting to stay competitive.  Let’s see who’s 2009 just might begin in the unemployment line:

1.  Marvin Lewis:  The head coach of the Bengals was hired a few years ago, and it seemed like a perfect fit.  Having coached for the dominant Ravens as a defensive coordinator, he seemed to be a slam dunk to help ressurect this putrid franchise.  His high moment was leading the Bengals to an 11-5 record, but since then he has been an enabler.  He encouraged Chad Johnson’s absurd antics, then got upset about them years later.  He consistently gave guys like Chris Henry second chances, and helped build a criminal reputation for Cincinnati.

Verdict:  Lewis should be fired.

2.  Herman Edwards

Edwards Thinks About His Future

Edwards Thinks About His Future

Edwards did a solid job while he was in New York.  He came to Kansas City and inherited a good team from Dick Vermeil.  But injuries to key players like Priest Holmes and Trent Green, along with retirements of guys such as Willie Roaf, have hurt this team’s development.  The regression of Larry Johnson has been hard to watch, and Herm certainly isn’t going to win many games with a combo of Croyle and Thigpen.  Afterall, you “play to win the game.”

Verdict:  A new GM coming in spells doom for Edwards.  Fired.

3.  Romeo Crennel:  Romeo was brought in to add some respect to this franchise.  Coming off three Superbowl wins as a coordinator in New England, Romeo certainly had the hardware to earn respect from coaches and players alike.  But in four seasons with Cleveland, he has only had one winning season.  And though he arrived to a team that was devoid of any talent at all, his team this season has signifcantly underacheived.  And with reports that defensive lineman Shaun Smith cold-cocked Brady Quinn last week, one has to wonder if Crennel has lost the team.  His lack of discipline towards Edwards’ drops, too, is cause for concern.

Verdict:  Dead man walking.

4.  Rod Marinelli:  What more can you say?  Awful team.  Devoid of talent.  And a coach seemingly living in denial.  He seems like a good enough guy, but this franchise is atrocious.

Verdict:  Doesn’t completely deserve to be fired, as he was doomed to fail from the start.  This entire franchise, though, needs to be blown up.  From the owner down to the valet.

5.  Tom Cable & Jim Haslett:  These interim coaches will, of course, get a raw deal.  Inheriting poor teams after their bosses were fired mid-season, Cable and Haslett don’t have a whole lot to work with.

Verdict:  Definitely fired.  Especially Cable.  It’s Al Davis, remember?

6.  Wade Phillips:  This is completely dependent on Sunday.  If they win and get in, all could be forgiven.  But you know Jerry Jones wants to win–and win now.  He’s dying to win another Superbowl, and the Cowboys have disapponted for years.  Phillips is a nice enough guy, but he’s soft.  That’s his reputation.  He’s not tough enough to handle TO’s diva-esque drama.  And the team overall has too much talent to seem so mediocre.  Someone has to be the fall guy.

Surprise Verdict:  Fired.

Who do you expect to be fired come Monday morning?

December 27, 2008 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment