“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
“Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.”
“I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.”
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
“The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.”
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
“When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.”
“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.”
“An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.”
“Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.”
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”
“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”
“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”
“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”
“How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?”
“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”
“I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?”
“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.”
“If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.”
“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.”
“May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”
“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”
“Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.”
“Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.”
“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”
“The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!”
“The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.”
“There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.”
“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.”
“When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war.”
….we thought it might be worth reviewing AGAIN exactly why Les Miles has come under such pressure in 2015 which in reality isn’t a ONE year problem but is a THREE problem at LSU made worse by THREE straight losses with the last game against Ole Miss looking like…
A LSU football team that was just flat-out NOT ready to play and even worse…NOT giving a Damn that their head coach’s job was on the line!
There has been much talk in the media in the last couple of weeks about Les Miles’ record in SEC over the past THREE seasons which with one game to go in 2015 stands at…
13 – 10
….which is certainly bad enough at a Powerhouse SEC Football Program like LSU for a head coach to lose his job but let’s go inside the numbers of Les Miles’ record in SEC play over the past THREE seasons and see exactly how bad things have gotten in Baton Rouge.
Over the past THREE seasons Les Miles’ LSU football team has played…
23 SEC Conference Football Games
…posting a record of…
13 – 10
….and in those 23 games LSU has played….
19 SEC Teams with .500 or better records
4 SEC Teams with less than .500 records
….and Les Miles against SEC Teams with LOSING records has been..
4 – 0
….and Les Miles against SEC Teams with .500 or better records has been…
9 – 10
You got that right at LSU….at LSU….at LSU….Les Miles over the past THREE seasons has posted a record of…
9 – 10
….against SEC Teams with .500 or better records and it’s our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that ANYTHING less than a…
70% Winning Percentage
…against .500 of better SEC teams each season at LSU is FAILING and Les Miles’ winning percentage over the last THREE seasons…
47% Winning Percentage
Oh…just for comparison over the last THREE seasons Nick Saban and Alabama have also played 23 SEC Teams as of today and Saban has posted an overall record in those games of…
20 – 3
….and against LOSING SEC Teams he has posted a record of…
3 – 0
….and Nick Saban against SEC Teams with .500 or better records is at…
17 – 3
For Nick Saban that would be a winning percentage against SEC Teams with .500 or better record is…
85% Winning Percentage
Why is Les Miles on the Hot Seat and rightfully about to lose his job at LSU?
47% Winning Percentage against SEC Teams with .500 or better record
85% Winning Percentage against SEC Teams with .500 or better records
PERIOD….Quit the Crying and Excuse Making…Les Miles Just Flat-Out has NOT gotten the job done at LSU and for Damn sure LSU should have a head coach that has a winning percentage in SEC play against teams with .500 or better records above….
…and if you disagree with that you either Don’t Know Shit about Football OR you are a Complete and Total Ass Kisser!
2. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. LSU – With Les Miles now only a few days from losing his job at LSU the coach on the opposing sideline in the Texas A&M – LSU game may be under even more pressure because Kevin Sumlin is sitting on one of the MOST Powerful College Football programs in the country at Texas A&M and over the past THREE seasons in SEC play he has a record of…
11 – 12
….on the board and even with a win over LSU he is still only at .500 in SEC play the last THREE seasons and if Kevin Sumlin is under the impression that he has EARNED that $5 Million Dollars A Year by posting a…
.500 or worse record in SEC play the last THREE seasons
….then Kevin Sumlin should have his ass throttled out of College Station tonight because .500 or worse at Texas A&M in SEC Conference play is OUTRAGEOUS and should and will be “Firing Numbers” if things don’t pick-up in a Helluva way in 2016 meaning…
Texas A&M better Damn win the SEC West in 2016
…or Kevin Sumlin will be out of his job as well.
Oh….you want to make $5 Million Dollars A Year Kevin Sumlin and Les Miles?
Then how about Damn EARNING that money instead of coaching AVERAGE Damn football teams?
Is that really too much to ask for people hauling down Millions of Dollars A Year?
3. Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Alabama – Talk about another SEC head coach that REALLY could use a win on Saturday Auburn’s Gus Malzahn is a loss to Alabama from finishing the 2015 regular season at…
6 – 6
….and when one realizes this Auburn team is just flat-out LOADED with talent and in our opinion will play only THREE teams with equal or more talent in 2015…
LSU, Georgia and Alabama
….there really is no Damn excuse for Auburn to be losing 5 or 6 games in 2015 and thus why Gus Malzahn desperately needs a win in the Iron Bowl to get momentum back on the side of the Auburn Tigers against the steamroller that is coming to The Plains….the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Yes….of course Auburn can beat Alabama….this is the Iron Bowl after all….and like EVERY Nick Saban coached team this 2015 Alabama team has the same weaknesses on defense that can be exploited with the right gameplan, approach and play-calling which so very few Damn teams do against Alabama for some reason….
Must be something in the water in the South that causes Idiocy especially in college towns with head coaches just not having the common Damn sense to attack the weakest point on the Alabama football team which is of course…
Neutralizing Nick Saban’s influence on the game itself
Amazingly…Auburn played in the 2013 – 14 Bogus BCS National Title Game and if the Tigers lose to Alabama on Saturday Gus Malzahn’s record in SEC play over the last TWO seasons will stand at….
6 – 10
….and in case Gus Malzahn doesn’t know it that is NOT a sustainable record at Auburn where the good folks….”The Family”….that supports Auburn Football spend over…
$40 Million Dollars A Year on the Auburn Football Program
…..including over $4 Million Dollars on the head coach who better Damn start EARNING all that money or Malzahn will be out of a job as well in very Damn short order.
4. Mark Richt, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech – Not that we know what is going on in the minds of the folks in and around the Georgia Football program especially the ones that write the big checks and have large amounts of influence….BUT…..this past week one of our Georgia-alum buddies told us at lunch at a GREAT restaurant in Cumming, Georgia….
“IF Mark Richt loses to Georgia Tech he is DONE at Georgia”
Now that this rather calm and consistent Georgia-alum who was graduated from UGA in the early 1980s would make such a matter-of-fact statement took us aback BUT we have been watching the Georgia Football program very closely over the past TWO football season and it’s our opinion…
The folks with money and influence at Georgia are sick of Mark Richt’s routine which includes some high notes BUT in recent years unexplainable losses….Florida….and inexplicable close calls….Georgia Southern….that do not reflect well on a Georgia Football program that SHOULD…
Dominate the SEC Eastern Division
….and be playing for and often winning SEC Conference Titles EVERY year.
With all of the above in mind…it’s our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that…
IF Mark Richt loses to Georgia Tech he is DONE at Georgia
…and Mark Richt might be done if the Bulldogs beat the Yellow Jackets OR it’s possible….
Mark Richt has already accepted another college football head coaching job
Oh….we’re paying attention Mark Richt…paying Damn close attention….the question is…are “OTHERS” far away paying close attention to what Richt has done at Georgia in recent years? Probably not.
5. Mark Stoops, Kentucky vs. Louisville – The Bottom-Line numbers for Mark Stoops are very easy to grasp and understand…
THREE Seasons at Kentucky
No .500 or better seasons…Yet
Overall: 12 – 13
SEC: 4 – 20
…..and record in 2015…
5 – 6
….and needing a WIN over Louisville to get to 6 wins and a bowl game.
Bottom-Line TRUTH: Mark Stoops not only needs this win over Louisville to get to 6 wins he also needs to get a win over cross-state rival Louisville which is at the weakest place it has been in years and very Damn beatable IF Kentucky plays a good football game which Kentucky really hasn’t done in 2015 so we don’t give Mark Stoops and the Wildcats much chance to win this game and thus Mark Stoops will more than likely be on a Roaring Hot Seat going into the 2016 season.
Good Luck Mark!
6. Kevin Wilson, Indiana vs. Purdue – Kevin Wilson is in his FIFTH season at Indiana with records on the board of…
Overall: 19 – 40
Big Ten: 7 – 32
….with NO .500 or better season and NO bowl game trips and thus with the Hoosiers now at 5 – 6 on the season this game against Purdue might just be the….
