I’ve never been a part of the popular “FIRE EVERYONE” crowd. When Dick Jauron was fired following the 2003 season, my opinion was why fire a coach unless there is a better coach available to hire. We all saw what happened in January 2004-GM Jerry Angelo practically went on a nationwide tour to find Jauron’s replacement and ended up giving the job to about his fourth choice, Lovie Smith.
Last year I felt the same way about Ron Turner. That’s fine if they wanted to fire him and his staff, but did they have a better offensive coordinator in mind to hire in his place? They didn’t, proven by the fact that Mike Martz was again about the fourth choice. And I thought it was a major cop out since the defense was the team’s problem from 2007-2009, not the offense. That being said, as of this time of course I’m happy with Martz’ results.
Even before the huge, validating win over the Eagles, I was thinking that with another couple of big wins, I think it’s time for people to put the “Lovie Smith is a terrible coach” line to rest. I have always thought that winning or losing games is much more a product of the talent on the field than the coaching.
HOWEVER…one thing here does scare me. We continue to see whisperings in the media that with a couple more wins, the organization is going to look to extend Smith’s contract. For some reason over the last 10-15 years in the NFL, it has become the trend to never allow a coach to enter the final year of his deal without an extension.
Why is this? I think it could be a terrible mistake to give Smith another 3, 4, 5 years based on the last four wins. As we saw from 2007-2009, things can go south quickly and stay that way for a long time. Then we’ll hear again that Smith can’t be replaced until 2015 or whatever because of his contract. What the hell would be wrong with making sure Smith and his staff prove that they can sustain the winning? Do any of you out there refuse to work because you’re in the last year of your contract? As if any of us have employment contracts anyway, so to me the thought itself is ludicrous.
Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati is in the final year of his deal. The Bengals won their division in 2009 and turned terrible in one year. If it happens here….and that’s even IF this season continues to go well, God help us if we’re stuck with the same people for another 4 or 5 years.