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Black Monday Could Lead To Recycling
January 2, 2013 - Al Stephenson
Under ordinary circumstances I would suggest that recycling is a good thing. I'm not so sure about it this time.
Black Monday brought the firing of 7 NFL head coaches. Here's the list: Andy Reid axed by Philadelphia, Ken Whisenhunt by Arizona, Lovie Smith by Chicago, Chan Gailey by Buffalo, Norv Turner by San Diego, Romeo Crennel by Kansas City and of course, Pat Shurmur by the Cleveland Browns. A large number to be sure, but the big question is how many of them will return to the sidelines when the NFL opens its 2013 season. I'm not talking about an assistant's job either.
If you believe the rumor mill Reid, Whisenhunt and Smith might well be heading to another city in the same posistion they were just fired from. Reid is going to interview in Kansas City and Phoenix. The Bills seem to have an interest in Whisenhunt and there appears to be a "loving" feeling for Smith by a couple of suitors.
For some reason I have a hard time accepting the fact that my team would want to pick up a guy that somebody else didn't want. Hey, they were fired for a reason. That reason is they didn't win, or at least not enough. For every Bill Belichick there are several Manny Actas. Belichick didn't win in Cleveland, but has made New England into a perennial contender. Acta couldn't win in Washington and Cleveland was no different. Yeah I know, the common denominator is Cleveland!
Whether any of the three will become head coaches again (in 2013 or later) will soon be determined. As for the Browns, they don't seem to be interested in recycling, but instead might look to the college ranks.
The view from my seat suggests that whatever the Browns do, I just hope it works. Browns fans are starved for a winner. There is a legitimate question that begs to be asked however. Would Chip Kelly actually try to bring his offense to the NFL?
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