CANNOT LOSE Game of the Weekend
….because a loss in this spot and…
NO .500 or better seasons in FIVE years on the job at Indiana?
Come on….even at Indiana a head football coach should be able to get at least SIX wins ONE time in FIVE years….right?
7. Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. California – At the beginning of the 2015 season some were touting Arizona State as a potential participant in the College Football Playoff which got LOTS of laughs here at Coaches Hot Seat since we have seen Arizona State play in person several times in the last few years under head coach Todd Graham and it’s our opinion having seen Graham up-close on the sideline…
Todd Graham is way Damn too volatile during games bordering on Out-of-Freaking-Control which ends up costing his team BIG time because when players see a head coach Out-of-Freaking-Control they think to themselves something on the order of…
Who in the Hell is driving this ship and does he have a Freaking Clue what he is doing?
Getting back to 2015 this Arizona State team is now on records of…
6 – 5 overall
4 – 4 in Pac-12 play
….and needing a win at California on Saturday to avoid nothing less than a…
Complete Freaking Disaster of a Season
…for ASU in 2015 and if things get ugly in the second-half of this game against the Bears….watch-out folks….Todd Graham may come Completely Unglued!
8. Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. Missouri – Missouri has looked so bad in 2015 it would take some real work or rather the Arkansas football team NOT showing up to play this home game against the Tigers BUT if for some reason Arkansas did happen to NOT show-up and lose to Missouri on Saturday and finish at 6 – 6 for a SECOND straight season……
Chubby Man’s ass will be on a Roaring Hot Seat come Monday morning and as usual we will have the Extra-Extra-Large Roaring Hot Seat ready to go if Bret Bielema and his football team trip-up and lose to Mizzou!
9. Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt – Butch Jones has done a nice job rallying the Tennessee Vols after a 4 – 4 start which included the Tennessee coaching staff tossing away wins against…
Oklahoma, Florida and Arkansas
….BUT now that the Vols are 7 – 4 with THREE straight wins everything is looking up in Knoxville….Hold It A Second….IF Tennessee should happen to lose to Vanderbilt on Saturday in a game that Tennessee just flat-out CANNOT LOSE guess where Butch Jones will find his ass come Monday morning?
Right back on the Hot Seat!
Memo to Butch Jones: Don’t lose to Vandy son…and if you do = Welcome Back to the Hot Seat son!
10. Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Iowa – The Magical Mystery Tour of Mike Riley at Nebraska continues to roll on even as we here at Coaches Hot Seat…
Shake Our Heads and Laugh Out Loud
….every time we remember that Mike Riley is the Head Football Coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers who play the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday in a game that is BIG for both coaches because….
Mike Riley with a loss will see his Nebraska team….Heads Shaking and Laughing Out Loud…..drop to 5 – 7 on the season which at Nebraska is…Complete Freaking Disaster
Kirk Ferentz whose Iowa football team has played NO ONE in 2015 would see their chances for the College Football Playoff go up in smoke and since Iowa has played NO ONE in 2015 if they should lose to a .500 at best Nebraska team that got run just a few weeks ago by PURDUE we would then formally welcome Kirk Ferentz back to the Hot Seat because Hell if you play NO ONE and lose ONE game your ass should be on the Hot Seat!
Mike Riley and Nebraska lose to Iowa = Complete Freaking Disaster!
Kirk Ferentz and Iowa lose to Nebraska – Kirk Ferentz’s ass is back on the Hot Seat!
11. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia vs. Iowa State – We CANNOT imagine Dana Holgorsen and West Virginia losing at home to an Iowa State team that has already fired its head coach BUT we have been told by someone we trust in the “college football coaching business” that IF West Virginia loses its last TWO games to Iowa State and Kansas State…
Dana Holgorsen is DONE at West Virginia….PERIOD
Memo to Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen: Don’t lose to Iowa State and Kansas State son!
“There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.”
“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”
“Mental toughness is essential to success.”
“You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.”
“To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”
“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.”
“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”
“Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.”
“If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body and his heart-what is life worth to him? If I were a salesman, I would make this commitment to my company, to the product and most of all, to myself.”
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
“Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.”
“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body, his heart-what’s life worth to him.
“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.”
“In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”
“They may not love you at the time, but they will later.”
” Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.”
“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.”
“Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it.”
“A leader must identify himself with the group, must back up the group, even at the risk of displeasing superiors. He must believe that the group wants from him a sense of approval. If this feeling prevails, production, discipline, morale will be high, and in return, you can demand the cooperation to promote the goals of the company.”
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
“They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them…you show them the reasons.”
“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
“The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel-these are the things that endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them.”
“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.”
“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
“I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something good in men that really yearns for discipline.”
“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”
“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action.”
“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”
“Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
“Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.”
“Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.”
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”
“Success demands singleness of purpose.”
“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.”
“Winning is not a sometime thing: it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
“Winning is not everything–but making effort to win is.”
“It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.”
1. Jim Tomsula, San Francisco 49ers – There are dozens of members of Coaches Hot Seat that WERE fans of the San Francisco 49ers going back to the mid-1970s to early 1980s just when Bill Walsh got things going in San Francisco so there are very few people that know more about San Francisco 49ers football than we do and for the life of us no one here can explain….
Why 49ers owner Trust Fund Boy Jed York built the 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara
Why Jim Tomsula was ever named the head coach of the 49ers
Neither of the above decisions make Any Damn Sense At All but then there are a Helluva lot of things that the 49ers have done in recent years that make No Damn Sense At All so maybe we should just take in stride the Total Idiocy that Jim Tomsula….who is a nice man….but is not qualified to be a head coach of a football team above the high school level….is the head coach of a team in the NFL which should tell anyone that is paying attention…
Just what a bunch of Complete Buffoons now run and own the 49ers
Getting back to Jim Tomsula his football team is 3 – 7 on the season and the 49ers still have to play games against….
Arizona Cardinals At Chicago Bears At Cleveland Browns Cincinnati Bengals At Detroit Lions St. Louis Rams
….and our best guess the 49ers end up with….
4 maybe 5 wins in 2015
….and since we don’t have a clue to what the Complete Buffoons running the 49ers might do next we don’t have a clue what might or might not happen to Jim Tomsula once the 2015 season is over.
2. Mike Pettine, Cleveland Browns – Going back to the 2001 NFL season which was Butch Davis’ first season coaching the Cleveland Browns and through SIX head coaches in the last FOURTEEN seasons the Browns have posted…
TWO .500 or better seasons in the last FOURTEEN seasons
….which is a Complete Disgrace on almost any level we can imagine and with the Browns now at 2 – 8 in 2015 and embroiled in yet another issue with the Pompous Arrogant Ass Brat Johnny Manziel who we wouldn’t keep on a team we coached, managed, or owned if Manziel was paying us to put him on the roster the Browns will now have…
TWO .500 or better seasons in the FIFTEEN seasons
….which begs the question to the decision-makers at the Cleveland Browns:
What in the Hell are you going to do to get this Damn Mess straightened out in Cleveland?
Our suggestion….FIRST….toss Johnny Manziel’s Sorry Ass out onto the street and tell him to go back down to Texas and live with his Sorry Ass parents that raised a Pompous Arrogant Ass Brat and then turn your attention to building a…
REAL Football Team made up of REAL Football Players
….which begins with tossing any other Sorry Ass players on this Browns team out on the street and finding people that actually want to show up at the Browns facility and to the game each week and play the game of football as…
Professional Football Players!
Getting to Mike Pettine his record in his SECOND season as the head coach of the Browns stands at…
9 – 17
….and Cleveland still has to play this season:
Baltimore Ravens Cincinnati Bengals San Francisco 49ers At Seattle Seahawks At Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers
If the Browns play like they have all seasons we can’t see this 2 – 8 team winning more than…
2 of their last 6 games
….which would mean a record of…
4 – 12
….in Mike Pettine’s second year on the job after a 7 – 9 record last season.
