As I sit here and look with slight disappointment at my once glorious sounding playoff predictions, I come to the realization that things could be much worse.
I could be a Washington Redskins fan this morning.
Talk about instability. Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder is on the hunt for his 8th coach, following the completely unsurprising firing of Mike Shanahan.
Ironically, part of hiring Shanahan back in January 2010 was that he would bring a sense of stability to the troubled franchise. So much for that…
The disastrous 3-13 ending to the regular season is made worse by the fact that a year ago, the team was the NFC East champ and playoff bound.
The one playoff trip and NFC East title that pumped up the team’s profile a year ago is now in the shadows of this season’s 3-13 disastrous ending. Looks like it’s time to regroup. Again.
Or, I guess it could be even worse and I could be a Steelers fan this morning.
You had the playoffs in sight thanks to the Jets and Bengals wins, but then Kansas City coach Andy Reid rested his starters and ruined your chances.
Before you claim your hatred for Reid, let’s keep one key thing in mind. The Steelers would not have had to rely on the outcome of three different games, aside from their own yesterday, had the team not had one of its worst season starts since 1968.
Granted there were some key injuries the team had to deal with at the beginning of the season, but there were also some pretty bad losses that could have been avoided entirely (hello Raiders, Vikings).
Have to give credit where it is due for the Steelers pulling eight wins out of those final 12 games, but it was too late.
But it could be much worse and I could be a Cowboys fan.
Not that this is a new position for any of you to be in. Let’s be honest, you are used to getting your hearts trampled over by the inconsistency of the offense, the unpredictable nature of your defense and the sheer disappointment that happens after you build up your team to unthinkable expectations.
For all my friendly Cowboys fans that yelled at me to “jump their wagon” when my beloved Giants were having the horrible season they did (which for the record I’m a Giants fan to the grave) this one’s for you.
Over the past three seasons, the Cowboys have successfully lost the NFC East Title in Week 17, while boasting of their abilities, which lets be honest are anything above average. Even if the Cowboys were to magically make it past the Eagles yesterday (which was an ugly game in itself), there was no chance they were making it much further by playing at the mediocre level they’ve maintained all year.
Sorry but I’m not sorry.
Thankfully, at least I can still say I have a job.
Unfortunately for the following list I can’t say the same. RIP to those coaching positions below and those still yet to be announced.
Black Monday Casualties
Washington Redskins- Mike Shanahan
Minnesota Vikings- Leslie Frazier
Cleveland Browns- Rob Chudzinski (Honestly you built up the guy and then gave him just a year? Not enough time for a coach to establish anything, no matter how bad the first year goes)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Greg Schiano
Detroit Lions – Jim Schwartz
Houston Texans – Wade Phillips (Ok, so not a casualty of Black Monday, but for the sake of head coach vacancies felt the need to list)
*Who wants to guess the game of reshuffle these coaches and teams are going to be going through in the next few weeks? I hear Houston Texans are announcing their new coach tomorrow…