Oy...what Mart Morningwheg busy? Seriously, to help guide your team towards the Super Bowl you fire a playoff tested coach for a guy who has had success at college, but none in the NFL is something out of the Bengals playbook.
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Dennis Erickson ended his NFL tenure with the Seahawks at 32-32.
How good was Buffalo's defense last year to make Ted Cattrell a candidate for the job? What's wrong with giving a coach with NFL head-coaching experience the job? Remeber, he coached Seattle, not exactly the greatest market ever.
Well the story of Dennis Erickson in Seattle would be diffrent but he got the MOTHER of all NFL screw jobs in that play-off game with the Jets back in 1999. Had there been instant replay and the refs couldve overturned Testaverdes touchdown he wouldve kept his job. I think he did an admirable job in Seattle, they were improving under him till he was canned. And its not like Holmgren has done much better.
They should have hired GODDAMN STAN GELBAUGH~! The man single-handedly led the London Monarchs to the WLAF Championship in 1991. This is a man who has show his ability to lead where it counts most...on the field. Who are we to doubt his ability to lead as a coach? Not I. I recognize the talents of Mr. Gelbaugh and his unique charisma and endless drive is what made him the legend he is today. Despite STAN THE MAN's caucazoid complexion, Jesse Jackson would have no qualms about his hiring as an NFL head coach. Stan Gelbaugh deserves a chance and he deserves it now. Nobody has even considered Stan this year and it hurts me as a fan of the NFL and as an American. And it should hurt you, too.
Hell, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. The Gelmeister is a living legend and the fact that he can't get a fair shake is a travesty and everyone I know is upset about this tonight. Dennis Erickson=DRUNK. Stan Gelbaugh=SUPERHERO/LEGEND/GENIUS. Stan Gelbaugh is George Halas reincarnated. You know it...oh God, do you ever know it.
I had Seahawk season tickets for the Erickson era in Seattle.
Erikson never really had a fair shot in Seattle. He became head coach when then owner Ken Behring was trying to move the Seahawks to L.A.. The team's up and coming runnng back, Lamar Smith, wrapped a car around a tree paralyzing a back up offensive lineman drinking and driving. Even Erikson received a DUI before his first season. With all the turmoil and not knowing what city the team would be playing in it's safe to say that Erickson walked into a mess. This was before he even coached a game in Seattle.
Once he and the team finally got situated he had to fight Behring for every penny he could get. Then came owner Paul Allen and his right hand man Bob Whitsett who were looking for their own man to coach the team from day one. Two years Erickson coached with rumors circulating about being replaced.
All that being said he built a pretty strong team. The main problem seemed to be that Erickson was to laid back with the team and unorginized at times. That and the fact that he insisted on keeping his assistant coaches, many of whom were clearly not cut out for the NFL. A Vinny Testeverde phantom TD later and he was out of a job.
Enter Mike Holgrem. A man known for his orginaztional and coaching skills. The kind of coach that could turn this team around. Only he was to eager to put his stamp on the team and instead of fine tuning the team he burned it to the ground. Gone were Sam Adams, Pete Kendall, Ahman Green and Joey Galloway. Holgrem could have very well been fired this year with the same record as Erickson, and this with owner Paul Allen, his money and his full support.
Erickson isn't a bad coach although he is a strange pick for the 49ers. Bill Walsh won't tolerate Erickson's unorginized behavior. Plus Erickson isn't widely known for being a West Coast Offense type of coach.
I'm glad to see Dennis Erickson getting a second chance in the NFL. I just don't think that this is the right team for him to be getting that chance.
This will end up about as well as Barry Switzer with the Cowboys, except without the Super Bowl title.
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While I would lean slightly towards them leaving, this would have happened even if they planned to stay. They're not just going to accept the CVC's offer; it's their opportunity now to counter and work towards the middle. This is just business as usual.