Now what in the Hell the Browns might do if they post a 4 – 12 record in 2015 when they have had SIX head coaches in the last FIFTEEN seasons we really don’t know but eventually someone that either owns or manages the Browns is going to have to get a Freaking Clue and we just don’t see that happening anytime soon.
3. Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers – Watching Mike McCoy’s San Diego Chargers football teams the last TWO seasons we have overall been very impressed with their play BUT right out of the gate in 2015 we could tell something was a little off from the 2013 and 2014 seasons and that small amount of slippage in the very competitive NFL has led to…
The Chargers losing SIX straight games
The Chargers with a 2 – 8 record
….with the Chargers coming off of TWO 9 – 7 records in McCoy’s first two years with the club.
Just from the outside looking in it looks as if Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers never-ending trash-talking of both opponents and his own teammates is wearing thin in San Diego and that it might have been a good idea for the Chargers to trade Phillip Rivers in this past offseason instead of signing him to a long-term contract AND couple that with a Chargers defense that is really struggling…
Giving up 33 points to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday
…means things might get very Damn tough down the stretch of the Chargers with these games still on the schedule:
At Jacksonville Jaguars Denver Broncos At Kansas City Chiefs Miami Dolphins At Oakland Raiders At Denver Broncos
Hell…it looks like the Chargers are going to post a losing record in 2015 and that is going to put a tremendous amount of pressure on Mike McCoy who might just find himself out of a job if San Diego totally collapses in their final six games.
4. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys – The Dallas Cowboys got a nice win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday but then…
The Miami Dolphins are one of the worst run and coached teams in the NFL
…..so beating the Dolphins is the ultimate…..No Damn Big Whoop…..and now the Cowboys host the Carolina Panthers at home on Thanksgiving Day in what has become a….
Make or Break Game for the Cowboys in 2015
….because a loss in this spot would drop the Dallas record to 3 – 8 on the year with these games still left on the schedule….
At Washington Redskins At Green Bay Packers New York Jets At Buffalo Bills Washington Redskins
….and Little Damn Chance to make the Playoffs even in the very WEAK NFC East.
As for Jason Garrett he is in his FIFTH full season coaching the Dallas Cowboys with ONE Playoff appearance and we don’t have a clue what that….
Sorry Excuse for a Human Being Jerry Jones
….would do with Garrett if the Cowboys missed the Playoffs again and frankly don’t give a Damn either.
As for Thanksgiving Day we give Thanks and say…
Go Panthers BEAT those Bastard Cowboys!
5. Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins – Jay Gruden is the FIFTH head coach on the Hot Seat we have written about this week and has anyone else noticed a trend here….
Jay Gruden is the head coach of a team owned by a Complete Nut Job!
As is the case with….
San Francisco 49ers – Nut Job Ownership and Management Cleveland Browns – Nut Job Ownership and Management Dallas Cowboys – Nut Job Ownership and Management Washington Redskins – Nut Job Ownership and Management Detroit Lions – Nut Job Ownership and Management
We will say in this spot that the San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles are not led by Nut Job Ownership and Management…BUT….who knows what the future holds and that brings us back to Jay Gruden who in his SECOND season as the head coach of the Redskins has a record of…
8 – 17
….on the board and a record of 4 – 6 in 2015 which amazingly is only ONE game out of the lead in the NFC East!
Considering the Nut Job Ownership and Management of the Washington Redskins the last SIX games of the season for the Redskins will probably be very important for Jay Gruden because a late season collapse and more than likely Gruden will be out of a job and with that in mind let’s see what’s left on Washington’s schedule:
New York Giants Dallas Cowboys At Chicago Bears Buffalo Bills At Philadelphia Eagles At Dallas Cowboys
What…the Redskins win…2…maybe 3….more games this season which would leave Washington’s record at…
6 – 10 or 7 – 9
…which we rather doubt gets the Redskins into the Playoffs and we don’t have a Freaking Clue what the…
Nut Job Ownership and Management
….of the Redskins would do if that happens.
6. Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles – There are a lot of people making a lot of assumptions about Chip Kelly but having watched the man very closely in the SIX years he was in Eugene coaching the Oregon Ducks it’s our opinion there are TWO things that motivate and drive Chip Kelly….
Winning Football Games
….and that it could be the Oregon Ducks, the Philadelphia Eagles or any other Damn football team in the country BUT at his core Chip Kelly really cares about the above two things and with that in mind we have no doubt Chip Kelly is very Damn frustrated with the Eagles 4 – 6 record and even more Damn frustrated with how the Eagles are playing right now which in one word can be defined as….
In order for Chip Kelly’s offense to work properly it has to do ONE thing and have a SECOND thing and those two things are…
Chip Kelly’s offense MUST go fast
Chip Kelly’s offense MUST have accurate QB who can make fast decisions
….and right now Kelly cannot run a fast offense in Philadelphia because it would really expose the Eagles defense AND the Eagles don’t have a QB on their roster who can throw the ball accurately nor who can make fast decisions which equals a…
Complete Freaking Disaster
….and we fully expect the Eagles to collapse down the stretch in their remaining games against…
At Detroit Lions At New England Patriots Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals Washington Redskins At New York Giants
…and finish with 5…..maybe 6….wins on the season and it will be very Damn interesting what Chip Kelly does next and if the Philadelphia Eagles will have an interest in keep Chip Kelly around because when Chip Kelly is not winning…
He isn’t the most pleasant person to be around
…..and therein is possibly the open window for Kelly to return to the college ranks at a place like Miami where we have no doubt Kelly would have the Hurricanes winning LOTS of football games in a Helluva hurry!
7. Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions – The Detroit Lions and head coach Jim Caldwell have gotten a little momentum on their side with back-to-back wins over the Packers and Raiders and now have a very good chance to make it THREE straight wins with the struggling Philadelphia Eagles coming to Detroit on Thanksgiving Day and with that win the Lions would be….
4 – 7
…on the season and with still games left to be played against:
Green Bay Packers At St. Louis Rams At New Orleans Saints San Francisco 49ers At Chicago Bears
Hell…the Detroit Lions could easily win 4 or 5 more games and if the Lions when 5 more games they are 8 – 8 on the season and right in the hunt for a spot in the Playoffs BUT they first must beat Philadelphia at home on Thanksgiving Day and with that thought we will say…
Happy Thanksgiving To All and To All Great Thanksgiving!
“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” H.U. Westermayer
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” Meister Eckhart
“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” E.P. Powell
“So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.”
Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!” Henry Ward Beecher
“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” Edward Sandford Martin
“Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.”
“He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.”
“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” Robert Caspar Lintner
“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” Erma Bombeck
“On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.” William Jennings Bryan
“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” Seneca
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward
“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” William Shakespeare
“It is delightfully easy to thank God for the grace we ourselves have received, but it requires great grace to thank God always for the grace given to others.” James Smith
“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” Johnny Carson
“Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.” P. J. O’Rourke
“Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for – annually, not oftener – if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.” Mark Twain
“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” Albert Barnes
“Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.” Robert Casper Lintner
It’s Thanksgiving Week Johnny Cash….So Why Don’t You Take It Easy On These Hot Seat Coaches in the Spirit of the Holiday? On Second Thought…Give These Millionaire Hot Seat Coaches Hell Mr. Cash and Everyone Have A Great Thanksgiving!
…but the downtrend in Fresno State football began in 2014 with a 6 – 8 record after DeRuyter won 20 game s in his first two seasons at Fresno so one must wonder what has gone wrong with the Bulldogs the last two seasons while posting a….
9 – 18
….combined record over the past two years?
Well…only ONE thing has changed between the end of the 2013 season when Fresno State was coming off 20 wins in two years and now and that was in April 2014 Tim DeRutyer signed a new and very rich contract with Fresno…..
…who knows what kind of effect that would have on a person BUT there is no doubt in our minds that….
The Fresno State football team was coached and played a Helluva lot harder in 2012 and 2013 seasons than they have in the last two seasons
….and the performance on the field proves that FACT and we cannot help but wonder if Tim DeRuyter can turn things around at Fresno State when it looks like to us the fire to win has gone almost completely out of the man…in our humble opinion of course.
