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Coaches Hot Seat Analysis of the 7 NFL Head Coaching Changes in 2013 – 2014

With a few Coaches Hot Seat Members in the City That Never Sleeps getting ready for Super Bowl XLVIII which is now only two days away we thought a quick analysis of the 2014 NFL Head Coaching Hires would be in order and as usual a great resource for head coaching changes is over at FootballScoop.com….

2013 – 2014 Head Coaching Changes, FootballScoop.com

….for all levels of football and with that away we go!

Coaches Hot Seat Analysis of the 7 NFL Head Coaching Changes in 2013 – 2014


Cleveland Browns
New Head Coach: Mike Pettine
Analysis:  We don’t know enough about Mike Pettine to have an opinion on whether he will be a good, bad or indifferent head coach of the Cleveland Browns but we do note that Pettine was the head football coach at…

North Penn High School

….during the 2001 season which means he has completed a rapid rise through the NFL coaching ranks over the past 12 years and will now be on a very big stage where the Hot Seat can get very Damn HOT in a Helluva hurry.

Good Luck Coach Pettine!



Detroit Lions
New Head Coach: Jim Caldwell
Analysis:  Jim Caldwell is a nice man and high integrity guy but we have never thought much of Jim Caldwell’s ability to be a head football coach and that goes back to when we followed Caldwell as the head football coach at Wake Forest from 1993 to 2000 when Caldwell put up an overall record of….

26 – 63 (.292)

….in EIGHT seasons on the job.
Wake Forest is a tough place to win football games at but Jim Grobe followed Jim Caldwell at Wake Forest and between 2001 and 2013 put up a record of…

77 – 82 (.484)

….which included an ACC Championship for the Demon Deacons in 2006.

If the Detroit Lions had hired Coaches Hot Seat to come up with a list of 100 names to take over as head coach of an incredibly talented Lions team that….

Bozo the Clown


….could right now lead to 10 wins plus a year there is…

No Way in Hell that Jim Caldwell would have been on that 100 name list

….which says a lot about the current state of Very Damn Warped Thinking in NFL team offices right now where hiring is often done with this kind of thinking….

“Hey, he may not be a great or even good coach but we know what he is compared to hiring a coach that we don’t much about at all.”

NFL Team Executives = For the most part some of the Stupidest Damn People now drawing paychecks on Planet Earth

Detroit Lions Executives and Ownership = Top 0.0000001% of the Stupidest People now drawing paychecks on Planet Earth!

In our opinion of course….

Good Luck to Jim Caldwell and if Caldwell doesn’t easily win the NFC North in 2014 his rear-end will be sitting squarely on the Hot Seat!



Houston Texans
New Head Coach:  Bill O’Brien
Analysis:  We followed Bill O’Brien enough with the New England Patriots and at Penn State to know that O’Brien has all the skills to be a very successful head coach but at least for us here at Coaches Hot Seat if we were running an NFL team in the early part of the 21 st Century we would…..

NOT be hiring a Pompous Arrogant Ass off of the Bill Belichick coaching tree that believes he is God’s Gift to the Earth and Universe

….because life is way Damn too short to work with a…

Pompous Arrogant Ass off of the Bill Belichick coaching tree that believes he is God’s Gift to the Earth and Universe

Can Bill O’Brien win with the Houston Texans?

Yes, but then Captain Kangaroo…


….could win with the Texans so we are going to set the bar very Damn HIGH for Bill O’Brien in 2014 and if the Texans aren’t winning the AFC South Title or at worst a Wild Card team in the Playoffs when December rolls around then O’Brien will find his….

Pompous Arrogant Ass on the Hot Seat come December of this year!



Minnesota Vikings
New Head Coach: Mike Zimmer
Analysis:  A few Coaches Hot Seat members ran into Mike Zimmer a few times when he was the defensive coordinator at Washington State under head coach Mike Price between 1989 – 1993 but we kind of lost track of Zimmer during his 13 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys working for Barry Switzer, Dave Campo and Bill Parcells.

