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Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – James Dean

Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – James Dean

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“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”

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“There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.”

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“Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that’s all you have.”

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“Only the gentle are ever really strong.”

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“Being a good actor isn’t easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I’m done.”

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“When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn’t acting. It’s following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that.”

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“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.”

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“To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.”

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“The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.”

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“The only greatness for man is immortality.”

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“I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.”

Wikipedia: James Dean

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Dennis Allen Fired by the Oakland Raiders – NFL Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Oh Mr. Cash….Give It To These Hot Seat Coaches With The Bark On!

Dennis Allen Fired by the Oakland Raiders

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Big Surprise…NOT….that the Oakland Raiders fired Dennis Allen on Monday night after the Raiders started the 2014 season at…

0 – 4

Whatever the shortcomings of the Oakland Raiders roster and there are many problems with the Raiders roster who were the Raiders kidding in hiring Dennis Allen three seasons ago because ANYONE with an IQ over room temperature could talk to Dennis Allen and in five seconds quickly realize he was not yet ready to be a head coach in the NFL but then we are talking about the Raiders here…right?

RIGHT!

If we were hired to be the general manager of the Oakland Raiders tomorrow here are the coaches we could go after in order to be the next head coach of the Raiders:

Mike Leach, Washington State – The Pirate Mike Leach would like Chip Kelly be a breath of fresh air for the NFL and unlike Lane Kiffin….Mike Leach can coach! Anyone that is old to remember the days of John Madden as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders…and we are….will note the similarities between Madden and Mike Leach and that is a very Damn good thing. One thing about hiring Mike Leach though….the Oakland Raiders ownership and management would need to give him a decent roster and then stay the Hell out of his way.

Jon Gruden – Gotta see if Chucky is interested in coming back to Oakland…right? RIGHT!

Jim Harbaugh – Everyone knows Jim Harbaugh is done with the 49ers even if San Francisco wins the Super Bowl and everyone knows that Harbaugh really respected Al Davis which makes Jim Harbaugh a nice fit in Oakland.

Hue Jackson – Hue did a nice job in his one year as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011 posting an 8 – 8 record and Hue Jackson might just be who the Raiders end up with as their head coach in the end if the BIG names don’t pan out.

Greg Roman – Greg Roman has done a nice job as the offensive coordinator for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and with the 49ers and he MIGHT be a good head coach but who really knows….we sure the Hell don’t know!

Sean Payton – Maybe Sean Payton could be so pissed-off about the moves the Saints made in the offseason which gutted his football team that he might just listen to an offer from the Raiders but it better Damn be a big offer that’s for Damn sure!

 

NFL Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

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NFL Post Week 4 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

Oh Mr. Cash….Give It To These Hot Seat Coaches With The Bark On!

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1.  Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars – We don’t have a good handle on what the expectations are for Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley but when you are sitting on an overall win/loss record of…

4 – 16

….in your second year on the job one has to think that there is a “X” number of games that Bradley will be allowed to lose before he loses his job and just guessing IF Bradley and the Jaguars don’t match their wins mark in 2013 of…

4 Wins

….Gus Bradley’s job status in Jacksonville will come into serious question later this season.

Now at 0 – 4 on the 2014 season things don’t get any easier with the Pittsburgh Steelers coming to town on Sunday after their embarrassing loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs and with that in mind we can only welcome Gus Bradley to the No. 1 Hot Seat and wish Gus Bradley…

Good Luck Gus…you will need it!

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2.  Rex Ryan, New York Jets – We are not even sure if the New York Jets ownership and management….

Really Gives A Damn About Winning or Not

…because Rex Ryan was kept on to coach the Jets in 2014 after posting the following records over the past three seasons….

2011:  8 – 8 – No Playoffs
2012:  6 – 10 – No Playoffs
2013:  8 – 8 – No Playoffs

….so the Jets starting the 2014 season off at….

1 – 3

….may just not be that big of a deal since it seems to us that Rex Ryan could completely destroy the Jets football team and the ownership/management of the Jets…

WOULD NOT GIVE A DAMN!

In our opinion of course!

Now at 1 – 3 on the season Rex Ryan and the Jets have to play on the road against the surging San Diego Chargers on Sunday and a loss in this spot will mean for Ryan and the Jets…

Probably NOTHING AT ALL!