Let’s make a note in the spot in Tim DeRuyter’s 51 st game as the head coach at Fresno State last Saturday against BYU his team got beat…
52 – 10
…and if that FACT doesn’t scare the Hell out of the fans of Fresno State football when thinking about the future then nothing will.
The 3 – 8 Fresno State football team has only a home game left against Colorado State this coming Saturday and it will be very interesting to see if CSU with a first year head coach in Mike Bobo can come into Fresno and beat a head coach in Tim DeRuyter who is completing his FOURTH year on the job….very Damn interesting to see.
22. Gary Andersen, Oregon State – Things went from bad to worse for Gary Andersen and his Oregon State football team on Saturday with the Beavers giving up over 50 points for the second straight game….this time to Washington….and now only the Civil War game remains in Eugene against the Oregon Ducks which no doubt will be another 50-plus point game for the OSU defense and also no doubt a final regular season record for the Beavers of….
2 – 10
…..in 2015 which only includes wins over Weber State and San Jose State and of course NO wins in Pac-12 play.
After seeing Gary Andersen on TV a couple of times in recent weeks it looks like to us the MONUMENTAL task he now faces to turn around the Oregon State football program has finally sunk in and how very much TOUGHER of a job OSU is compared to Wisconsin with the Pac-12 North division being incredibly hard place to operate and improve in because the other teams in the division are already playing at a very high-level and improving themselves on a regular basis now.
Further complicating matters in our opinion is that Gary Andersen is not exactly the best coach….meaning the right personality…to handle the MONUMENTAL re-building job he now faces at Oregon State because there is the very real chance OSU does not win another Pac-12 Conference game in 2016 and the reality is if OSU goes 2 – 10 again next season there is the very REAL chance it is..
Two-And-Done for Gary Andersen at Oregon State
….especially if Andersen doesn’t have a Helluva good attitude about the coming very dark days that are going to test every core of his being and every coaching skill he has ever learned.
Yes…Mike Riley left a Complete Freaking Disaster behind at Oregon State that was a football program used to winning 5 to 7 games a year in one of the easiest-going programs in college football and Gary Andersen is the exact opposite of Mike Riley in almost every way and that reality is a toxic brew that is going to make it very Damn hard for Gary Andersen to get any REAL traction with his style of coaching barring a massive turnover of the OSU roster which will take several years to happen and we…
Just Don’t Know if Gary Andersen has several years to get things right at Oregon State
There’s only one way out for Gary Andersen at Oregon State and that is….
….and it will be interesting to see if Andersen realizes that what he is doing now is wrong for the situation he finds himself in and if he alters course to try and save his job or if he plows ahead and it remains “his way or the highway” which will work at a place like Alabama where Bozo the Clown can win 8 games a year but for Damn sure is a risky as Hell strategy at a place like Oregon State.
23. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – The folks at LSU are fed-up with LSU losing games to Alabama and also to other schools in the SEC that the Tigers have MORE talent than so the die is now cast at LSU with Les Miles headed out the door after Saturday’s game against Texas A&M with a Helluva lot of money being owed to him after doing almost NOTHING the past three seasons in SEC play relative to the amount of talent on the LSU roster and if ALL of the above sounds familiar then you must know the same Damn thing could be said about…
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin
….who himself is sitting on a Very Damn Mediocre record in SEC play the last THREE seasons of….
11 – 12
….which is actually WORSE than the coach he will oppose in Baton Rouge on Saturday night!
People that laugh and say that Les Miles shouldn’t be on the Hot Seat even though he has on the board…
3 – 7 record against Alabama in the his last 10 games
13 – 10 record in SEC play the last 3 seasons
….should also be paying attention to what is going on with Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M because a loss on Saturday to a lame-duck coach in Les Miles whose football team has basically QUIT on Miles after being ranked No. 2 in the country just a few weeks back would be a Helluva bad look and would leave Sumlin’s last THREE years record in SEC play at…
11 – 13
…and please when you have EVERYTHING as Kevin Sumlin does at Texas A&M and you are making over $5 Million Dollars a year how in the Hell do you explain having a…
Sub .500 record in SEC play?
You CANNOT explain it is the answer to that question and we would recommend to Kevin Sumlin the following:
Son…if you get another job offer in the next couple of weeks that will pay you $5 plus million dollars a year you better Damn take it because we have gotten the word son and the word is…
“If the Aggies don’t win the SEC West in 2016 Sumlin is DONE at A&M.”
Oh…the “word” above…that comes from someone that could buy half of Houston in the morning and still have a Helluva lot of money in the bank in the afternoon!
Memo to Kevin Sumlin: Don’t lose to Les Miles and LSU in this spot son….just a friendly suggestion!
24. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – We are not quite sure what Arkansas AD Jeff Long had in mind when he hired Bret Bielema away from Wisconsin after the entire Bobby Petrino – John L. Smith Rolling Disaster of 2012 BUT we have to imagine that Jeff Long didn’t think that with one game left in Bielema’s THIRD season coaching the Razorbacks that the Chubby Man would be sitting on records of…
Overall: 16 – 20
SEC: 6 – 17
…and if Jeff Long did think the above records is what Bielema would have posted with one game left in his THIRD season on the job then it’s clear…
Jeff Long should be fired as the Arkansas AD this morning!
Just for comparison to the Chubby Man….Bobby Petrino posted the below records after THREE years on the job at Arkansas….
Overall: 23 – 15
SEC: 11 – 13
….and followed that up with a 11 – 2 record in 2011 and had one of the hottest teams in college football heading into the 2012 season when he took his motorcycle spill with the hot blonde and launched the Rolling Disaster that led to the Chubby Man being hired in Fayetteville.
To us it looks like the Missouri football team is spent after the on-campus stuff and Gary Pinkel’s retirement so we don’t know how much of a game that Mizzou can give Arkansas on Saturday BUT if the Tigers should happen to roll into Fayetteville and beat the Chubby Man and his Arkansas football team then Bret Bielema will find his ass on the Hot Seat for ANOTHER entire off-season and that’s no Damn fun so our recommendation…
Beat Missouri Chubby Man
…or it will be Hot Seat for you and that is a Helluva BIG Hot Seat for sure!
25. Trent Miles, Georgia State – Georgia State got another nice win on Saturday over South Alabama to raise their record to 4 – 6 on the season with only games left against….
Troy At Georgia Southern
….and MAYBE if Trent Miles can find ONE more win this season he can hang onto his job at Georgia State which includes Miles’ below records after THREE years on the job:
Overall: 5 – 29
Sun Belt: 3 – 18
Well…MAYBE NOT….but whatever happens at least Georgia State is playing a little better football now and let’s hope the Panthers can finish strong starting with a win over Troy on Saturday.
26. Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) – Chuck Martin and his Miami (Ohio) football team got another win on Saturday against UMass which is…
3 Wins on the Year
…..and leaves Chuck Martin’s records in TWO years on the job coaching the Redhawks at….
Overall: 5 – 19
MAC: 4 – 12
….which is good if you think….
1.67 Wins a Year
…is good which means it looks like Chuck Martin will find his ass on the Hot Seat for the foreseeable future until he starts WINNING some more football games!
27. Ron Caragher, San Jose State – Ron Caragher and his San Jose State football team got their MUST WIN on Saturday over Hawaii which raises the Spartans record in 2015 to…
5 – 6
….and now ALL that SJSU has to do is beat Boise State on Saturday to get to SIX wins on the season and judging by the way that the Broncos have played in recent weeks that is NOT out of the realm of possibility and we here at Coaches Hot Seat who have LOTS of personal and family ties to San Jose State University wish….
Ron Caragher and San Jose State GREAT LUCK against Boise State
….and why don’t you just go ahead Ron and….
Beat Those Bastards from Boise?
28. Doug Martin, New Mexico State – New Mexico State got their THIRD straight win on Saturday over La. Lafayette to raise the Aggies record to…
3 – 7
…on the season and with another against Arkansas State on Saturday at home in Las Cruces Doug Martin will get his long-suffering ass off the Hot Seat!
