Friday, December 30, 2005

WHICH THE BLISTERING TEAM?

After coach Brian Billick’s Ravens seven of its first nine games this season Billick was asked whether he had any concerns about his job security. Billick suggested that the remaining two years and $9 million on his contract pretty much guaranteed his return in 2006, despite the consequences of how the rest of `05 played out. Billick turned out to be right. The team wouldn't be making a coaching change. By this time next week, there could be as many as eight teams looking for a new head coach. There haven't been more than seven head-coaching changes in one year since 1998, when eight jobs turned over. Last year, there were only three: Nick Saban replaced Dave Wannstedt in Miami, Romeo Crennel replaced Butch Davis in Cleveland, and Mike Nolan succeeded Dennis Erickson in San Francisco. Injuries and poor personnel decisions by Sherman when he also was the club's GM are mainly responsible for the 3-12 fix the Packers are in. Sherman is a competent coach, but new GM Ted Thompson probably will bring in his own hire to help with the rebuilding process. His status is on a bubble. It’s been only two years since Turner joined the Raiders, but owner Al Davis is known for his quick hook. Big Al thought the Raiders could make a Super Bowl run this season. Instead, they're 4-11. Somebody has to pay for that. Ya! You are right, it will be Turner. Bill Parcells has little else in his life other than coaching. It gives him a reason to get up in the morning and take back his job.

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