Originally posted by Excalibur05My bet is that Fassell winds up being promoted up to Coordinator in Baltimore.
He realyl doesn't want to be a Coordinator because he sees that as a step down. He might take it if he doesn't get a head coaching offer. But we are already interviewing such dignataries as Ron Turner and Rick Neuheisel for the gig.
Originally posted by MayhemSo what's the word on Pete Carroll and the 49ers? Anybody on the West Coast have any scoop?
I HAVE to believe there is ZERO chance of that happening (though the Donahue firing does leave the possibility of a coach/GM hire, which is what Carroll would want), because frankly USC will likely be the superior football team next year. They're so far ahead of everyone in the Pac-10 it's not even funny.
(Of course, I'd have never believed Erickson would leave OSU until it happened...)
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Jim Bates is expected to interview for the Browns head coaching shot... he's a long shot, but he's done a good enough job with the Dolphins defense, as well as in his interim stint, to warrant some consideration. It'd probably be best for him to stay on with the Phins for another year and then see what coaching options are available, when his stock will likely be higher, especially with some of the other more attractive options likely off of the market (Fassel, the NE coordinators, etc.)
Dunno what I think about this decision... the Saints are just so inconsistent, and a lot of it falls on Haslett. But, you also have one of the sorriest organizations in NFL history, and also one of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in Brooks, so it's not just him. Still, they need serious help on the defense, especially in the secondary, if they wanna help Haslett out over the next few years.
Originally posted by Hurrikane757k Dunno what I think about this decision... the Saints are just so inconsistent, and a lot of it falls on Haslett. But, you also have one of the sorriest organizations in NFL history, and also one of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in Brooks, so it's not just him. Still, they need serious help on the defense, especially in the secondary, if they wanna help Haslett out over the next few years.
I'm in the heart of this, and I still don't really know what to make of it. Haslett will definitely be back next year, and they are talking about signing him to a two-year extension beyond that. I look at this in two different ways. One, he has been basically a .500 coach his whole tenure here and I don't know where else that would be good enough to return. On the other hand, I look at the continuity that Dan Rooney has fostered in Pittsburgh with Cowher and wonder if Benson is right in maintaining his faith in Haslett. Everyone was calling for Cowher's head at the end of last season, saying he had lost his touch, but Rooney stayed with him, and look where they are now. It's not like this is a team lacking in talent and thats why they lose. This is a team with a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball that finds very creative ways to lose. If it is not a lack of talent, one would have to conclude that its a lack higher up the food chain. I believe the defensive coordinator and GM should go, and see what Haslett can do with that.
Which now begs the question, which two bowls get elevated to semifinal status alongside the Orange, Rose, Sugar, and Fiesta? Cotton Bowl almost has to be one, especially if they end up playing it at the Jerrydome, which would leave one other.