In those 13 seasons as the defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator in Dallas the Cowboys went from Super Bowl Champions in the 1995 – 1996 seasons under Barry Switzer to not winning a Playoff game in Zimmer’s last 10 seasons in Dallas.

Mike Zimmer did a nice but not great job in our opinion as the defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals over the past six seasons but certainly Zimmer has earned the chance to be a head coach in the NFL and he takes over a Minnesota Vikings team that should compete in 2014 for the NFC North title.

Good Luck Mike Zimmer!



Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Head Coach: Lovie Smith
Analysis:  In NINE seasons as the head coach of the Chicago Bears Lovie Smith put up the following records:

81 – 63 ( .563)

SIX of NINE .500 or better records

3 Trips to the NFL Playoffs

1 Trip to Super Bowl XLI in 2006 – 2007 season (Lost to Indianapolis Colts)

Although the above records might not look that great for a college head coach they are Above Average for a NFL head coach where the teams are very close to equal when it comes to talent and resources so by any measure we can think of Lovie Smith is a former fired NFL head coach that deserved another shot and now it will be up to Smith to prove he can win again on a consistent basis with the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Over the past three seasons the Bucs won…..

4 Games
7 Games
4 Games

….so the immediate goal for Lovie Smith should be to get the Bucs to at least…

8 Wins in 2014

….which would probably put Tampa in the hunt for a Wild Card Playoff spot come December.

Good Luck to you Lovie Smith!



Tennessee Titans
New Head Coach:  Ken Whisenhunt
Analysis:  Below are Ken Whisenhunt’s yearly and overall records when he was head coach of the Arizona Cardinals:

2007:  8 – 8 – No Playoffs
2008:  9 – 7 – Lost to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII
2009:  10 – 6 – Lost to New Orleans in NFC Divisional Game
2010:  5 – 11 – No Playoffs
2011:  8 – 8 – No Playoffs
2012:  5 – 11 – No Playoffs

Overall Record:  45 – 51 (.469)

Now what would have the Arizona Cardinals’ records have been if Kurt Warner had not been playing for Arizona between 2007 and 2009?

In our opinion the Arizona Cardinals DO NOT go to the Postseason under Whisenhunt if Kurt Warner is not on the Cardinals’ roster and Whisenhunt would have been fired after three or four years on the job instead of six in Arizona.

Can Ken Whisenhunt win with the Tennessee Titans?

Well, in our opinion the Titans DO NOT HAVE right now a NFL-level quarterback on their roster and they have the 11 th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft but we can find NO NFL Mock Draft that has the Titans drafting a quarterback and without a NFL-level quarterback on the Titans’ roster we only have two words for Ken Whisenhunt and the Titans ownership/management:


Oh, by the way….Bruce Arians took over an Arizona Cardinals team that won 5 Games in 2012 under Ken Whisenhunt and won 10 games in 2013 and came very Damn close to being in the Playoffs and was in our opinion one of the best teams in the NFC as the 2013 NFL season ended.

Hmmmmm…..now that is very Damn interesting……isn’t it?



Washington Redskins
New Head Coach:  Jay Gruden
Analysis:   Jay Gruden had a very successful college football playing career at Louisville and has been an assistant coach in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Bucs (under head coach and brother Jon Gruden) and Cincinnati Bengals for TEN seasons and let us not forget that Jay Gruden was a legendary player & coach in the Arena Football League BUT none of the above gives us any Damn clue if Jay Gruden will be a successful head coach in the NFL or not so about all we can say about Jay Gruden is….

Good Luck to you Jay Gruden

….and for Damn sure coach the Washington Redskins the way YOU want to coach them not the way a player or owner wants you to coach them because in the end it will your ass on the Hot Seat and your ass that will be fired.

Of course and as always….EVERYTHING in the Coaches Hot Seat NFL Blog is OUR opinion as Citizens of the American Republic.

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