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Monday Musings: Hot seats get hotter for coaches

Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:48 pm

The coaching seats are getting steaming hot under the butts of Jack Del Rio, Andy Reid and Norv Turner.

My guess is this: Turner and Del Rio get fired, but Reid stays.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver basically said the decision on Del Rio is for another time, but that time will come after the season. Del Rio had to get to the playoffs to save his job, and he doesn't exactly have a great reputation with people inside the building.

The Jaguars need to hire an offensive coach to help Blaine Gabbert develop. One name that is possible: Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. 

In San Diego, it's hard to imagine Turner coming back after his team has lost six straight games. Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher would make sense as a replacement and I could see the Jaguars also talking to Fisher.

Reid is hurt by the Dream Team talk before the season. But hasn't he built up enough cache' to warrant coming back. I know Eagles fans want him gone, but I think he comes back for another year.

Other firings that might happen: Jim Caldwell (Colts), Tony Sparano (Dolphins), Todd Haley (Chiefs) and Steve Spagnuolo (Rams).

The problem is there aren't many candidates as replacements out there -- especially on offense. Some defensive guys who could get shots are Rob Ryan (Cowboys defensive coordinator) and Chuck Pagano (Ravens defensive coordinator).

----DeSean Jackson needs to grow up. His season-long pouting about not getting a new contract has cost him millions. It's also affected his play. He dropped two touchdown passes against the Patriots Sunday and was actually benched. I love the kid's speed, but when he hits the free-agent market this spring teams will shy away from him because of his attitude. Even when the Eagles didn't give him a new deal, why didn't he just go in and work to get one? That was really stupid, if you ask me.

---So Drew Rosenhaus says some team wants to sign Terrell Owens. As somebody sent me on Twitter: Does he mean a legal team? Owens is in hot water for allegedly not paying his child-support payments. Owens looked like he was a broken-down racehorse at his workout in California. Who wants that as their receiver? Move on, go the Hall, and that's that.

---So let me see: If Devin Hester is already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, should we start getting a bust ready for Patrick Peterson? The Arizona Cardinals rookie corner now has four punt returns for touchdowns this season, tying a league record. All of them have been over 80 yards, the first time that's happened. That's why we have to slow down on the Hester-to-the-Hall talk.

---I really like Bills receiver Stevie Johnson. He's one of those self-made players who has developed into a big-time player. But he crossed the line when he mocked Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg. There's no way he could justify that. Johnson apologized, and I'm sure he will do the same to Burress, but he cost his team 15 yards that led to a Jets touchdown. You have to be smarter than that.

---Why does it always seem like it's "Good Rex, Bad Rex" for Rex Grossman. He throws for 314 yards and two touchdowns against Seattle, but he's picked off twice on bad throws that make you wonder what he's doing. Give him credit because he made the play to win the game. Good Rex, Bad Rex.

---After being tight end-oriented the past few weeks, the Patriots got their receivers involved against the Eagles. Wes Welker had eight catches for 115 yards and two scores, while Deion Branch had six catches for 125. That's big for the Patriots moving forward. If only they had some deep speed.

---Down 10 late in the game against Atlanta, the Vikings faced a fourth-and-goal from the 1. So coach Leslie Frazier opted to go for it. Why? You need to get a field goal somewhere. The Falcons stuffed the play, and the Vikings were done. By not getting the field goal there, the Vikings ended their chances. I see coaches do that all the time. Take the field goal.

---It had to infuriate the Bills seeing former first-round pick Aaron Maybin getting two sacks for the Jets against them Sunday. The Bills cut Maybin this year and that's by a team that has pass-rush issues.

---Von Miller, get that shelf ready for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. It is yours. His play to stuff a third-down run behind the line helped the Broncos force the Chargers into attempting a 53-yard field goal in overtime instead of one under 50. Nick Novak missed the kick and the Broncos went from there and won it.

---I know Matt Hasselbeck threw the game-winning score for the Titans against the Bucs, and they are 6-5, but I see too many issues. Aqib Talib picked him off and went for a touchdown on a throw young quarterbacks make, not veterans like him.

