An argument can be made that every NFL coach is on the hook. With a couple of rare exceptions, coaches in the NFL face the constant pressure from fans, the media and ownership, to produce a winner. It simply goes without saying, that there is no better time like the present. Thanks to free agency, NFL teams no longer have a five year plan. Teams that are doormats one season, can quickly become playoff contenders the next, and every year, some NFL coach loses their job. So, who are the five NFL coaches who must win in 2010?
How Long Will Redskins Owner Dan Snyder give Mike Shanahan?
Redskins owner Dan Snyder not only has a history of throwing money at over the hill free agents, but also for being unbelievably impatient. There have been so many coaches come and go from Washington during Snyder’s ownership, it’s pretty much a guarantee that one or two seasons as all you have. In new head coach Mike Shanahan’s case, one season may be all he gets. You also get a sense that Shanahan knows this, as he’s been actively pursuing mid-tier free agents in an effort to get his Redskins up and running with a winning record in 2010. The biggest free agent acquisition in this year’s NFL offseason has to be the Redskins grabbing 11 year NFL veteran, and former Eagle, Donovan McNabb. As for whether McNabb can hide the deficiencies along the Redskins offensive line, well, that remains to be seen.
Is Brad Childress Gone if Brett Favre Screws up Again?
Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress is not only hoping that Brett Favre returns in 2010, but also that he doesn’t screw up again as he did in this year’s NFC Championship. Ahhh Brett Favre, perhaps the only guaranteed Hall of Fame quarterback who could also be called one of the NFL’s All-Time biggest chokers. Brett Favre is not only the most selfish football player in NFL history, but his level of stupidity in the playoffs is astonishing. He continues to amaze NFL fans with his propensity to throw into double and triple coverage, or across his body – as he did when he threw his second pick in last year’s NFC Championship game. Any time my friends’ NFL teams play Favre in the playoffs, I always guarantee them a victory. However, Childress wants Favre back, and true to form, Favre will blow it. However, does this mean Childress will pay the price or if Favre will even care if he does?
Is Josh McDaniels on a Short Leash in Denver?
Josh McDaniel’s Denver Broncos burst out of the gate in 2009 with an impressive 6-0 record. Everyone was talking about the young coach’s enthusiasm and ability to bring out the best in his players. Of course, that all changed when Denver finished 2-6 the rest of the way and ended with an 8-8 record and out of the playoffs. Now, people are calling his enthusiasm, arrogance and questioning the young coach’s decision making. McDaniel sent his Pro-Bowl wide receiver and starting tight end packing at season’s end and drafted Tim Tebow of Florida with his first pick of this year’s NFL draft, when he easily could have taken Tebow in the second round. Nobody expected Tebow to be any more than a 3rd round pick at best, but McDaniels grabbed him, and might have forget he did, as he went out and traded for another first round pick in former Brown Brady Quinn. With a roster full of quarterbacks, someone might want to tell McDaniel that he needs other players for other position. McDaniels might just be carted off the field in a straightjacket in 2010.
Why Can’t Wade Phillips & the Cowboys to Win in the Playoffs?
Sure, Dallas has won the NFC East Division title twice in the last three years, but Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips just doesn’t know how to get his team ready for the playoffs. Over and over again, Dallas has fallen short. It’s not so much the falling short part, as it is the coming out not ready to play. Or, the Tony Romo distraction of him jetting off to all parts of the world to be with his girlfriends. Once again, Dallas was booted, by a team led by Brett Favre (eeesh), in 2009, and another playoff disaster, means Wade is most certainly gone.
How Long Will The Browns Wait Before Kicking Mangini Out of Cleveland?
The coach responsible for blowing the whistle on the most arrogant cheater in NFL history, Eric Mangini will need to find a new goat to blame his team’s woes on in 2010. Back in September of 2007, the then coach of the New York Jets blew the whistle on his former mentor Bill Belichick for videotaping a game between his Jets, and Belichick’s Patriots. That bought Mangini some time in New York, and an excuse for following up the Jets 2006 season record of 10-6 with a brutal 4-12 record in 2007. Of course, it didn’t last as Mangini’s time in New York ended in 2008. Fast forward to last year’s 5-11 2009 campaign in Cleveland, and it seems Mangini will once again be on the move in 2011.