….because in our opinion…

Whether the New York Jets win another football game or not EVER AGAIN is MEANINGLESS!

Just our opinion based upon FACTS of the last few seasons.

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3.  Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans – In our opinion the Tennessee Titans have average to mediocre talent on their football team so we don’t expect to Ken Whisenhunt to take the Titans to the Playoffs in 2014 BUT we do expect Whisenhunt to put up at least….

6 Wins

….in 2014 and with the Titans off to a…

1 – 3

…start and with these games left to be played…

Cleveland
Jacksonville
At Washington
Houston
At Baltimore
Pittsburgh
At Philadelphia
At Houston
New York Giants
New York Jets
At Jacksonville
Indianapolis

….Ken Whisenhunt SHOULD be able to get the Titans to 6 wins in 2014 or Whisenhunt will find his rear-end on a very Hot Seat for the rest of this season and into 2015.

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4.  Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins – Joe Philbin and the Miami Dolphins got their MUST WIN over the Oakland Raiders in London but beating the Oakland Raiders these days is about like saying you beat….

AIR

….and now it is back to Big Boy NFL football with the Green Bay Packers coming to Miami on October 12 after a bye week for the Dolphins.

Our opinion:  Either the Miami Dolphins go to the Postseason Playoffs in 2014 or Joe Philbin will be out of a job come the New Year.

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5.  Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons – No doubt Mike Smith is a very good football coach BUT Mike Smith is in our opinion is working under a very simple demand in 2014:

Either the Atlanta Falcons go to the Playoffs in 2014 or Mike Smith will be out of a job.

On Sunday the Atlanta Falcons lost a tough game to the Minnesota Vikings to drop to….

2 – 2

…on the season and up next for the Falcons:

At the New York Giants.

Uhhhh….this New York Giants game is a MUST WIN Game for Mike Smith and the Atlanta Falcons….PERIOD.

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6.  Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints – Surely Sean Payton in his eighth season with the New Orleans Saints understands that the NFL is a league based upon the simple premise that…

What Have You Done Lately?

….is paramount and after watching the Dallas Cowboys destroy the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night we would like to welcome Sean Payton to the Hot Seat and in our opinion Payton can thank the ownership and front-office of the Saints for lighting Payton’s ass on fire:

The Saints Let Go Of A Bunch of Players To Sign A $54 Million Dollar Free Agent, And It’s Coming Back To Haunt Them, Tony Manfred, Business Insider

“The New Orleans Saints went into free agency in March with virtually no cap room.

They came out of free agency with the consensus No. 1 free agent, Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd, who they signed on a six-year, $54-million contract.

They were able to pull this off because of two things: 1) they backloaded the money in Byrd’s contract, which could be crippling down the line, but lets them stay under the salary cap this year, and 2) they traded, cut, or let a number of role players leave in free agency.

The Saints went all in. They decided Drew Brees only has a few years left, the roster is good enough now to compete for a Super Bowl, and the window for this team to win it all is rapidly closing. So they went for it and signed Byrd, salary cap be damned.

Now they’re 1-3 after getting destroyed by the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. History says 1-3 teams miss the playoffs 85% of the time. To make matters worse, some of the role players they were forced to let go of are playing exceptionally well.”

There may not be any former NFL general managers here at Coaches Hot Seat but we have hired and fired thousands of people over the years and our philosophy on talent is very simple:

We have NEVER met anyone that is indispensable or that would be so valuable to our companies that we would have to put at risk the overall success of our companies to sign that talented person to a contract which is why it is ALWAYS very Damn stupid for any company or any NFL team to go all in on ANY football player because there is ALWAYS someone that can play very close to the level of the “star” and thus the BIG contract that might damage the overall success of the team…either financially or mentally….for the “star” is 99.99999995 of the time STUPID and FOOLISH.

Uhhhh…the TRUTH the New Orleans Saints are owned and run by Complete Buffoons and they have landed their head football coach on the Hot Seat!

Next up for the New Orleans Saints:

Tampa Bay Bucs at Home.

Uhhhh….better not lose this game Sean Payton!