Give ‘em Hell Doug Martin!
29. David Beaty, Kansas – We HATE, HATE, HATE putting first-year head coaches on the Hot Seat unless they are coaching at a school where a new head coach should come out of the box winning lots of games BUT with Kansas now sitting on a record of….
0 – 11
…and looking about as woeful as any team we have seen play in 2015 we would like to welcome…
Kansas Head Coach David Beatty to the Hot Seat!
Call us CRAZY but we really didn’t know what to make of the David Beaty hire at Kansas last year especially in the wake of the….
Complete Freaking Disaster Hire of Charlie Weis at Kansas
….so we looked at David Beaty’s background in the college and high school coaching ranks and thought something like….
“Hell….who knows what this kid will do.”
…but one does have to wonder with the success at Tom Herman at Houston if a smarter move would have been for Kansas to hire a proven offensive or defensive coordinator or maybe even to hire one of the former head coaches that were then out-of-work…..like a Houston Nutt, Rick Neuheisel, Butch Davis….or someone similar who has a track-record at least and is NOT…
A Pompous Arrogant Ass Know-It-All like Charlie Weis!
Whatever we or someone else might have done as the AD of Kansas last year it’s really a moot point now and the only thing that matters is CAN David Beaty get things turned around at KU and to that point we took the time to watch Kansas play a couple of times this season and our impression of Beaty’s Jayhawks….
….which really says it all and IF Kansas keeps playing like they are right now into 2016 they will probably not win a game next season as well which is a Helluva spot for the Kansas football program to be in right now….
Not Very Damn Good and Nothing To Look Forward To on the Horizon
30. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – With a couple of coaches getting fired Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech is back on the Hot Seat with his football team sitting on a record of….
6 – 5
….and needing a win over Texas on Thanksgiving Day to really make the 2015 season more than just…
…..and a loss in this spot to drop the Red Raiders record down to 6 – 6 and 3 – 6 in the Big 12 play would be a very bad thing indeed and would lead to Kliff Kingsbury spending ANOTHER offeason on the Hot Seat and we know that is…
Not Very Much Damn Fun
…..and yet another reason for Kingsbury to get a win in this spot is his overall record in THREE seasons at Tech which sits at…
18 – 18
…because what coach in his right mind wants to be on the wrong side of the College Football Mendoza-Line of .500 football after THREE years on the job?
No Coach is the answer to that question!
Good Luck against Texas Kliff and if you beat the ‘Horns = Off the Hot Seat until 2016 season at least!
“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.”
“Those who stay will be champions”
“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.”
“A Michigan man will coach Michigan.”
“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!”
Before we get to the Post Week 12 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 11 – 20 Hot Seat Head Coaches Analysis let us say a few words about the Les Miles situation at LSU.
As BIG fans of Bo Schembechler here at Coaches Hot Seat we have always been BIG fans of Les Miles during his head coaching stops at Oklahoma State and LSU and there is probably an argument to keep Les Miles on at LSU right now…BUT…that is NOT an argument that anyone here at Coaches Hot Seat would be making because we recognize the FACT that if David Shaw or ANY Stanford head football coach was sitting on records of…
3 – 7 against California in the last 10 Big Games
13 – 10 record in Pac-12 play over the last 3 seasons
….right now below is what it would like outside the Stanford Athletics Complex would look like with Coaches Hot Seat members out-front and leading the charge!
Sorry…there is NO head coach at a school like LSU or ANY school in FBS for that matter that is serious about their football and for Damn sure folks at LSU are serious about their football that can post records of…
3 – 7 against LSU’s main rival = Alabama
13 – 10 in SEC play over the last 3 seasons
….and expect to hang onto his job unless of course you are a First-Class Ass Kisser of the media which Les Miles is in spades and thus why Media Flunkies from across America have come-a-running to save Les Miles from his destiny which is right now…
To No Longer Be The Head Coach at LSU
As for the Les Miles calling Baton Rouge “home” in his press conference on Monday which tugged at the heartstrings of the media which will fall for almost any Bullshit you drop on them these days…
…we have some Breaking News for Les Miles and the Flunky Media from the REAL World:
Hell, lots of Americans that are making $40,000 a year which we remind Les Miles and the Flunky Media is about…
10% of what Les Miles makes in a MONTH or around $400,000
….that would LOVE to be working near their “home” right now or in a place where they would really LOVE to be living but unfortunately Tens of Millions of Americans are busting their asses everyday including 1 Million Plus members of the US Military that Les Miles wouldn’t know a Damn thing about making a tiny fraction of what Miles is making who we may add has made…
Around $30 Million Dollars over the last 11 seasons coaching at LSU
….and yet it’s clear to us Les Miles has NOT EARNED the enormous amount of money he has been paid by going…
3 – 7 against Alabama in his last 10 games
13 – 10 SEC record the last 3 seasons
…..nor that Les Miles should be given a pass just because….”Baton Rouge is home!”
Sorry….the members of Coaches Hot Seat that served in the US Military, worked at the White House, on Capitol Hill, in Manhattan and in dozens of other major US cities across America can see Bullshit from a mile away and Les Miles son…
You Are Full of Bullshit
You are an AVERAGE coach at best now
…because the game of football has passed you by and you don’t even know it…PERIOD.
The MOST telling thing to us in the last few weeks relative to Les Miles LSU football team was the way they played against Ole Miss this past Saturday after it was reported that Miles job was on the line and when we fully expected the LSU players to come out and play…
Motivated and Focused
…but instead they came out and played…
Hardly Damn Motivated and Not Focused At All
….which says EVERYTHING one needs to know about the current state of LSU football and why CHANGE is badly needed in Baton Rouge because the last time we checked….
Being the head coach at LSU is something that has to be EARNED and Les Miles hasn’t EARNED a Damn penny of his $5 Million Dollar annual salary in several YEARS now in our humble opinion and who the Hell wouldn’t want to stay in a place where folks will toss you $5 Million Dollars to be…
Nothing More Than AVERAGE?
Where the Hell do we sign-up please!
Oh….by the way for anyone that is paying attention….in the 10 seasons that Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler faced off against his former head coach and mentor Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes between 1969 and 1978 Bo Schembechler posted a record of…
5 – 4 – 1
….in those 10 meetings against Woody and what is Les Miles record against Alabama and Nick Saban?
3 – 7
In a court of law that would be what’s called….CASE CLOSED on why Les Miles is on his way out at LSU.
Post Week 12 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 11 – 20 Hot Seat Head Coaches
It’s Thanksgiving Week Johnny Cash….So Why Don’t You Take It Easy On These Hot Seat Coaches in the Spirit of the Holiday? On Second Thought…Give These Millionaire Hot Seat Coaches Hell Mr. Cash and Everyone Have A Great Thanksgiving!
11. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – When Paul Johnson was first hired at Georgia Tech in 2008 we had a pretty high opinion of Johnson having watched his teams play many times when he was the head coach at Navy and we fully expected the Yellow Jackets to a competitive team in the ACC on an annual basis under Johnson BUT as of 2015 in EIGHT seasons on the job Paul Johnson has won more than 7 games in just…
4 of 8 seasons at Georgia Tech
….and has won more than 7 games in just…
2 of the last 6 seasons at Georgia Tech
….and needless to say 2015 has been a Complete Freaking Disaster with Tech now at…
3 – 8 overall
1 – 7 in ACC play
Something else that we have picked-up on in the last couple of years since there are a large number of Coaches Hot Seat members living in the Atlanta, Georgia area now is that Paul Johnson isn’t exactly the most beloved man in and around the Georgia Tech football program and athletics department based upon what we have been told and last year three Coaches Hot Seat members were playing golf with a Georgia Tech-alum who was your typical….
Rambling Wreck Engineer
….who said when asked about Paul Johnson….
“To Hell with Paul Johnson”
….which he did not elaborate on except to say he didn’t know ANY Georgia Tech alums that gave “two-rips for that Bastard” which are pretty strong words from where we come from!
