SCREAMIN’ FROM THE CHEAP SEATS – JANUARY 19
By Leo Haggerty
THE NEW FACES OF FRANCHISES
Almost like clockwork, the National Football League purges itself of anywhere from four to eight head coaches during or after the season. If you thought that trend would finally come to an end due to the pandemic , you were sadly mistaken.
The merry go round that is the NFL head coaching carousel began before the season ended with the firing of Bill O’Brien in Houston and then Dan Quinn in Atlanta followed by the termination of Matt Patricia in Detroit. Since the culmination of the regular season, four other head honchos were given their walking papers bringing the HC turnover to seven. So much for getting a pass due to all the Covid protocols put into place by the league as well as the government.
So, here’s the newest hires in no particular order. Former New Orleans Saints coach Dan Campbell takes the reigns with the Detroit Lions. Tennessee Titans OC Arthur Smith became the new Atlanta Falcons head coach. Los Angeles Rams DC Brandon Staley doesn’t even have to move as he takes over the hometown Los Angeles Chargers. San Francisco 49ers DC Robert Salah moves to the East Coast to see if he can produce a winner for the New York Jets. Former college coach and media analyst Urban Meyer comes out of retirement to see if he can resurrect the fortunes of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That leaves only the Houston Texans and the Philadelphia Eagles in need of direction. Look for Kansas City Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy along with Tampa bay Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles to get a long look from both franchises. Not just because they meet the Rooney Rule requirement but because their damn good football coaches that a deserve a chance to call the shots.