Thursday, February 17, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
Still talking Super Bowl
Would you believe that even with all the bad weather which we have been blessed with lately, the prevalent conversation starter seems to be the one-week-old Super Bowl?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind, but it still stings a bit when taking everything into consideration, meaning that yours truly’s personal pick was left at the gate. It is in the event’s favor that everyone, win, lose or draw (we are talking bets here), really seemed to have enjoyed the game.
I, of course, will refrain from naming names but it is surprising to find out just how many persons didn’t want the Steelers picking up that seventh title. When asked for some reasons, the overwhelming response was, “The Dallas Cowboys should have been in it. After all, it was being played in their house.”
Your typical sour grapes, no?
Anyway, let’s write the final chapter for this season’s wonderful offering. There are rumors floating around as to whether there will be a season next season or not because of the CBA (collective bargain agreement) between the players and owners. What happened to some of the head coaches and just how many were there who actually ended up on the infamous “coaching carousel”?
About halfway through the season, it was predicted that 10 head coaches would be out of jobs by the time all play ended. As near as I can tell, it didn’t quite reach that number, however, this isn’t gospel. There could have been one or two which I missed. The problem is some of these “firings” are as high key as others.
During the season there were some coaches given the door – including Brad Childress of Minnesota, Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys (this could have been the highest profile firing. Cowboy fans had been begging for his ouster for a while), Denver’s Josh McDaniels and San Francisco’s Mike Singletary.
The last known to leave was Jeff Fisher of the Titans. I am not so sure that this was a termination. No one in the camp came out and said that Coach Jeff had been fired. He was the longest tenured coach in the NFL and supposedly on good terms with those who ran things.
And that brings us to the punch line in this article. No one wants to lose a job in this economy, but don’t expect to see any of these jobless mentors in soup lines.
All walked away with some pretty padded hip pockets. For instance, Jeff Fisher left with a cool $8 million iron men.
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