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7.  Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys – Before Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones start celebrating their 3 – 1 start to the 2014 season they should realize that the THREE teams the Cowboys have beaten…Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams, and New Orleans Saints….have a combined record of…

3 – 8

…and in our opinion the Titans, Rams, and Saints will have LOSING records when the 2014 season is concluded so the Dallas Cowboys have posted so far…

1 Loss to a Decent Team in the San Francisco 49ers

3 Wins over Three Pitiful Teams in the Titans, Rams, and Saints

Next up for the Dallas Cowboys:

The 3 – 1 Houston Texans at Home which will be the second Decent Team that the Cowboys have played in 2014 and if the Cowboys lose this game to a team with a FIRST YEAR head coach that took over a Complete Disaster in Houston it will be Jason Garrett on the…

No. 1 Hot Seat come next Tuesday morning!

Coach ‘em up Jason Garrett!

Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – Mahatma Gandhi

Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – Mahatma Gandhi

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“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”

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“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”

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“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”

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“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

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“All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.”

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“All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.”

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“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

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“Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.”

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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

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“Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?”

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“Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”

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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

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‘Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.”

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“It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.”

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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

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“Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.”

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“My life is my message.”

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“Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.”

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“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.”

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“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.”

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“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

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“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.”

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“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”

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“Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.”

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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

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“Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.”

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“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.”

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“A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.”

Wikipedia: Mohandas Gandhi

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Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Monday, September 29, 2014 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Monday, September 29, 2014 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

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“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”

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“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

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“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

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“There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.”

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“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

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“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

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“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.”

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“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

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“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”

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“I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.”

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“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”

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“The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false. The tough-minded individual is astute and discerning. He has a strong austere quality that makes for firmness of purpose and solidness of commitment. Who doubts that this toughness is one of man’s greatest needs? Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

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“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

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“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

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“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

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“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

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“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”

“I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

“This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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“The time is always right to do what’s right.”

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“Each of us lives in two realms, the “within” and the “without.” The within of our lives is somehow found in the realm of ends, the without in the realm of means. The within of our [lives], the bottom — that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion for which at best we live. The without of our lives is that realm of instrumentalities, techniques, mechanisms by which we live. Now the great temptation of life and the great tragedy of life is that so often we allow the without of our lives to absorb the within of our lives. The great tragedy of life is that too often we allow the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live.”

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“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that’s all I want to say.”

“We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.”

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“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like any man, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

Wikipedia: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Sunday, September 28, 2014 – Bobby Jones

Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Sunday, September 28, 2014 – Bobby Jones

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Robert Tyre Jones, Jr retired from golf in 1930, at the age of 28, still an amateur, having just won the Grand Slam. Grantland Rice wrote of him:

“One might as well attempt to describe the smoothness of the wind as to paint a clear picture of his complete swing. A consummate gentleman, he also possessed wit, a temper and a keen intellect, and all of these are evident in his many insights into golf and life.”

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“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.”

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“Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course…the space between your ears.”

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“It is nothing new or original to say that golf is played one stroke at a time. But it took me many years to realize it.”

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“Some people think they are concentrating when they’re merely worrying.”

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“The secret of golf is to turn three shots into two.”

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“Golf is assuredly a mystifying game. It would seem that if a person has hit a golf ball correctly a thousand times, he should be able to duplicate the performance at will. But this is certainly not the case.”

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“Sometimes the game of golf is just too difficult to endure with a golf club in your hands.”

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Bobby Jones was not only a consummately skilled golfer but exemplified the principles of sportsmanship and fair play. Early in his amateur career, he was in the final round of the 1925 U.S. Open at the Worcester Country Club. During the match, his ball ended up in the rough just off the fairway, and as he was setting up to play his shot, his iron caused a slight movement of the ball. He immediately got angry with himself, turned to the marshals, and called a penalty on himself. The marshals discussed among themselves and questioned some of the gallery whether they had seen Jones’s ball move. Their decision was that neither they nor anyone else had witnessed any incident, so the decision was left to Jones. Bobby Jones called the two-stroke penalty on himself, not knowing that he would lose the tournament by one stroke. When he was praised for his gesture, Jones replied,

“You may as well praise a man for not robbing a bank.”

Wikipedia Page: Bobby Jones

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Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Saturday, September 27, 2014 – Arnold Palmer

Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Saturday, September 27, 2014 – Arnold Palmer

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“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”

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“Concentration, Confidence, Competitive urge, Capacity for enjoyment.”

