It’s a Thankless Job

January 4th was officialy Black Monday in the NFL this year, with lots of coaches left wondering whether or not they were going to get fired. Besides the Dick Jauron firing in Buffalo during the season, I believe Jim Zorn was the second to be let go. Washington appears poised to move in another direction, wooing Mike Shanahan, one of the more accomplished coaches of the past two decades, and one who also bears an uncanny resemblance to one George W. Bush. Reports are that they could be announcing it as soon as today.

I honestly don't know if this is President Bush or Mike Shanahan.

As far as the Oakland Raiders go, their disappointing season ended with a home loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Head Coach Tom Cable, who has been involved in his share of legal disputes, could also be fired soon. Cable apparently disagrees with the pending decision, arguing that he deserves to remain as head coach. In my opinion, Cable deserves to be fired, then arrested. Actually I’m not too picky about the order, but both need to happen. Probably the other way around, because he is one guy I could see going postal on his way out. The New York Giants reportedly let go of their defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan already, and as Giants fans would say, good riddens. That defense is loaded with talent, but they played like crap this year. Injuries certainly didn’t help, but just about every team has to deal with those. The Giants secondary was as soft as pudding, especially in big games.

Needless to say, these coaches all deserve what they get/got. That’s the nature of professional sports: if you don’t win, you’re most likely out. Really, the only time you’re untouchable is if you win the Superbowl or NBA Championship, depending on which sport we’re talking about. Even then, the crowd can turn on you fast. That’s why guys like Bill Belichick and Gregg Popavich impress me so much. The NFL and NBA are cut-throat leagues, and to be able to withstand the test of time like they have is amazing. I have a sneaking suspicion, however, the certain coaches wish their job security was a lot more like American Idol. If it were, the good looking coaches would be golden until their looks faded. Once that happens they might actually have to start learning the X’s and O’s of the sport they coach.

NFL Announces Schedule

Well, not the dates and times, but they have announced the home and away opponents of each team. The Dallas Cowboys continue their rotten run of luck into 2010, facing off against the AFC South and NFC North, with away games at Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, and Indianapolis(you know, where Peyton Manning runs this town). They are also lucky enough to have to play Arizona IN Arizona. Thanks, Roger Goodell. YOU’RE THE BEST!

If you’re too lazy to click, other interesting games to mark on your calendar:

New England @ San Diego

San Diego @ Indianapolis

Pittsburgh @ New Orleans

New Orleans @ Dallas

New England @ Pittsburgh

and, of course, as always, Indianapolis @ New England

It wouldn’t be an NFL season if Tom didn’t get to play Peyton, would it?

Cheers.

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2 Responses to “It’s a Thankless Job”

  1. Taylor Says:

    LOL @ that caption. Genius.

  2. Anthony Burrola Says:

    Haha thanks man. And thanks for reading.

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