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  1. https://theathletic.com/651709/2018/11/13/midseason-firings-coaches-nfl/ As soon as you know you’ll be making a change at head coach at some point, the best course of action is to make the move immediately. That’s not easy for me to say but it’s true. As a guy who was cut/waived/terminated/whatever’d four times during my playing career you’ll never catch me rooting for a coach to lose his job because not only does it affect him individually, but it impacts his family as well as all of his assistants and their families. It’s tough. But I’m also not a fan of delaying the inevitable. Once it is clear that a coach’s time with an organization has run its course, keeping him around is a terrible decision for so many reasons. Take Dirk Koetter in Tampa with the Bucs, or Todd Bowles in New York with the Jets. Barring an absolute miracle, like either team winning out, neither one of those guys is expected to be back with their respective organizations next season. And they know it. The assistant coaches know it. And, perhaps most importantly, the players are aware of it as well, even if they tell the media they don’t pay attention to any of that “white noise.” They know. Trust me, I’ve been there. I can still distinctly remember watching ESPN on a Saturday in December, late in the 2002 season, while waiting to play against the Philadelphia Eagles that night as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. They were reporting that our owner, Jerry Jones, had met with Bill Parcells at an airport in New Jersey that week and with that I knew right away that our head coach at the time, Dave Campo, was as good as gone. It was a primetime stand-alone game late in the season against a bitter rival and when I walked into the locker room it was like a morgue. Nobody would look each other in the eye. Everybody had their heads down. Not a sound was uttered. I never experienced anything else like it either before or after. Everybody knew. That was Week 16 and the following week was much of the same. It felt like the assistant coaches walked around like zombies, not really smiling or even looking at anybody else. Perhaps they were exhausted from burning up the phone lines trying to line up their next opportunity? A bunch of players skipped curfew the week of our final game against the Redskins, not exactly worried about being disciplined by a coach who was a dead man walking. It was an awful environment because it felt like there was a dark cloud hanging above all of us as we waited for the shoe to drop. I know there is a distinct “your coach is getting fired” feeling, because I experienced it again the very next year in Buffalo once it became apparent the last couple of weeks that Gregg Williams was going to be fired after a disappointing season. The same impending gloom. The same despondent assistant coaches. That’s why I think everybody, and I mean everybody, is better off by firing the coach as soon as it is clear they are no longer part of the organization’s future. The fired coach can mercilessly move on without having to answer daily job security questions from the media while pointlessly working 18-hour days for a franchise that no longer wants him. They are getting their fully guaranteed money either way so if anything it’s like a paid vacation. The assistant coaches can at least take a deep breath and move forward with a little clarity about their situation. Rather than a storm cloud of impending doom hanging over the players there is at least some hope or optimism that change is on the horizon and better times may be ahead. Even the organization itself can start contacting candidates and their agents in a more aggressive manner once the job is officially open. Plus, in almost every case the fans feel much better about things at that point because at least it shows the franchise understands that things are unacceptable. So why don’t more teams in flux follow the path that the Browns took by firing Hue Jackson? One reason for some, I’m told, is because they don’t want the interim coach to go on a run that subjects them to pressure from both the fans and the players to keep a coach they don’t really want to hire for the full-time gig. But fear-based decision-making never seems like the optimal way to go about things, and whether the interim coach goes on a run or not, you have every right to hire whomever you want in the offseason, and if you bow to public pressure then you deserve whatever comes your way as a result. It’s also worth noting that the above reason is not the case in New York this year — The Athletic NYC’s Connor Hughes reported that the problem there is the team doesn’t have an assistant on staff with NFL head coaching experience to comfortably use as an interim coach, and as a result would rather ride the season out with Bowles, since unlike with Jackson, there’s no inner-staff turmoil with Bowles. In fairness, I never had an interim coach during my tenure so my feelings in that regard are based more on observations as well as conversations with players who have but it’s got to be better than keeping a coach that’s as good as gone. It sure as heck can’t be any worse.
