Don't give personnel-decision making powers to the coach.
That doesn't work.
Shanahan the coach was outstanding. Shanahan the personnel man made a ton of mistakes.
He brought in bad people. He brought in bad players.
Shanahan the coach couldn’t overcome that, which is why he was fired.
In a statement sent out by the Broncos, Denver owner Pat Bowlen, "After giving this careful consideration, I have concluded that a change in our football operations is in the best interests of the Denver Broncos. This is certainly a difficult decision, but one that I feel must be made and which will ultimately be in the best interests of all concerned.”
The fall of the power-hungry coaches happens. They want it al, and it can't be done.
Tom Coughlin was a great coach in Jacksonville. He just wasn't as good a personnel guy, which caught up to him. He needed a personnel man to make decisions. Mike Holmgren was a Super Bowl winning coach in Green Bay, but didn't get it done in Seattle when he had total control and was still the coach.
The job is too big now. You can't do both.
Shanahan is still a good coach. He just isn't capable of handling the GM/coach responsibilities.
The Jets better pay attention to that when they talk to Cowher, who wants it all. Don't give it to him. It will be his undoing as a coach.