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“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.”

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“I never quit trying. I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”

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“I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.”

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“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”

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“It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.”

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“Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”

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“Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.”

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“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.”

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“What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.”

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“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting it is.”

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“You must play boldly to win.”

Wikipedia: Arnold Palmer

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Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Friday, September 26, 2014 – Jack Nicklaus

Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Friday, September 26, 2014 – Jack Nicklaus

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“If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach. I’ve loved this course from the first time I saw it. It’s possibly the best in the world.”

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“A kid grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave.”

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“Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.”

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“Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.”

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“Don’t be too proud to take lessons. I’m not.”

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“Focus on remedies, not faults.”

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“How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us
through life.”

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“I like trying to win. That’s what golf is all about. “

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“I’m a firm believer that in the theory that people only do their best at things they truly enjoy. It is difficult to excel at something you don’t enjoy.”

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“My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal has been my greatest asset.”

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“Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you’re the best.”

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“Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.”

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“Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe you can play a shot instead of wondering where your next bad shot is coming from.”

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“Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.”

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“The game of golf is meant to be fun.”

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“The two things that motivate me most are closely allied. They are failure and a desire for self-improvement.

By failure, I don’t necessarily mean getting beat, although that’s often the end result and in itself is a strong motivation to go to work. The kind of failing I’m talking about is failing to measure up to the standards I’ve set for myself personally. When that happens, I get an irresistible urge – almost a compulsion – to improve.
Whatever effort is necessary to prevent another failure, I just have to make it. Like now. Today.

Frankly, I believe this, more than anything else, is the reason I am where I am today. I’m not an easily satisfied person. Sure I take a lot of satisfaction in what I’ve achieved. But life doesn’t stand still. Every satisfaction wanes after a while, so if you’re like me you don’t sit around looking backwards. You try to move on, to look for something that gives you another satisfaction and, at the same time, hopefully adds a little more to your life.”Jack Nicklaus, Jack Nicklaus’ Playing Lessons, Chapter 1

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“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I see the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behavior on landing. Then there is a sort of fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.”

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“I like trying to win. That’s what golf is all about.”

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Arnold Palmer, in 1962, after losing the U.S. Open to 22-year-old Nicklaus in a playoff: “Now that the big guy’s out of the cage, everybody better run for cover.”

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Bobby Jones after watching Nicklaus win the 1965 Masters: “Nicklaus played a game with which I am not familiar.”

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Author Rick Reilly: “He was not homespun like Sam Snead, funny like Lee Trevino. His pants didn’t need hitching like Palmer’s. Instead, he won over America with
pure, unbleached excellence.”

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Chi Chi Rodriguez: “Jack Nicklaus is a legend in his spare time.”

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Gene Sarazen: “I never thought anyone would ever put Hogan in the shadows, but he did.”

And

Tom Weiskopf: “Jack knew he was going to beat you. You knew Jack was going to beat you. And Jack knew that you knew that he was going to beat you.”

Wikipedia: Jack Nicklaus

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Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Thursday, September 25, 2014 – Walter Hagen

Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Thursday, September 25, 2014 – Walter Hagen

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“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”

And

“There is no tragedy in missing a putt, no matter how short. All have erred in this respect.”

And

“Make the hard ones look easy and the easy ones look hard.”

And

“You don’t have the game you played last year or last week. You only have today’s game. It may be far from your best, but that’s all you’ve got. Harden your heart and make the best of it.”

And

“No one remembers who came in second.”

Wikipedia: Walter Hagen

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Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – Bo Schembechler

Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – Bo Schembechler

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“When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.”

And

“Those who stay will be champions”

And

“If I make a mistake, I’m going to make a mistake aggressively and I’m going to make it quickly. I don’t believe in sleeping on a decision.”

And

“A Michigan man will coach Michigan.”