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Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:22 pm

Monday Musings: By the little man Pete Prisco

A chicken manure thread by the 5ft nothing Pete Prisco and no snipe at Tebow?? Shocking, just shocking!!! I guess just like Hoge, you're tired of looking like a complete idiot. Too funny!
Remember Pete, you will always be a mental & physical midget!

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:24 pm

Monday Musings: Hot seats get hotter for coaches

why shouldnt devin hester get into the hall?  dont say hes one dimentional.  all quarterbacks do is throw.  running backs just run.  none play defense in addition to offense. 

what he does, josh cribbs does and now patrick peterson does is change ball games.  cleveland is one team definitely hurt by the new kickoff rules.  not saying the browns would be undefeated, but their record may be better with better field position.

the voters of the hall of fame need to consider these guys for induction.  all three have changed the game for the better and made a lasting impact on the nfl.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:55 pm

Monday Musings: Hot seats get hotter for coaches

scorpioxyz, you're a fool.  Eagles over Cowboys another time, at Dallas, with the Boys playing for the division?  Forget it.  Boys by 20.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:57 pm
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Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:45 pm

Monday Musings: Hot seats get hotter for coaches

Mr Prisco,

No slams on Tim Tebow??? I'm shocked!   

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:23 pm

Monday Musings: Hot seats get hotter for coaches

how is jim caldwell not on the hot seat? he should be the 1st coach fired. in fact, peyton should retire at the end of the season & immediately be named head coach.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:54 pm

Monday Musings: Hot seats get hotter for coaches

Reid has a strong enough resume for a decade or so of winning seasons. But if you go by the last 3, he gets eliminated in an NFC Championship game, gets eliminated in wild card games. The only possible excuse he could have is the lockout, otherwise, he chose his coaches and went after players, so 4-7 is really short of what Ryan & the Jets doid last season and this season so far. The Jets have proven they can make the playoffs being mediocre and get to the championship game. The Eagles tried to buy that this season, but again, the lockout kept this team from coming together. This was a month that the Eagles if they found a way, had to go 3-1 or 4-0 to make the last month interesting in the NFC East. Gianys may be 0-3 in that stretch, the Cowboys schedule I thought favored them to have a 1 game lead going into the final 4 games. And really, the Eagles should arguably go 3-1 in the final month of play. Jets, being a loss, wins over Cowboys, Redskins & Dolphins. If anyone looked at Cardinals, Giants, Patriots and Seahawks, they'd see 3-1 if these Eagles were any good with the talent they have on paper. I think even the commentators/experts gave them the benefit of the doubt to pull off a Jets-like 2010 season ? But reality is, Eagles will struggle to win 2 in a row and their collapse in the desert vs the Cardinals pretty much made the 1-2 record they have over the last 3 games a repeat of the first 8 games they played. The Eagles are that bad and now they are that bad short Vick & Maclin on offense. DRC on defense as a notable. If it isn't obvious to anyone, the rookie line didn't block for Vick period. Young has been protected far better in a 1-1 run here. Vick would take the protection Young has been given every Sunday. Yep, the Eagles are a mess from coaching to players. 5 games to go can they go 2-3  ? I think they can but this is very much like the season after the SB loss to the Patriots. Reid has been a winner since then, not the whole SB trophy, but top 1/3 of the NFL and as close as another NFC Championship game loss to an all PA Super Bowl matchup. That season, so close that they beat the Steelers & Cardinals in the regular season, only team to do that feat that season.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:47 pm

Monday Musings: Hot seats get hotter for coaches

Well, why do we have to slow down on the Hester talk? The way Peterson's playing, we should start getting a bust ready for him. He keeps this up, he'll absolutely belong.

On another note, darn shame Ken Whisenhunt's not on the firing line.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:31 pm

Monday Musings: Hot seats get hotter for coaches

Cuz he's an idiot.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:30 pm

Monday Musings: Hot seats get hotter for coaches

With Regards to Devin Hester, he is currently the best kick returner in the history of the NFL.  If Peterson continues to play the way he has this season, there's no reason for both to be Hall of Fame.  To say Hester shouldn't get in because someone has 4 punt returns this season is just stupid.  The people who go into the Hall of Fame should be players who are the best at what they do.  Hester is a game changer:  he changes the way kickers kick, the way coaches coach, and the players play.  Those kind of players are the players who go into the hall.

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