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    FWIW, Fox ranks us as the 2nd best coaching vacancy

    From FoxSports.com....

    Get ready for some serious coaching carnage

    January might mark a period in the NFL that could be dubbed "The Great Football Coaching Purge" — a time when the coaching blood is shed more than any year in recent memory.

    While we believe seven or eight jobs will open up, there are actually a whopping 11 cities where the coach could be asked to walk that dreaded plank. Eleven! At no other time in recent memory have 11 coaches been on the hot seat this late in the season.

    For all those potential candidates out there who are wondering what pitfalls and gems lie behind each job, FOXSports.com rates the potential openings from first to worst. Call it the Zagat's of coaching vacancies.


    1. Minnesota
    The only thing NOT attractive about this place is the outlaw of future boat trips — and maybe the cold. It's a drawback when you can actually ice fish outside your practice facility. Other than that, however, this is a coveted post for several reasons:

    A. The new owner — Coaches die to work for a guy who is willing to open up his wallet and spend not only on talent but on facilities, amenities and staff. The Wilf family is willing to do just that.

    B. Personnel —The Vikings already have what is considered in league circles as above-average personnel. Thus, a new coach will not be starting from scratch but rather in a position where one can compete for the postseason immediately.

    C. Cap position — Executive vice-president Rob Brezinski is viewed as one of the brightest young minds in the business and has the Vikings in terrific cap shape for the next few years. Thus, the aforementioned personnel can be built upon even more thanks to Brezinski's foresight.


    2. St. Louis
    Great opening because the Rams have some serious weapons on offense. Plus, players will likely respond to new blood as things may have gotten a bit stale after nearly a decade of Dick Vermeil/Mike Martz. The Rams would be wise to bring in a solid defensive coach who can make chicken salad out of chicken you-know-what. The offense, as long as a coach brings in a decent mind, will be fine. The only drawback to this job is the question of the personnel types brought in. If a personnel guy is hired before the coach, what's to say that coach has any belief or chemistry with him? The place has been such a mess with so much intra-office soap opera for so long it should be fairly easy for a new guy to clean it up.

    3. Houston

    David Carr still has the potential to be a franchise quarterback.

    Houston has three things a young head coach would love — great ownership, incredible facilities and a potential franchise quarterback. David Carr has a lot of mojo in the eyes of many other coaches around the NFL. They believe he just hasn't gotten the support up front or the coaching that he has needed to make the jump to the next level. Working for owner Bob McNair is a coach's dream — McNair is a very patient and nice man who doesn't mind spending to build a winner.

    The Texans may have the nicest facilities in the league. Everything is state of the art and built to give the team a sense that they have it better than their peers around the league. Houston has one more thing that others lack — the Texans have never been a winner, so a new guy has the potential to pretty much earn the key the city if he can right the ship.


    4. Kansas City
    Great city, great place to work, great offensive potential and an always-willing-to-pay-to-improve front office. The Chiefs will pay for a winner and already have enough offensive firepower to help them for a couple more years. They'll have some tough decisions to make cap-wise, but the Chiefs' front office always does a great job of creating room to be active in the off-season while avoiding salary-cap purgatory.


    5. Baltimore:
    Team is getting real old real fast. The offensive line is a mess and they have some contract issues with some major names on their roster. They also haven't found their quarterback of the future. But they have a great owner in Steve Bisciotti and one of the league's best drafters and personnel men in Ozzie Newsome. The downside is the team may find itself rebuilding soon and the new guy could find the brunt of blame in the turmoil that accompanies rebuilding.


    6. Detroit:
    With Matt Millen aboard, this opening gets ranked about here. Without Millen, it shoots to No. 3 on the list. Detroit has its problems, but the Lions obviously have a very patient owner with deep pockets. They also have much potential on defense and a good young group of skill players who need the right coach to come in, kick them in the butt and teach them how to be true professionals. Unlike David Carr, candidates are not chomping at the bit to work with Joey Harrington, although the winning candidate may have to do an awfully good job pretending that he is.


    7. Buffalo
    Beginning to get a reputation as a place a coach can't win. Having team president around Tom Donahoe dramatically drops the attractiveness of this opening. Both Gregg Williams and Mike Mularkey are actually good coaches but haven't been able to thrive under Donahoe. This is a team with personality problems and a young quarterback who some teams like while others view as a wasted pick.


    8. Arizona

    Dennis Green's days could be numbered in Arizona.
    Nothing definitive here regarding Denny Green's job status, but several personnel men and coaches around the NFL say it's not rosy between him and the higher-ups. So, for the sake of just being safe, we'll throw Arizona on our list. This job would normally rank closer to the bottom but quality of life out there may be second to none. The Bidwells, however, are still notorious for being cheap. The team has some pretty good young talent. The players just need a young, energetic type who can get them to believe in themselves despite ownership.