  2. https://www.sny.tv/jets/news/while-jets-todd-bowles-is-on-hot-seat-sources-suggest-mike-maccagnan-is-safe/300594584 Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive Todd Bowles is on the hot seat with the Jets. Mike Maccagnan is not. That may not seem fair, considering they came to New York together in 2015 and have had equal hands in this Jets mess ever since, but that's the way it appears to be, according to several sources familiar with the Jets' thinking. Bowles seems to be on the fast track to being fired after the season while Maccagnan's job doesn't appear to be in danger at all. And the reason is simple: Maccagnan's job is to build for the long term, and his long-stated plan has been to compete for a playoff berth in 2019. All his moves -- including moving up in the draft to land the Jets their franchise quarterback -- have been with that goal in mind. And part of that plan was to capitalize on the $100 million-plus in salary cap space he created for them to use next offseason. So his job isn't finished yet. And the Jets seem intent on allowing him to stay to see at least that part through. Meanwhile, Bowles' job has been to win and to develop his team: Two things he hasn't been able to do since he started 10-5 in his first season. His record is 13-30 since then, including the horrific 41-10 loss at home to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. It's hard to argue growth, development and progress after a game like that, especially when the team has now lost four in a row. That's not to say that Maccagnan is completely off the hook for this latest Jets disaster. It's lost on no one that he's the one who picked the players that are currently failing Bowles. His drafting has been suspect. Only 12 of 22 players from his first three drafts even remain with the organization. And despite all the money he had to spend in free agency last offseason, he didn't find any receivers for rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and couldn't fix the offensive line. But he did land Darnold, and that's the biggest part of his future plan. Once he struck out on free agent Kirk Cousins, who took less money to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, he traded three second-round picks to move up three spots in the NFL draft. Maccagnan thought he was moving up to land Baker Mayfield, according to an NFL source, but he ended up with Darnold, the top quarterback on his board. Christopher Johnson, the Jets' CEO, was thrilled with that bold move and has been enamored with the early returns from Darnold. At the very least, Maccagnan will be given time to see how Darnold will work out. He might face a playoffs-or-else ultimatum next season, but that could be more than Bowles will get. The disaster on Sunday may have sealed that. Because before that, the biggest thing he had going for him was that his players seemed to love him and played hard for him, especially on defense. The game on Sunday was a major step back in that regard. So that will leave Johnson to ponder whether Bowles has lost his grip on his players. And perhaps more importantly, he needs to decide if he's the right coach to shepherd Darnold in the early stages of his career, or if the Jets would be better off with a young, offensive-minded coach in what has become an increasingly offensive league. No, he hasn't exactly been dealt a stacked deck of players and Maccagnan is responsible for that. But the Jets so far seem comfortable with his long-term plan and vision. The fates of Bowles and Maccagnan are not intertwined. They may have come in together nearly four years ago, but if changes are made, Bowles will likely be the first to go.
  3. Watch Bowles go 3-3 down the stretch and Chris Johnson decide to keep him.
  4. You are saying it sarcastically now but will be saying it sincerely after Chris Johnson announces he is keeping Bowles at end of season
  5. Well well well. What a shocker Chris Johnson is exactly who we thought he was. A meek afraid of his shadow sycophantic loser. Of course he wont do anything now. Him step up? Oh no let the season play out and give Bowles some artificial low bar to try to overcome. If you think for one second its foregone conclusion Bowles is canned think again you poor souls. Chris is trying at this moment to come up with something anything he can do to keep him. If Bowles somehow wins one or two more games he will try to sell it as this game was an aberration just look how they stepped up for him. The bar was extraordinarily low before get ready to start digging because its getting lower and lower.
  6. Probably should delete this thread. Fooled me......
  7. Franchise QB? All Darnold has proven so far is that he is a worse rookie QB than Sanchez was.
  8. No Bowles would have yapped and it would have gotten out.
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  10. Jetsbb

    Fans are outraged. Ownership...

    Chris Johnson won't fire Bowles at the bye. It took this epic collapse for him to even consider it at the end of season. One good performance and he will be back to keeping Bowles.
  11. Promote Jeremy Bates to head coach. You never know it may have been Bowles telling Bates to dummy down the offense and be conservative that caused their drastic offensive slump after the first few weeks. Fire that DC who is best buddies with Bowles and give Robert Dunn a chance. This team needs a kick in the pants not questions about Bowles job every day. Why have a lame duck HC everyone knows is gone stick around? Its stupid and pointless.
  12. So I guess you will be disappointed when Chris decides not to fire Bowles because he was competitive against the Patriots and they go 2-4 down the stretch beating the Texans and Bills. Yea I see this as a possibility.....

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