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3 NFL Coaches That Didn’t Deserve To Be Fired On “Black Monday”

Submitted by on January 1, 2013 – 10:43 am2 Comments

The life of an NFL head coach can be difficult. Between the early mornings and the late nights, the missed family dinners, and the constant pressure cooker surrounding head coaches as they try to lead their teams to victory, we don’t envy anyone with “Head Coach” on their business cards. But, the worst part of being an NFL head coach has to be the lack of job security. Yesterday, on “Black Monday,” there were a handful of NFL head coaches who lost their jobs and headed into the new year unemployed.

Some of the coaches who were fired led teams who struggled during the 2012-13 NFL season and deserved to be let go. But, there were a few that definitely did not deserve to get canned. We can understand why their respective franchises decided to part ways with them. But, we don’t think they should be standing on the unemployment line as we enter 2013. In fact, we think they deserve to be hired by another team, like, ASAP. Just check out this list of the 3 NFL Coaches That Didn’t Deserve To Be Fired On “Black Monday.” Someone needs to hire these guys immediately.

1. Lovie Smith

Of all the coaches who were fired yesterday, only one finished the 2012-13 NFL season with a winning record. That was Smith. His Chicago Bears finished the year with a 10-6 record and were thisclose to making the playoffs. If not for the hot streak that the Minnesota Vikings went on at the end of the year, they would have made the playoffs easily. Regardless, Smith is out of a job right now, and we can’t help but wonder why. The Bears were solid on defense. At times, they were electric on offense. And, they were right in the mix for a playoff berth. So, why pull the plug on Smith’s tenure now?

2. Andy Reid

It seems like the entire city of Philadelphia hates Reid right now. Despite all the things he’s done for the Eagles franchise—five trips to the NFC Championship Game and one Super Bowl berth—they wanted him gone at the end of this season. So, we’re not surprised that he was handed a pink slip. But, the Eagles are going to be hard-pressed to find a guy who can do what Reid did with the team over the course of the last 14 years. He’ll catch on somewhere else and catch on quickly. And, when he does, something tells us the Eagles fans will miss him—even if they don’t admit it.

3. Pat Shurmur

The Browns weren’t a great team this year. Hell, we wouldn’t even say they were good. But, there’s a reason for that. They had a rookie starting at QB, a rookie starting at running back, and, as a result, they didn’t generate a ton of points. But, by season’s end, they were respectable on the defensive side of the ball and played their tails off for Shurmur. He got caught up in office politics after the Browns franchise was sold in 2012 and didn’t stand a chance of lasting beyond the season. But, still: Isn’t Shurmur’s firing exactly what’s wrong with the NFL right now? A guy gets one or two seasons to implement his system and, if it doesn’t yield results immediately, teams move on to the next guy. And, when his system doesn’t work? Well, you know how that story ends…

See you next “Black Monday” when the unfortunate trend continues.

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  • anhouck says:

    2. You view of Andy Ried is scewed. All those accolades you mentioned ended up in failure. So one could easily argue he missed many opporunites. Plus you don’t have to go very far out of Philly to find anaylsistst that admit Andy was usually outcoached in the playoffs once he got there. Much of his success was during the years when there was an extreemly week NFC east. Give him credit for what he accomplished early in his career, but if a good close personal friedn in JEffry Luire is going to decided you no longer have what it takes, then you gotta believe he is done. Given the eagles have been on a steady slow decline almost the last decade, I do’nt think there is much of an inidcation that Ried will be successful in his new job. He hasn’t been succesful in the one he has for a whil now.. In fact, if you ask him, he’ll tell you he failed.

    We are talking about a man that had such poopr judgment that he allowed a known drug dealer to cohort with his team… possibly distributing steriods, and ultimately overdosing and killing himself on what amounts to a team property. No one who allowed that person to work with the team should get another job in the NFL anywhere.

    I have a feeling that the Egales fans will very soon realize just how bad they had it with Reid. It won’t be hard for the next guy to go 5-11. That would already a move in the right direction for the first time in 3 years.

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