And

“We want the Big 10 championship. And we’re going to win it as a TEAM. They can throw out all those great backs and great quarterbacks and great defensive players throughout the country and in this conference. But there’s going to be one team that is going play solely as a team. No man is more important than the team. No coach is more important than the team. THE TEAM! THE TEAM! THE TEAM! And if we think that way, all of us, everything that you do you take into consideration what effect does it have on my team? Because you can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here, you will never play for a team again. You’ll play for a contract. You’ll play for this. You’ll play for that. You’ll play for everything except the team. And think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is THE TEAM! We’re going to win it. We’re going to win the championship again because we’re going to play as a team better than anyone else in the conference. We’re going to play together as a TEAM. We’re going to believe in each other. We’re not going to criticize each other. We’re not going to talk about each other. We’re going to encourage each other! And when we play as a team, when the old season is over, you and I know it’s going to be Michigan again. Michigan!”

And

Book Review: Bo’s Lasting Lessons, Three Star Leadership Blog – (Amazon.com Bo’s Lasting Lessons)

“Successful sports coaches seem to think that it’s part of their game plan to write books. After all, they’re celebrities of a sort and they know something about “winning” which is a popular topic with readers of all kinds.

Bo Schembechler is one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football. He coached Michigan football for twenty years, compiling a record of 234-65-8. During that time his teams won or tied for the Big Ten championship 13 times. He never had a losing season.

That’s why it’s somewhat amazing that it took so long for Bo’s Lasting Lessons to appear. But Bo Schembechler always did things his own way.

There are three big lessons in this book: values matter, keep the rules simple, and enforce them no matter what.

Values mattered for Schembechler. Honesty was the big one. He was going to be honest no matter what and he expected the same from his coaches, his players, and everyone else. The idea was simple: always do the right thing.

He kept the rules simple. He also made sure everyone who worked for him understood the rules. They included how players were to sit in team meetings and how they were expected to dress on road trips.

He enforced the rules he had. If anyone broke Bo’s rules there were consequences. And those consequences were as inevitable as nature.

Those are the big lessons, but there are lots of lessons and bits of wisdom scattered through the book. Here are some of my favorites.

If you’re the boss you have to accept the fact that you’re the bad cop and your assistants will be the good cops.

Don’t hire smart people and then not listen to their opinions.

Seek mentors, not money, especially in the early stages of your career.

Whatever your philosophy, whatever your standards, whatever your expectations, you establish those on day one. Don’t waste a second!

Recruit for character.

Develop leaders underneath you.

Goals can’t come from the top down. They’ve got to come from the people responsible for achieving them. Your job is to help them get there, and remind them every day what their goals are, and what they have to do to make their dreams come true.

Scuttle the star system. Give everyone a role and make it important.

Emphasize execution, not innovation.

There are lots more but you can find them for yourself when you read the book. I’ve got lots of things underlined, and Post-It notes dangle off lots of pages.

There are some things to watch for. First off, some of Bo’s recommendations don’t translate well to any environment other than an athletic team. Be prepared to modify them to suit.

And some things that Bo did back in the Sixties and Seventies aren’t things you can do today. Some of that involves privacy laws. Some of that is the way the world has changed. Be prepared to adapt that material, too.

Over the years, I’ve read lots of books by athletic coaches about how to achieve personal and business success. I’m almost always disappointed, but not this time.

This is an enjoyable and helpful book, in part because co-author John Bacon lets us see what I’m sure is the authentic Bo Schembechler. And Bo was a wise man and clear speaker.”

Wikipedia: Bo Schembechler

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NFL Post Week 3 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – These Hot Seat Coaches Are Already Under A Lot of Stress…Give Them A Little More Mr. Johnny Cash! – Communism Alive and Well in the State of Texas…..YES In Our Opinion!

NFL Post Week 3 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

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These Hot Seat Coaches are already under a lot of stress…give them a little more Mr. Johnny Cash!

NFL Post Week 3 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

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1.  Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders – The Oakland Raiders played a close game against what looks like a slightly above average NFL team in the 2014 version of the New England Patriots BUT Raiders head coach Dennis Allen needs WINS and quick or Allen may find himself out of a job before we get to the halfway point of the NFL season.

Now at 0 – 3 on the season and 8 – 27 overall in three seasons as the head coach of the Raiders there is a very interesting game set-up this coming Sunday between the No. 1 Hot Seat Coach (Dennis Allen) and the No. 3 Hot Seat Coach (Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin) in London with the losing head coach no doubt ending up in a bad spot that will be very difficult to get off of in 2014 with their head coaching job intact.

