Top Ten Worst NFL Off-Season Coaching Moves
Find Out Which NFL Teams Should Have Thought Twice Before Hiring New Coaches
2014 NFL Off-Season
Happy Monday, y’all! I warned you that you ought to be worried if you didn’t see your team mentioned in Friday’s article. Today, we’re going to break down the worst coaching hires of the 2014 off-season so far. If your club shows-up, at least cling to the fact that we won’t know anything for sure until September. There are always surprises along the way.
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1. Among the Cowboys’ inexplicable decisions this off-season was their choice to promote Monte Kiffin to assistant head defensive coach. Kiffin, whose merits include leading the worst defense in the history of the club, doesn’t seem to have the chops to be at the helm as Dallas continues it’s transition from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3. Color me confused.
2. I know we’re supposed to be talking about coaching moves today, but I just have to include the Cowboys keeping Jason Garrett as a terrible decision. Garrett has been mediocre at best (I know some blame falls to the front office, such as it is, but still) and I simply don’t understand allowing him to keep his position for a fourth straight 8-8 year.
3. Jim Caldwell’s new post as the head coach of the Lions makes very little sense to me. The problem in Detroit isn’t talent (they have this guy named Calvin Johnson on the roster…maybe you’ve heard of him), but cohesiveness. Caldwell, to date, has done very little to bring teams together; the Colts, for instance, weren’t able to rally during their season without Peyton Manning and during his time leading Baltimore’s offense, both their running and passing numbers declined. I’m not sure Caldwell has what it takes to bring a somewhat disjointed Lions squad together.
4. Gary Kubiak did not have an illustrious career as Houston’s head coach. Kubiak’s record stands at 61-64 and he was let go before the season even ended in 2013; granted, he was suffering from some unforeseen medical problems, but the point stands. John Fox wasn’t asked to leave Denver, after all. Kubiak’s move to serve as the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator is befuddling given the QB problems and offensive line issues that have plagued the Texans. Also, depending upon what happens with Ravens RB Ray Rice’s legal issues, Kubiak may be in for more than he bargained for.
5. Since I’ve decided to include mystifying holdovers, I don’t understand the logic behind keeping Joe Philbin as the head coach in Miami. Philbin did, to his credit, handle their disastrous season with relative aplomb, but after replacing OC Mike Sherman and GM Jeff Ireland, I think a clean slate would’ve been the best thing for a struggling Dolphins club. I don’t see grasping at straws to keep part of the old, rather ineffective, regime in-place working out well in the long run.
6. Sean McVay, at age 27, just became the OC of the suffering Redskins. The most interesting thing about this promotion is that McVay is actually younger than 17 of the players who will be reporting to him; the dynamics could get dramatic (fortunately, the entire ‘Skins organization should know how to handle that by now). McVay’s relative inexperience, due primarily to his youth, could pose a problem as he tries to right an offense that struggled mightily throughout 2013.
7. I’m not crazy about Bill O’Brien bringing Romeo Crennel on as his DC. This isn’t to say that Wade Phillips would have been a better option for the Texans, but the fact remains that Crennel was fired from Kansas City with two years left on his contract and wasn’t even involved in the league in 2013. We shall see. For the sake of my Colts, I’m hoping this hire is dead in the water on Week 1.
8. Lovie Smith’s hire of Jeff Tedford as his OC in Tampa Bay could go one of two ways. Tedford, who has exactly no NFL coaching experience, could, in theory, come out swinging and turn into one of the most aggressive offensive minds in the league. Then, on the other hand, Tedford could completely bomb and the Bucs could wind-up right back at square one. Smith’s hire was bold, to be sure, but with the offensive woes he faced right before leaving the Bears, I would have liked to see him go with a more tried-and-true selection at OC for the moment. If this goes badly, it could color the rest of Smith’s career with the Buccaneers.
9. I don’t necessarily dislike the Cleveland Browns’ hiring of Mike Pettine as their head coach. Pettine’s tenure at both the Ravens and the Bills has given him experience with the type of tough, scrappy defense that Cleveland is trying to run. My concern is his lack of experience and the fact that he’s going to be calling the plays; an overextended first-time head coach does not a play-off team make. Pettine wasn’t even involved in the NFL until 2002 and his only head coaching gig was at a high school. Furthermore, since Ray Farmer was named as GM after Pettine’s hiring, I’m not confident that the front office and the coaching staff will be on the same page (not that this is new news in Cleveland).
10. Exactly one year after signing as the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, Ray Horton signed on the dotted line with the Tennessee Titans. This makes sense in some ways. Horton and new Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt worked together in both Pittsburgh and Arizona. I don’t dislike Horton, but I’m not sold on him at the Titans. They need a real spark to ignite their D and, while Horton’s past squads have been solid, none of them have been absolutely magical.