So what does the future hold for Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech who has posted the following records in EIGHT seasons on the job in Atlanta…
Overall: 61 – 43
ACC: 38 – 26
…..with still the Georgia Bulldogs to play this season?
We don’t have a clue BUT we are Very Damn Happy that Paul Johnson is not the head coach at Stanford!
Can Georgia Tech Georgia in Atlanta on Saturday?
Not if they play like the bunch of QUITTERS that showed up to play Miami last week!
12. Craig Bohl, Wyoming – Wyoming had a BYE in Week 12 and gets back at things in Week 13 with a home game against UNLV and Cowboys head coach Craig Bohl REALLY needs to beat the Running Rebels this week to get something out of this Complete Freaking Disaster of a season which has Wyoming now at…
1 – 10 overall
1 – 6 in MWC play
….and Craig Bohl with records in TWO seasons of the school of:
Overall: 5 – 18
MWC: 3 – 12
Just imagine if Craig Bohl was still at North Dakota State right now riding high with FOUR about to be FIVE straight FCS National Championships and who would have his pick of several jobs in Power 5 Conferences BUT instead….
Craig Bohl took the Wyoming job and is now stuck in Laramie with only ONE way out…
We still think a lot of Craig Bohl’s ability to build and lead a college football program and if we were a sitting athletic director we would take a hard look at Bohl if we were at a place like Iowa State, Syracuse, or Illinois because we do know that Craig Bohl is a very good football coach and that at the right place he will win BIG again IF he can ever get out of Wyoming.
13. Mark Stoops, Kentucky – Talk about a big poker hand the game that Mark Stoops is about to play against Louisville on Saturday is HUGE for the future of both Mark Stoops and the Kentucky football program because with a win over Louisville that will mean a 6 – 6 record and a trip to a bowl game and then Mark Stoops can rightfully and honestly say that…
The Kentucky Football Program is Getting Better
….but with a loss in this game Mark Stoops overall record in THREE seasons at Kentucky will stand at…
12 – 24
…..and the last Kentucky head football coach, Joker Phillips, was fired after THREE seasons on the job with an overall record of…
13 – 24
…..which would mean in our opinion at least that…
Kentucky Football has gone NOWHERE under Mark Stoops
…and that is not exactly the easiest thing in the world to sell to folks whether they be recruits, fans, alums, boosters or anyone that knows ANYTHING about college football for that matter!
Oh also this…Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino has his team now at 6 – 5 on the season and the Cardinals badly need a win in this spot as well because a 6 – 6 record will land Bobby Petrino right back on the Hot Seat heading into the offseason and we are quite Damn confident that’s not something Petrino wants to deal with over the next 9 months!
Good Luck Boys and Coach Hard….There’s A Helluva Lot at Stake After All!
14. Curtis Johnson, Tulane – After getting whipped by SMU on Saturday Curtis Johnson’s records in FOUR seasons as the head coach at Tulane now stand at…
Overall: 15 – 33
Conference: 11 – 21
…which includes ONE .500 or better season and ONE bowl game trip and we rather doubt that will be good enough for Johnson to get a FIFTH season at Tulane which is about to hire a new athletic director who will have no connections to Johnson and we all know how those situations workout with a new AD usually wanting his or her own head football coach in place going forward.
In our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat the Tulane job is a VERY attractive job sitting in one of America’s great cities and with TONS of high school football talent within a four hour drive of the school AND with a new on-on-campus football stadium…..Yulman Stadium
We can think of a Helluva lot of Very Damn Good Football Coaches that would LOVE to get a shot at coaching the Tulane Green Wave and it will be interesting to see who Tulane goes after and eventually hires if they do fire Curtis Johnson.
15. Mike Riley, Nebraska – There are a only a few things that REALLY get our ire up here at Coaches Hot Seat and for those slow on the uptake “ire” is defined by Merriam-Webster as….
Rich and/or Privileged Bastards Treating People Badly
Millionaire Football Coaches Crying like Babies
People That Get Jobs They Had No Damn Business Getting
….and by any measure we can think of Mike Riley did NOTHING in his head coaching career at Oregon State or San Diego Chargers to EARN the Nebraska head coaching job besides….
Having A Complete Buffoon as an Athletic Director at Nebraska that Doesn’t Know His Ass From the Side of A Barn
…and any review of Mike Riley’s win/loss records with the Beavers and Chargers proves that FACT:
Oregon State: 93 – 80
San Diego Chargers : 14 – 34
With the above being said Mike Riley landed at place in Nebraska where….
Bozo the Clown could average SEVEN wins a season easy
….and where ANY AVERAGE football coach could…
Win EIGHT games a season easy
….and a ANY GOOD football coach could…
WIN NINE games a season easy
….which brings us to Mike Riley who we would place in between an…
Average and Good Football Coach
….so if that opinion holds to form when Mike Riley is finished at Nebraska he will have averaged winning….
8.5 Wins A Year
….which is a place that even counting the FOUR disastrous years of Bill Callahan and from Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne’s coaching tenures when college football teams rarely played over 12 games a year Nebraska has over the past 50-plus years averaged winning…
9.58 Wins A Season
….which if recalculated statistically to account for the additional 2-plus games teams have the opportunity to play in today’s college football is…
10.75 Wins A Season
….is there anyone on Planet Earth that believes Mike Riley will average…
10.75 Wins A Season at Nebraska?
Well there has to be at least….
A Complete Buffoon as an Athletic Director at Nebraska that Doesn’t Know His Ass From the Side of A Barn
…who thinks so or he wouldn’t have hired Mike Riley who averaged winning…
6.64 Wins A Season at Oregon State!
Now at 5 – 6 on the season Nebraska only has left a home game against undefeated Iowa and checking the Vegas Boys….
The Hawkeyes are a 2 point favorite in Lincoln
….which means the Vegas Boys see this as an EVEN game which makes since because….
Nebraska has MUCH more talent on its roster than Iowa
….and by all rights SHOULD win this football game which means a loss in this spot would be…
Complete Freaking Disaster for Mike Riley and Nebraska Football
…and a loss by Iowa would be…
Complete Freaking Disaster for Kirk Ferentz and Iowa Football!
Should be a GREAT game in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday!
16. Mark Richt, Georgia – At a dinner last week in San Francisco with many Coaches Hot Seat members in town for the Big Game between Cal and Stanford one Coaches Hot Seat member had an interesting thought on why so many Georgia fans are committed to keeping Mark Richt as the head coach at Georgia even though by ANY measure we can think of has been…
AVERAGE AT BEST
….relative to what a Powerhouse Football Program that Georgia can and should be and that thought as postulated by the Coaches Hot Seat member who lives in the Atlanta area was:
Coaches Hot Seat Member #2: “Stockholm syndrome? For Mark Richt and Georgia fans….come on….how did you come up with that?”
Coaches Hot Seat Member #1 (picks-up phone, searches, reads definition of Stockholm Syndrome): “Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.”
Coaches Hot Seat Member #4: “You may have something there…like that Idiot Darryl from Columbus that calls into the Finebaum Show. He shows many classic symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome and Hell there was that guy I ran into at the bar in Original El Taco in Virginia-Highlands who was a BIG Georgia fan and was about as Damn Stockholm Syndrome as one could be towards Mark Richt.
Coaches Hot Seat Member #1: “See….Mark Richt has the Georgia fans captive and he can lose to pitiful Florida team after pitiful Florida team and hang onto his job….Stockholm Syndrome plain and simple.”
Coaches Hot Seat Member #2: “You may be right….but I just think Georgia fans have gotten comfortable with being AVERAGE and if Mark Richt keeps going to church and drops into a diner every once in awhile to eat breakfast he could probably stay at Georgia for as long as he wants without EVER winning another SEC title.”
Whether the Georgia fans have Stockholm Syndrome relative to Mark Richt or not a place like the state of Georgia where there are Hundreds of High School Football Players each year that can play on the FBS level we see no Damn reason at all why….