Can Dennis Allen’s Raiders team possibly beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and then go into the bye week with some time to regroup and get ready for an October 12 game against division foe San Diego Chargers at home in Oakland?

YES….but if the Raiders lose to the Dolphins at home on Sunday we have to think there is at least a 50 – 50 chance that Dennis Allen does NOT coach the game against the Chargers on October 12 which makes this Dolphins game the MUST WIN Game of all MUST WIN Games as it pertains to the head football coach of the Oakland Raiders.

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2.  Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars – It is OUR opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that…

Great Football Coaches are Great Football Coaches no matter what team they coach and that a Great Football Coach can make a Bad Team Good, a Good Team Very Good, A Very Good Team Great, and a Great Team a Champion

…..and that is why there is NO Damn Excuse for second year Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley or ANY other NFL head coach to not having his team moving forward in Year 2 on the job and the last time we checked at 0 – 3 as the Jaguars are right now in Bradley’s second-year on the job is NOT moving forward!

With the loss to the Colts on Sunday Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is now 0 – 3 on the season and 4 – 15 in two seasons on the job and either Bradley will get the Jaguars playing winning football soon or Gus Bradley will be just another NFL assistant coach that couldn’t hack it as a head coach which is a mighty Damn long list indeed.

The BIG problem facing Gus Bradley and the Jaguars is that now at 0 – 3 they have to play at the San Diego Chargers and then against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home up next which to us means the Jaguars are looking right at an 0 – 5 start to the 2014 NFL season with plenty of tough games still to play and a second losing season almost for sure up on the board for Gus Bradley as a head coach.

Can Gus Bradley survive going something like 4 – 12 again in 2014 after posting a 4 – 12 record last season?

Maybe….BUT….Maybe Not so our recommendation to Gus Bradley is to coach like your job is on the line Gus…..because it is!

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3.  Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins – It is OUR opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that the only way that Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin will have ANY chance to coach the Dolphins in 2015 is to take Miami to the Postseason Playoff this season and starting 1 – 2 which included an embarrassing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at home on Sunday was certainly not the way Joe Philbin NEEDED to start the 2014 season.

Even scarier the Dolphins they travel this Sunday to play the very Damn mediocre Oakland Raiders in London and a loss to the winless Raiders in this spot would really put Joe Philbin and his football team behind the 8-ball especially with the Green Back Packers coming to Miami to play the Dolphins on October 12.

The equation REALLY is very simple for Joe Philbin in 2014?

Make the Postseason Playoffs or BUST which means Joe Philbin and the Miami Dolphins better Damn beat the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

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4.  Rex Ryan, New York Jets – We will freely admit here at Coaches Hot Seat that we always liked Buddy Ryan when he was a coach in the NFL and thus we have always pulled for Rex Ryan to succeed himself BUT it is next to Damn impossible to pull for Rex Ryan when his football plays like it did on Monday night against the Chicago Bears which was very simply….

Very Damn Embarrassing for EVERYONE involved…..PERIOD.

If ANY Coaches Hot Seat member was sitting in the General Manager of the New York Jets on Monday night or ANY night for the last couple of seasons we would be incredibly Damn pissed-off right now because in our opinion…

Rex Ryan is FAILING at the most basic job of being a head coach

…which is getting HIS football team as the Head Coach ready to play each and every game and in our opinion the New York Jets were not ready to play the game against the Chicago Bears on Monday night.

Of course, this is a “sickness” of sorts of head coaches across the NFL that spend so much time on scheme, plays, and other Total and Complete Bullshit that has NOTHING to do with getting a team ready to play and win each and every game BUT this particular “sickness” is especially acute with the New York Jets under Rex Ryan and when a football club is spending Hundreds of Millions of Dollars on players and coaches we for one would…

DEMAND that the Head Football Coach get his teams ready to play and win each and every game….PERIOD.

Sorry Rex Ryan….you may know a Helluva lot about the game of football BUT you don’t know shit about being a head football coach.

Up next for the New York Jets…

The Detroit Lions at home in what is a MUST, MUST, MUST WIN Game for Rex Ryan….IF the New York Jets ownership and management actually give a Damn about fielding a WINNING team that is which in our opinion is an open question right now.

