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