    9. New Orleans
    The only thing the Saints have going for them is talent. Despite that talent, this team is a mess. They have an owner who's viewed as a nut bomb and have no idea where they'll call home next year. Still, because of the talent, a young coach would love to come in and try to see if he can make a crack at it. The real downside? They've become the doormat in a division that boasts the Panthers, Bucs and Falcons. History is against this place.


    10. Green Bay
    Working in such a football-crazed city has its upside, but how would you like to be the coach of record when Brett Favre decides to hang it up? That's a rough one. The positive is that they have a terrific personnel evaluator and easy-to-work-with GM in Ted Thompson. They don't have an awful lot of defensive talent and need to fill a lot of holes. Oh yeah, remember that thing about the ice fishing in Minnesota? They can do that here too.


    11. Oakland
    You're never truly the head coach in Oakland and the players always know that you are not the head cheese. Thus, anyone who takes this job has to contend with the team viewing him a bit jaded as they'll always see Al Davis as the man who pulls the strings. It's difficult to coach when some view you as a puppet at times. However, they certainly have talent and the desire to spend big. On the down side, they have absolutely no regard for locker room chemistry. You don't have to be just a coach here, you have to be a whipping boy and the head of daycare all wrapped up into one.

    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: FWIW, Fox ranks us as the 2nd best coaching vacancy

    The Rams would be wise to bring in a solid defensive coach who can make chicken salad out of chicken you-know-what.
    Ain't that the truth. LOL
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    Re: FWIW, Fox ranks us as the 2nd best coaching vacancy

    2. St. Louis
    Great opening because the Rams have some serious weapons on offense. Plus, players will likely respond to new blood as things may have gotten a bit stale after nearly a decade of Dick Vermeil/Mike Martz. The Rams would be wise to bring in a solid defensive coach who can make chicken salad out of chicken you-know-what. The offense, as long as a coach brings in a decent mind, will be fine. The only drawback to this job is the question of the personnel types brought in. If a personnel guy is hired before the coach, what's to say that coach has any belief or chemistry with him? The place has been such a mess with so much intra-office soap opera for so long it should be fairly easy for a new guy to clean it up.

    I think the chicken &**#$ is a tad bit overboard. There is some talent on the D side, just not good coaching.

    I hope that the RAMS brain trust realizes that they need to improve the personnel department as well as hiring the RIGHT coach. :clanram:
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    Re: FWIW, Fox ranks us as the 2nd best coaching vacancy

    If, by some miracle, Martz returns for 2006, the first thing he needs to do is clean house. Hire a personnel person. Hire a new DC. Let the DC hire his assistants. Delegate.
    Since the likelihood of Martz coming back is about as high as having Roman Gabriel as starting QB next year, the new HC needs to lay it out before he signs. He needs to have it in his contract that the three-ring circus will leave the football decisions alone. He will need to hire his own personnel, and understand that there are some things on this team that work great. Other things need minor adjustments. Still others need to be imploded and reconstructed. He also will need to listen to his players. Some of the players know more about their opponents and how they play than any coach will ever know - take Faulk, or Bruce, for instance. And, he will need to leave the "fixer-upper projects" alone. Same goes for the big name geriatric players. (Remember Montana in KC or Namath in LA? Not the best of times...)
    I'm kind of excited about what changes will be taking place. I just hope the people who look at football in the business sense understand one thing: a winning team will result in increased income. A losing team will not make as much money. If they want to make money, they need to spend money on quality people, not someone they think they owe a favor to.

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    Re: FWIW, Fox ranks us as the 2nd best coaching vacancy

    we need a new defensive coordinator. im on the fence about a new coach. i think he needs one more year. after all, he practically put that team together.

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    Re: FWIW, Fox ranks us as the 2nd best coaching vacancy

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMMAN68
    I think the chicken &**#$ is a tad bit overboard. There is some talent on the D side, just not good coaching.

    I hope that the RAMS brain trust realizes that they need to improve the personnel department as well as hiring the RIGHT coach. :clanram:
    Look hotshot, when your defense is ranked worst in the league, you need to realize two things:

    1. Your defense is chicken-****
    2. It cannot be all the D coordinator's fault. Marmie isnt on the field missing tackles are blowing coverage.

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    Re: FWIW, Fox ranks us as the 2nd best coaching vacancy

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack_Youngblood
    Look hotshot, when your defense is ranked worst in the league, you need to realize two things:

    1. Your defense is chicken-****
    2. It cannot be all the D coordinator's fault. Marmie isnt on the field missing tackles are blowing coverage.
    Not that it makes much difference but we are ranked 2nd last in front of San Fran
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    Re: FWIW, Fox ranks us as the 2nd best coaching vacancy

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMMAN68
    I think the chicken &**#$ is a tad bit overboard. There is some talent on the D side, just not good coaching.

    I hope that the RAMS brain trust realizes that they need to improve the personnel department as well as hiring the RIGHT coach. :clanram:
    Agreed! Thats the honest truth!
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