Tis the Season To Be Fired.
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It’s already happened to Wade Phillips of Dallas, Tim Brewster of Minnesota and Dan Hawkins at the University of Colorado.
Today the Minnesota Vikings fired Brad Childress.
This is the time of year that universities and professional teams out of playoff contention often decide that they can “do better” than their current successes or failures and cut ties with the coaches and coaching staffs that have been working toward the common goal of winning.
Some administrators and general managers make the right decision. Some however do not.
Bottom line, there will be plenty of other people that will be fired this year.
Now I take a few guesses at who those people will or should be.
Vanderbilt – Robbie Caldwell. This was always a one year gig for Caldwell unless he won. 2 games won’t be enough.
Clemson – Dabo Swinney. Clemson made lots of mistakes with their change a few seasons ago. Not only did they fire an established coach and replace him with an unproven guy, but that guy hasn’t produced.
Washington State – Paul Wulff. The Cougars are about to go through a lot of changes in the new Pac 16 Conference. They can’t afford to sit back and not try to show a commitment to winning. Even though Wulff is a homegrown product, they need to act.
West Virginia – Bill Snyder. The Mountaineers haven’t had the success with Snyder that they did with Rich Rod. If they keep Snyder at the helm, they will stay in the middle of the pack in the Big East, which when translated to a REAL Conference, would be near the bottom.
Texas A&M – Mike Sherman. The Aggies turned a bad season around with two upsets of Oklahoma and Nebraska, so this firing will probably not happen. However, Sherman is not the man to lead the Aggies to Conference Championships…regardless what conference that is in the next few years.
USC- Lane Kiffin. Do they really need a reason?
San Francisco 49ers – Mike Singletary. Mike’s deal runs through 2012, but this season’s bad start after a more competitive 2009 is being seen as a step back in the Bay area. It can’t help that the Raiders are playing better.
Carolina Panthers – John Fox. Fox won’t be back next year, and it looks like he might not make it until the end of the season. The Panthers are 1-9 and the only saving grace is that the players haven’t given up on him.
Cincinnati Bengals – Marvin Lewis. The Bengals are awful. How can a team with the offensive fire power that they have, be playing that poorly? They should be either killing teams or at least winning high scoring games. They aren’t. They are 2-8.
Denver Broncos – Josh McDaniels was 8-8 in his first season and 3-6 so far in 2010, McDaniels also had a public dispute with a former QB which should have been kept in the locker room. I’m not sure if the Broncos’ ownership will give up on him this quickly, but it should.
Who do you think will or should be fired as we finish up 2010? Post your comments below.