Wednesday, January 04, 2006

COACHES FINDING IT HARD TO ARGUE OVER UNJUSTIFIED FIRINGS

When Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie drop-kicked a ball it didn't take long for the idea to catch on. Soon after Flutie's boot, one owner after another conclude it was a fine thing to try with coaches. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf waited until Mike Tice wrapped up his post-game news conference Sunday evening, then had press releases handed out announcing Tice had been fired. Dom Capers was told to clean out his desk in Houston. Jim Haslett apparently got his wish and was fired in New Orleans. Mike Martz, who was cleared to return to work Sunday after recovering from a heart virus, was fired Monday by the Rams. And Mike Sherman was sent packing in Green Bay, where the question is coming up will Brett Favre follow him? 69-year-old Dick Vermeil, told his Chiefs on Saturday night that he was retiring, and Steve Mariucci, was fired just after Thanksgiving. Probably, Oakland will fire Norv Turner as soon as today. The number of vacancies is growing and it will continue to grow if Bills owner Ralph Wilson decides to make a clean sweep of Mike Mularkey, along with general manager Tom Donahoe. There may also be another opening if Kansas City pursues Jets coach Herman Edwards. However, what's surprising about all the firings is how few hot candidates are available.

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