I can’t even keep up with the NFL’s coaching changes.
When I was a kid, coaches actually taught you stuff, like how to tackle, block, etc. Today, coaches in the NFL do sort of the same thing, except make the game incredibly complicated. That’s how come we have to understand the game we loved as kids isn’t a game anymore. It’s big business, and whoever doesn’t believe it’s a big deal … a job … needs to get over it. If you’ve been in a car wreck multiple times while you were playing the “game” in the back yard, let me know.
So in this “game” there are middle aged men trying to keep, get and acquire jobs as coaches. Let’s see how it’s going:
Buffalo Bills: Old coach, Doug Marrone, new coach, Rex Ryan: Can’t understand this move because Buffalo’s offense was their problem. They had the 4th ranked defense in the league, but are now changing their alignment with Ryan going to a 3-4. Ryan has always been challenged with developing quarterbacks. Ryan’s presser was neat, with him expressly mentioning getting fired by the Jets. Not only that, we still don’t understand why Marrone quit, walking away from millions for unknown reasons.
San Francisco niners: Old coach, Jim Harbaugh (departed for University of Michigan), new coach Jim Tomsula: If you saw his presser today, it looked as though Tomsula had never spoken in public before, but ultimately that means nothing. What does mean something is the fact Tomsula has little head coaching experience and he appears to have been selected because he’ll serve as the GM’s lapdog. There’s a reason the niners were dismal before Harbaugh’s arrival and they’ve not forgotten how to make a mess of things.
Oakland Raiders: Old coach, Tony Sparano (interim), new coach, Jack Del Rio: Sparano wanted to keep the job in Oakland but as RaiderFan is intimately familiar, 0-52, 13-31 and 14-47 consecutive losses on the road at the end of the season isn’t exactly how to keep the gig. On defense, Del Rio runs a similar scheme to that of the departed Dennis Allen … sometimes. He also ran a simple scheme in Jacksonville. By the way, did you know Del Rio set a record for the longest run for a NFL coach without winning a division title (8 years)? His success will depend on whether his offensive coordinator can make Derek Carr into a serviceable NFL quarterback.
New York Jets: Old coach, Rex Ryan, new coach Todd Bowles: Bowles comes in as a rookie head coach. He inherits a decent defensive team, and a terrible offensive squad. The problem is the offense, which Rex Ryan could never get up to the quality needed to win consistently. Bowles had some outstanding talent in Arizona, but it remains to be seen whether he can upgrade the Jets offense. Especially since he’s never been a head coach at any level prior to this.
By the way, we didn’t mention John Fox is taking over in Denver for Marc Trestman.