Mark Richt has NOT won an SEC Title since the 2005 season
….which might not be able to be explained by Stockholm Syndrome for the reason that Mark Richt is still the head coach of the Bulldogs but for Damn sure…
Georgia Football is AVERAGE and we don’t see that changing anytime soon!
Certainly Paul Johnson and his ragtag and of QUITTERS are not MAN ENOUGH to beat Georgia on Saturday which makes the two main FBS programs in the state of Georgia…
AVERAGE = Georgia
QUITTERS = Georgia Tech
17. Paul Petrino, Idaho – It was not surprising that Idaho got whipped at Auburn on Saturday by the score of 56 – 34 which leaves the Vandals records in 2015 at…
3 – 8 overall
2 – 5 in Sun Belt play
…..and Paul Petrino’s overall record in THREE years at the school at…
5 – 29
…with only a game at Texas State left on the schedule.
If Idaho loses to Texas State to drop Paul Petrino’s THREE year record to…
5 – 30
….and will that record lead to a coaching change at Idaho?
We don’t have a Freaking Clue to the answer to that question nor do we really care either BUT Robb Akey seemed to have the Vandals playing better than Paul Petrino ever has….in our humble opinion of course!
18. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic – Charlie Partridge and his Florida Atlantic football team gave a Very Damn Un-Motivated Florida team ALL they wanted on Saturday and with that loss Partridge’s records in TWO years at the school drop to…
Overall: 5 – 18
CUSA: 4 – 1
…..which makes us wonder…
If Florida Atlantic played like they did against Florida all season what would the Owls record be in 2015?
We haven’t a clue to that question but for Damn sure we know that Charlie Partridge and his football team REALLY need to win at Old Dominion on Saturday or…
5 – 19
….in TWO seasons it will be and that’s NOT GOOD Charlie…that’s just NO DAMN GOOD!
19. Jeff Monken, Army – Two years ago in September 2013 a handful of Coaches Hot Seat members were at West Point to see Stanford play Army in football and after seeing the Army football program up-close our opinion was then and is still today…
Army Football is just Too Small, Too Slow, and Too Weak
….to win football games on any kind of regular basis and new head coach Jeff Monken who took over Army at the beginning of the 2014 season and has posted an overall record of…
6 – 17
…at Army hasn’t really changed our assessment on the current state of Army football which looks to us be recruiting and playing at a…
Dramatically Lower Level Than either Air Force or Navy Football
….which begs the question:
What the Hell is wrong with Army Football?
It’s just our opinion which is a very Damn biased opinion coming from lots of US Navy Veterans here at Coaches Hot Seat BUT that opinion is…
The US Navy and US Air Force are right now are in dramatically better places than the US Army in thousands of different ways and the general malaise that dominates the US Army after a decade-plus of the American Republic fighting Bogus Wars in the Middle East has had a direct impact on the quality of students entering West Point and the caliber of football player that Army is able to recruit to West Point….in our opinion of course!
IF one our children showed an interest in joining the US Military we would advise them in the strongest way possible to join the US Navy first if they didn’t get seasick and to join the US Air Force if they weren’t afraid of flying but for…
God’s Sake don’t join the US Army and that also goes for NOT attending West Point!
Now that’s just our opinion and we are sure there are some GREAT kids at West Point right now BUT the US Army is a beat-up organization from top to bottom and thus it’s no Damn surprise to anyone here at Coaches Hot Seat that the Army football team is a Damn mess as well!
Army is now at 2 – 9 on the season only has Navy left to play on December 12 and we don’t believe there is a chance in Hell that Army can beat this very Damn good Navy team and with that we can only say…
20. Ron Turner, Florida International – Ron Turner has now coached for THREE seasons at FIU and has records on the board of…
Overall: 10 – 26
CUSA: 7 – 17
…..which to us is BAD but we don’t have a Freaking Clue what the above records mean to the folks that are in positions of power at FIU and we remind everyone Ron Turner has a record of…
1 – 2
….against cross-South Florida rival Florida Atlantic which is NOT GOOD either considering the current state of FAU football which is also NOT GOOD!
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1. Les Miles, LSU – Football is the ultimate game of “What Ifs” and the Biggest “What If” in the room regarding embattled LSU head coach Les Miles is this…
“What if the Miami Dolphins had made the Playoffs in 2006 and Nick Saban had stayed in south Florida and missed out on taking the Alabama job?”
“What If” indeed because the TRUTH is when Nick Saban returned to the SEC in 2007 after two years in Miami to coach a down-and-out Alabama football program LSU was riding high with Les Miles at the helm which saw Miles finish with the following after the 2007 season after THREE years in Baton Rouge:
Overall Record: 34 – 6
SEC Record: 19 – 5
1 SEC Title
1 Bogus BCS National Championship
Since Nick Saban returned to Alabama in 2007 Les Miles’ record against Saban now stands at…
3 – 7
…including the 2011 Bogus BCS National Championship Game loss and in the last THREE seasons Les Miles has posted the following very AVERAGE record in SEC play at LSU….
13 – 10
So why would a school be ready to jettison a coach that has a $15 Million Dollar buyout to hire a new coach that will no doubt command $6 to $7 Million Dollars a year for a 6 to 7 year contract?
Because LSU has lost FIVE straight games to Alabama under Les Miles
Les Miles has a 3 – 7 record against Alabama and Nick Saban in the last 10 Games
The LSU football program EASILY has more talent than EVER team it faces in the SEC each season except for Alabama and over the past THREE seasons Miles has posted a record in SEC play of…
13 – 10
It’s our firm opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat that managers should move to fire underperforming people in whatever industry or line of work they are in BEFORE the crack-up happens because it causes less damage to the entire organization when a leadership problem is nipped in the bud which can lead to Long-Term damage to something like a college football program and we don’t need to tell anyone at LSU what being off in the wilderness feels like as in the years before Nick Saban arrived in Baton Rouge in 2000 which in 11 seasons between 1989 and 1999 saw the following happen:
8 Losing Seasons
No SEC Championships
….and a Total Freaking Disaster albeit a football program in LSU that has…
Everything and Anything ANY Head Coach would need to win SEC and National Championships on a Regular Basis
A great question for any manager to ask himself or herself when considering firing someone is the following:
“Would the competition be happy or sad if I fired this person?”
And if the above question was answered SAD meaning the competition loved that person staying in their position the next question a manager must ask himself or herself is:
“What person could I hire that the competition would say….”Son-of-a-Bitch…they hired that Bastard….Hell, we will really have to go to work now!”
In our opinion….
Nick Saban would LOVE to see Les Miles stay at LSU and Mark Richt stay at Georgia because that is TWO potentially POWERHOUSE SEC football programs he want have to worry about as long as those two head coaches are in place and we can think of….
A Handful of Head Coaches that Nick Saban would HATE to see at LSU and Georgia
….and if Les Miles is indeed on his way out it’s the job of the folks at LSU to hire someone that is going to make Nick Saban’s life difficult which right now…
ZERO Head Coaches in the SEC are doing!
Only a Very Average Texas A&M team remains on LSU’s schedule and what SHOULD be a great game to help decide the SEC West Champion is instead…
Who really gives a Damn Game
….and that in a nutshell is the problem at LSU….AND……Texas A&M right now.
2. Darrell Hazell, Purdue – The “word” is that Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell will get a FOURTH season as the head coach of the Boilermakers after posting the following records in THREE seasons on the job with only the Indiana game left to be played in 2015….
Overall: 6 – 29
Big Ten: 2 – 21
Those SIX wins by Darrell Hazell in THREE seasons at Purdue were against….
Indiana State – FCS Western Michigan – MAC Southern Illinois – FCS Illinois Indiana State – FCS Nebraska
….and let’s not forget that Darrell Hazell was hired after the last Purdue head coach Danny Hope was fired after two-straight .500 or better seasons and two bowl game trips so PLEASE save us the Bullshit that Darrell Hazell took over a Complete Disaster at Purdue because the TRUTH is Hazell took over a Purdue Football program that had gone to a bowl game in….