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5.  Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys – In the “Disconnected from the Real World and Not Giving A Damn Whether Your Team Actually Wins or Not” that is the Dallas Cowboys football team it probably didn’t matter that the Dallas Cowboys almost lost to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday because does it really matter at all if Jason Garrett and the Cowboys win a decent amount of games in 2014 and make the Postseason Playoffs?

Not really….in our opinion….because Jerry Jones knows that Dallas Cowboys fans are some of the Stupidest Damn People on Planet Earth and will buy tickets, merchandise, and all kinds of other Cowboys Crapola whether the Cowboys are winning or not which makes sense because in our opinion Jason Garrett could hold onto the Cowboys head coaching job forever into future whether he is winning or not….as long as Jason Garrett continues to kiss Jerry Jones’ precious ass….which is also our opinion as well!

Now at 2 – 1 on the season the Dallas Cowboys welcome into the stadium that is filled with those Very Damn Stupid Cowboys fans the New Orleans Saints this coming Sunday night and does it really matter at all if the Cowboys beat the Saints or not on Sunday night?

NOT REALLY!

Congratulations to Jerry Jones….you have done something that we didn’t think possible after President Ronald Reagan destroyed Communism 25 years ago….YOU Jerry Jones have revived Communism here in the United States of America and in the state of Texas to boot because what is a better example of the promotion of Communism than a head football coach with a .525 winning percentage basically being given a free pass whether he wins or not?

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Jerry Jones = Sorry Ass Communist…..in our opinion of course and Hell if Jerry Jones ever sued us over our opinion as citizens of the American Republic we would just bring a chart with Jason Garrett’s coaching records….

2010:  5 – 3 – No Playoffs
2011:  8 – 8 – No Playoffs
2012:  8 – 8 – No Playoffs
2013:  8 – 8 – No Playoffs
2014:  2 – 1 – Playoffs?

…..to court and the judge would find in our favor in about 5 seconds unless of course Jerry could get the case into court in the 9 th Federal Circuit in San Francisco which is full of Socialists that no doubt raise kids that don’t keep score in little league games which is the equivalent of what is going on with the Dallas Cowboys right now!

In our opinion of course!

Hell at this rate Jerry Jones there will be MILLIONS of kids in Texas that will believe being Very Damn Average….think Jason Garrett…is something to be celebrated and rewarded and doesn’t that bode well for the future of the state of Texas that might one day have lots of kids that will be wondering why they are constantly getting fired by REAL Americans when they are doing very Damn average work that certainly Damn seemed acceptable to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys!

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6.  Tom Coughlin, New York Giants – Believe it or not there was a time not that long ago when the New York Giants beating a team at home with a first year head coach like the Houston Texans would have been no Damn big deal BUT with the Giants looking like one of the worst coached teams in the game of football on any level in the American Republic today the Giants beating the Texans is a BIG deal because ANY win by Tom Coughlin and his Giants team these days is a reason to celebrate!

Now at 1 – 2 on the season the New York Giants travel to play at the Washington Redskins on Thursday night against another team with a first year head coach and thus a Hall of Fame coach like Tom Coughlin should have a team that will win this game against the Skins easily…..right?

Not Even Close!

Our guess….the Washington Redskins will DESTROY the hapless New York Giants on Thursday night who in our opinion will just flat-out quit and give-up if they get behind the Skins early on in the game on Thursday.

Coach Hard Tom Coughlin not that it matter since you are in the Communist NFL where winning doesn’t really matter any more since it is really….ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!

In our opinion of course.

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7.  Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans – Ken Whisenhunt posted a…

45 – 51 (.469)

…overall record in six seasons as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and we are going to hold Whisenhunt to a very high standard in his tenure with the Tennessee Titans and after starting the 2014 season at 1 – 2 we would like to welcome Ken Whisenhunt to the Hot Seat!

With all of Ken Whisenhunt’s experience as an assistant and head coach in the NFL we believe he should be able to have the Titans very close to a .500 record at least by the end of the season and with a game….

At Indianapolis

….on Sunday if Whisenhunt is going to get and keep his rear-end off the Hot Seat he better Damn get a few wins over the next few weeks or things could mighty Hot indeed in Nashville, Tennessee for Kenny-Boy.