October 19, 2011

Tony Sparano Is Overmatched: Mike Tanier looks at what it takes to be "the CEO of a multi-billion dollar operation" and how just hiring the hot coordinator may be missing the point.

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 10:45 AM - 2 comments

Parcells was indeed a good CEO HC, but he has not been adept at selecting, approving, or making way for other head coaches.

Ray Handley was a disaster as a "hand-picked" replacement when Parcells left the Giants.

Belichick's succession as HC of the Jets provided a truly surreal and wobbly moment, to the point where some New England fans wondered why Bob Kraft would subsequently hire such a seemingly unstable man. (All that was eventually forgotten as Belichick wrote his legend in Foxboro).

And the choice of Sparano in Miami is at the core of the linked article.

Have to give the Tuna a pass on the hiring of Wade Phillips in Dallas, though. That seems to have been mostly Jerry's doing.

(Side note: I'd love to see Parcells, the man whose Jets went to the AFC title game with Vinny T. and played .500 ball with Rick Mirer and Ray Lucas at QB, coach this year's Colts. I don't think they'd be winless).

posted by beaverboard at 12:10 PM on October 19, 2011

Parcells was a good HC. He sucked as a head of football operations and he's the main reason the Dolphins are going down in flames. He hired the vastly under qualified Sparano. He hired Ireland. He chose a tackle with the #1 pick in the draft instead of a potential franchise QB. And then he ran away in the middle of the night so he wouldn't get the blame.

posted by Bruce007 at 01:18 PM on October 20, 2011

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