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Audibles From the Long Snapper: NFL Edition

| January 5th, 2011

So before we get to the Weekend of the Wild Card, I figured I’d weigh in on the happenings around the league over this past week.

Leslie Frazier is a solid choice for the Minnesota Vikings but I wonder if they interviewed any non-minority candidates.

The Raiders went undefeated in their division and finally looked like a viable organization.  So of course the owner, who looks like he’s on display in a wax museum, sent a damn fine head coach like Tom Cable out the door.

Giants fans clamored on local radio for the firing of Tom Coughlin (John Mara soundly kept him).  But were the Giants really willing to fire a great GM like Jerry Reese to bring in Bill Cowher?  By the way, I believe William Cowher might need to hurry if he wants back into the league because the jobs they are a goin.

Titans owner Bud Adams selected Jeff Fisher over Vince Young.  Fisher needs a quarterback and there’s a pretty good one currently relegated to the backup role in Denver.

I simply don’t understand Jerry Jones bringing back Jason Garrett as head coach of the Cowboys.  It strikes me as another sign that Jones is not a capable football man.

So the solution for the Houston Texans to their perpetually disappointing seasons was to keep Gary Kubiak and bring in Wade Phillips to run the defense?  Why not bounce Kubiak to offensive coordinator and bring in Marty Schottenheimer to run the whole thing and that way you can guarantee disappointment?
The Carolina Panthers are going to draft Andrew Luck and whoever takes that job, most likely at a reduced rate, is going to be very happy he did.  (On a similar note, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett needs to stay in college another year and learn how to deal with a collapsing pocket.)

If Jim Harbaugh becomes the next coach of the San Francisco 49ers, he’ll still be taking over a crappy team without a quarterback.  Which Harbaugh should be used to.  It defines his entire NFL career.

Here’s why Marvin Lewis is back in Cincinnati: nobody else wants the job.  What coach would embrace getting into twice-a-year fights with Pittsburgh and Baltimore, two of the best organizations in the league?

Mike Holmgren isn’t really waiting to hire Marty Mornhinweg, is he?  Does he not remember when Marty took the wind against the Bears in overtime and lost the game moments later?  I thought that was the kind of decision that put you on the Physically Unable to Head Coach Ever Again (PUHCEA) list.

The only crazier coach keep than Kubiak is Norv Turner in San Diego.  What point is that organization trying to prove?  Because the point they are currently proving is that you can have one of the league’s best offenses and defenses each year and still be terrible.

Newly empowered Broncos VP John Elway says he can’t imagine a coach that would not want Tim Tebow.  Let me aid him.  Imagine, John, a coach who would like a quarterback that can do more than toss screens and bombs to wide open receivers and run kinda slow around the left end.  Imagine a coach who thinks that a quarterback requires more than biblical passages under his eyes to beat defenses that aren’t the horror show they set up in Houston.

From the Arizona Republic, John Skleton wants a shot to start for the Cardinals next season.  Let’s rank the worse “Handlings” of the past few years:  (3) BP and the oil spill.  (2) Tiger Woods and the tagging of every skank in North America.  (1) Ken Whisenhunt and the post-Kurt Warner quarterback position.

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