2010 is the year of the New Head Coach

compiled/edited by Jason ZajdelWith the NFL season officially over and the playoffs starting this weekend, here is a recap of the head coach firing madness:

  • Wade Phillips – Dallas Cowboys – November 8 – Fired after Dallas, projected to win their division, were thought of as the worst team in NFL (despite the Buffalo Bills having a winless season at that point).
  • Brad Childress – Minnesota Vikings – November 22 – Fired after multiple arguments with star players and realization that the playoffs were no longer reachable this season, as they made it to the NFC Championship game last season.
  • Josh McDaniels – Denver Broncos – December 6 – Fired after being caught videotaping the 49ers before the London game.
  • Mike Singletary – San Francisco 49ers – December 27 – Jed York fired Mike just hours after the loss to the St. Louis Rams which put the 49ers officially out of the playoff hopes, after San Francisco was projected to win the division. Mike’s coaching record for the 49ers ended at 18 wins and 22 losses.
  • Eric Mangini – Cleveland Browns – January 3 – After 2 straight seasons at 5-11 including losing the last 4 games of this season, Mike Holmgren made the decision to not give Eric a third chance.
My predictions for the next coaches to be fired before next season:
  • Jeff Fisher – Tennessee Titans – He may not be back next year, between arguments with quarterback Vince Young and coaching/owner staff, despite his record of success in the past.
  • Tony Sparano – Miami Dolphins – Many fans are calling for Tony to be released if Miami has any chance for the future. His job is at this time undetermined.

Bye bye, Brad

It’s about time. You cannot expect to stay a head coach in the NFL when you lose the respect of your star players. Perhaps Brett Favre is next to be axed??!?

The Minnesota Vikings have relieved Brad Childress of his coaching duties and promoted defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier to interim coach for the rest of the season, the team said. Frazier and Vikings owner Zygi Wilf are scheduled to hold a news conference at 4 p.m. ET at the team’s facility.

The Vikings, tabbed as a preseason Super Bowl pick, struggled to a 3-7 record amid dysfunction. Wilf had said he would stick with Childress, but the last straw was apparently the team’s humbling 31-3 loss to the archrival Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 31-3 loss was his most-lopsided home defeat in Childress’ five years as Vikings coach, dropping his overall record to 40-37, including 1-2 in the playoffs.

He’s gone again, baby

Now what in the heck am I going to do with my new Vikings – Randy Moss #84 jersey? Argh!

The Vikings waived Moss on Monday, one day after he criticized head coach Brad Childress in a bizarre news conference following a 28-18 loss in New England. Vikings LB Ben Leber told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Childress told the team it had cut Randy Moss.

The Vikings, who acquired Moss from the Patriots for a third-round pick on Oct. 6, are the second team to move on from him this season. Randy is set to become a free agent after the season but would have to clear waivers before he becomes so.

Moss played in four games for the Vikings and caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two TDs. After Sunday’s game, Moss spoke glowingly of his time in New England. “Man, I miss them guys, man. I miss the team,” he said. “It was hard for me to come here and play.”