Let’s face it, Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren did not pick his coach…..yet. Holmgren is a disciple from the famous Bill Walsh coaching tree, and many of his friends from that tree are unemployed.
Steve Mariucci, Dennis Green, and Jim Fassel are still in the mix from that tree. Other men born from that tree, Jon Gruden, Mike Sherman, worked for Holmgren in the past. Gruden’s father got Holmgren to hire his son in 1990 with the San Francisco 49ers and they reunited with the Green Bay Packers a few years later.
One criticism of Mangini is that he is a drama queen who is not particularily player friendly. Dubbed “Mangina” by many, his career as an NFL head coach may be over at seasons end.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones keeps having solid draft, and pour millions into free agents and critical Cowboys whose contracts near expiration. It has not gotten him the championship results he seeks yet.
Phillips, rumored to be on the chopping block for years, may run out of luck this season. Anything less than a Super Bowl game will be considered failure.
Let’s hope Jerry doesn’t replace him with “future head coach in training” Jason Garrett, who may be the worst offensive coordinator in the NFL. The former backup quarterback of the team in the 1990’s, he might have problems finding work anywhere in the pros if Dallas rids themselves of him as well.
Phillips, a top-notch defensive coordinator, will get job offers the day he is fired. When that is will be the guess.
Some find it curious he still even has a job in the NFL with all the violent drama of his past. Sticking to strictly football, the lack of progression by the Oakland Raiders young talent might frustrate Hall of Fame owner Al Davis into another coaching change.
The teams offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson, is highly respected and has been talked about as a future heach coaching candidate for a few years. Cable’s team needs to show the expected improvement this year, and their first game of 2010 failed to show any of that.
As unimpressive as Turner has been as an NFL head coach, with 90 wins in 200 games, he has gotten three different teams to hire him. His last stop with the San Diego Chargers has far and away been his most successful gig, having led the team to three consecutive playoff appearances so far.
The team is aging in some key spots, having contract issues with two critical players, and trying to rebuild at the same time. Their window as a Super Bowl caliber team may be closing.
The lack of preperation in a recent loss to the lowly Kansas City Chiefs may go quite a ways in sealing Turners fate. A few more underwhelming games like this could show him the door before seasons end, though there seems to be no heir apparent currently on the coaching staff.
He has coached the Chicago Bears seven years, which is deemed a very long time by todays standards. His 53-44 record is not horrible, but the Bears haven’t made the playoffs since 2006 when they lost in Super Bowl XLI.
His job may not quite be on the line this year, but he may be the fall guy if quarterback Jay Cutler doesn’t show fans that mortgaging the near future for his services was the right move. Chicago even brought in Mike Martz to help Cutler, who cost two first round draft picks, a third rounder, and quarterback Kyle Orton.
It is not totally unconcievable that former head coach Martz could take over next season. The Bears defense is also getting long in the tooth in key positions while their offense currently rebuilds.
Week 2 Picks :
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans
Dennis Dixon wasn’t great in his start last week, but the defense was. This unit realizes they need to carry the team right now.
Steelers 20 Titans 13
Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys
Dallas was horrible last week, a far cry from the team expected to win their division. If they do not beat a team that had no business defeating the Detroit Lions last week, they may as well go home now.
Cowboys 23 Bears 21
Buffalo Bills @ Green Bay Packers
Green Bay handled the Philadelphia Eagles last week, but lost star running back Ryan Grant for the year. We will see how they will look without him this week.
Packers 24 Bills 21
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers
Tampa Bay outlasted Cleveland last week, even though their quarterback has an injured thumb on his throwing hand. Carolina’s quarterback, Matt Moore, needs to play better than he did last week, and I expect him to.
Panthers 27 Buccaneers 17
Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns
While Kansas City provided a nice surprise last week in their upset victory over the San Diego Chargers, the Browns frustrated a few by dropping their game to Tampa Bay. Though neither team will get to the playoffs this year, but it will be an interesting battle of rebuilding teams.
Chiefs 31 Browns 24
Miami Dolphins @ Minnesota Vikings
Both teams like to pound their opponents into the turf, so this will be a real smash mouth grind. Both have good running games, but less than stellar passing attacks. This could go into overtime.
Vikings 23 Dolphins 20
Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons
Arizona squeaked by the Saint Louis Rams last week, while the Falcons went toe-to-toe with Pittsburgh into overtime before losing. Though the Cardinals have a good defense, it isn’t quite as good as the Steelers, so Atlanta should be more productive.
Falcons 34 Cardinals 21
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals
Game of the Week
Terrell Owens and Chad Ocho Cinco’s egos will be the downfall of Cincinnati this year. Both cry for the ball every play, but are obviously on the downsides of their careers. Owens seems to have a foot in his career’s grave.
Tight end Jermaine Greshem and the running game are more dangerous weapons, but we won’t see enough of it because of the two babbling divas. This was seen last week when the New England Patriots thrashed them.
Baltimore was amped up last week, so critics expect a let down in a short week to prepare. This is a veteran team, so their Super Bowl candidacy will broadcast their intentions this weekend. The great teams win these games.
Ravens 30 Bengals 28
Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions
While the Lions were robbed last week, the Eagles started their season flat footed. Both teams will be playing their backup quarterbacks this week. Philadelphia’s Michael Vick is now getting the chance he once thought he’d never get again. He has a good chance of running and throwing for over 100 yards.
Eagles 34 Lions 17
Saint Louis Rams @ Oakland Raiders
While the Rams played fairly well in their loss last week, the Raiders played poorly. Oakland needs to bounce back this week.
Raiders 27 Rams 21
Seattle Seahawks @ Denver Broncos
While the Seahawks surprised many in their blow out victory over the 49ers, the Broncos dropped a game some thought they would win. While neither team is looking very strong right now, this should be a game that goes to the wire.
Broncos 24 Seahawks 23
Houston Texans @ Washington Redskins
The Redskins benefited from poor play calling by the Dallas Cowboys last week. Their top two running backs averaged almost five yards a carry, but the team decided to throw too much. Houston will not make this same mistake, especially after Arian Foster had the second most productive ground game of any player in NFL history. Washington is expected to show more offensive punch than last week.
Texans 26 Redskins 21
New England Patriots @ New York Jets
While the Patriots proved themselves to be a serious Super Bowl contender last week, the Jets showed they are further away than they expected. New England will widen the gap further.
Patriots 27 Jets 13
Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers
The Chargers are coming off a crushing loss last Monday, and they need to rebound quickly. Jacksonville looked solid last week, and will try to build off that momentum.
Chargers 34 Jaguars 24
New York Giants @ Indianapolis Colts
Neither team was very impressive last week. While the Giants defense destroyed the Carolina Panthers, their offense made way too many mistakes. The Colts tiny defensive line might just what New York needs in this battle of the Manning brothers.
Giants 27 Colts 26
New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers
This is not how the Niners wanted to start this season. They got blown out by Seattle, a team most did not expect a lot of this year. Now they face the defending champions, who are coming off an impressive win and had a few extra days to prepare as well.
Saints 37 49ers 20