12 of the previous 16 seasons
….AND had posted a record in Big Ten play in those previous 16 seasons of…
66 – 62
Only Indiana remains on Purdue’s schedule which is sitting on a record of 2 – 9 right now which looks to be 2 – 10 once Saturday comes and goes and then it’s on to 2016 for Purdue Football and no doubt fans of the Boilermakers are chomping at the bits to get their hands on some season tickets for next year’s team!
3. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – Much like Darrell Hazell at Purdue the Colorado Buffs head coach is also in his THIRD season on the job in Boulder and has posted a Pac-12 Conference record in those THREE seasons of…
2 – 24
….but in the SEVEN seasons before MacIntyre took over at CU the Buffs has been to…
1 Bowl Game
….and had won….
13 Big 12 and Pac-12 Conference Games
….so no doubt in our minds not only was Colorado in much worse shape than Purdue THREE years ago but Colorado also plays in a much tougher conference overall in the Pac-12….in our humble opinion of course!
Still…in our humble opinion…Colorado today almost THREE seasons after Mike MacIntyre took over the Buffs is only SLIGHTLY better than they were in 2012 at least on the field of play but we will say from what we have observed first hand on the University of Colorado campus the football program is in better shape overall BUT what feeds the bulldog is WINS and Mike MacIntyre is just flat-out not winning enough and that why he is on a Roaring Hot Seat right now.
The 4 – 8 overall and 1 – 7 in Pac-12 play Buffs have only left a road game at Utah which will be a next to impossible game for Colorado to win so with a loss that will leave Mike MacIntyre’s records in THREE seasons at Colorado at….
Overall: 10 – 27
Pac-12: 2 – 24
Uhhhh….Not So Damn Good Mike MacIntyre because we are still talking about Colorado Football where for Damn sure in our opinion a coach should be able to post a .500-plus record by his THIRD season on the job…in our humble opinion of course!
4. Scott Shafer, Syracuse – Scott Shafer was the defensive coordinator in Jim Harbaugh’s first year at Stanford before moving on to Michigan to join Rich Rodriguez’s staff and there are a number of people here at Coaches Hot Seat that have…
Very Damn Definitive Opinions on Scott Shafer
…..and his ability to coach defense and lead young men BUT after much discussion we are going to leave those…
Very Damn Definitive Opinions on Scott Shafer
….out of this blog and focus on what Scott Shafer has done at Syracuse in THREE years on the job after taking over a pretty good program from the last Orange head coach Doug Marrone:
Overall: 13 – 23
ACC: 6 – 17
By contrast in FOUR seasons at Syracuse Doug Marrone posted records of…
Overall: 25 – 25
ACC: 11 – 17
Our opinion on Syracuse football having watched them play under both Marrone and Shafer…the Orange football program is clearly going backwards and with only a game left against woeful Boston College who has a head coach also sitting on the Hot Seat in Steve Addazio it’s hard to know what to make of Syracuse football right now except that it’s NOT VERY DAMN GOOD!
5. Charlie Strong, Texas – One of the more interesting things we have going here at Coaches Hot Seat is that we have a few folks that were trained by YOUR Government to watch people in either in person or on video and by watching their face, arm and body movements AND also listening very closely to what they are saying come up with amazingly accurate analysis of what the person is thinking, or worrying about, or considering when they are being watched either in person or on video. While it’s not always easy to watch a foreign leader and ever fully determine what he or she is really thinking it has been very easy for one of those Coaches Hot Seat members to watch someone here at Coaches Hot Seat on video and then come up with an analysis and then check that against what the Coaches Hot Seat member was actually thinking and guess what….
Our talented and well-trained Coaches Hot Seat members have an almost 100% accuracy on their analysis
….which has given us lots of insight into what head coaches and athletic directors have REALLY been thinking over the last NINE football seasons which brings us to…
Texas Head Coach Charlie Strong
….who a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members have been watching very closely this season and their analysis of Charlie Strong is as of November 23, 2015….at least the part of the analysis we are willing to put into this blog is:
“Charlie Strong knows he has gotten himself into a Helluva spot where the expectations are HIGH and his ability to dramatically impact the Texas Football program in a meaningful way anytime soon are LOW especially in a Big 12 Conference that is unrelenting in the pressure applied by the offenses of other Big 12 schools which leaves Texas Football with the following conundrum…either the Texas offense starts scoring a Helluva lot of points and quick or Texas Football will a middle-of-the-pack Big 12 football program for years into the future and Charlie Strong knows it.”
The above should be scary enough to fans of Texas Football but there is something else going on as well and it’s something we have not considered very much until the last few weeks but it’s something that could dramatically impact Charlie Strong’s ability to build a championship football program again in Austin following on what Mack Brown was able to do for a decade-plus and that other thing going on is….
Will Charlie Strong and his Texas coaches be able to personally connect with the very cliquish Texas high school coaches who are very unique and very different in our opinion than the high school coaches that Charlie Strong worked with and recruited players from in Florida and elsewhere around the southeastern United States?
This is very simple to understand…..if Texas football high school coaches will not recommend and send their best players to Austin then Texas has Little Damn Chance to become a major college football power again or even to get back to the top of the Big 12 on a regular basis as we fully expect Texas Football to be at EVERY season which brings us to the…
…which shows that as us right now Texas’ 2016 Recruiting Class is ranked…..54 th in the country? What the Hell?
Sorry…but in our opinion a head coach in his THIRD year at Texas should have a recruiting class ranking in the Top 5 and by comparison Nick Saban had the No. 1 Recruiting Class according to Rivals.com in his second season starting in 2008…followed by the No. 1 class in 2009….in his THIRD season on the job and what has been Charlie Strong’s Recruiting Class Rankings at Texas?
2014: 20 2015: 12 2016: 54 currently
Let’s go to Charlie Strong’s records at Texas in his SECOND year on the job….
Overall: 10 – 13
Big 12: 8 – 8
…and the Horns still have to play this season…
Texas Tech At Baylor
Damn…..if Texas loses to Texas Tech at home to fall to 4 – 7 on the season and has to play at Baylor to end 2015 which looks a Helluva lot like a 4 – 8 season then more than just the folks here at Coaches Hot Seat will start wondering…
Just where in the Hell is this going for Charlie Strong at Texas?
6. Steve Addazio, Boston College – This coming Saturday Steve Addazio’s Boston College football team which is on a streak of SEVEN straight losses will play a Syracuse football team coached by Scott Shafer that is on a losing streak of EIGHT straight losses which is the ultimate…
Roaring Fire Hot Seat vs. Roaring Fire Hot Seat Coaches Match-Up
…and a loss in this spot by BC on the road at the Carrier Dome would leave the Eagles records in 2015 at…
Overall: 3 – 9
ACC: 0 – 8
…and Steve Addazio’s records in THREE seasons coaching at Boston College at…
Overall: 17 – 20
ACC: 8 – 16
Just for the Hell of it let’s look at the Winning Percentage of the last FOUR head football coaches at Boston College:
Tom O’Brien (1997 – 2006): .625
Jeff Jagodzinski (2006 – 2007): .714
Frank Spaziani (2009 – 2012): .431
Steve Addazio (2013 – 2015): .459
Got Going Straight Backwards Boston College?
Still one of the Stupidest Moves in recent college football history was former Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo firing BC head coach Jeff Jagodzinski after the 2007 season sitting on a winning percentage of .714 and TWO appearances in the ACC Championship Game but the issue at hand here is can Steve Addazio really survive going…
0 – 8
….in ACC play in his THIRD season on the job when is a time when head coaches should be showing improvement instead of stagnation with their football program?
Since Boston College football is an afterthought in every Damn sense of the word AFTERTHOUGHT Steve Addazio could probably go 0 – 12 and hang onto his job which is a Helluva gig if you can get it!
7. Kevin Wilson, Indiana – Kevin Wilson and his Hoosiers got their MUST WIN on Saturday against the crumbling Maryland Terrapins which gives Indiana….
5 Wins in 2015
…and with only a game left at Purdue on Saturday we are going to go out on a limb and predict…
An Indiana WIN on Saturday over Purdue
…which will get the Hoosiers to 6 wins and a postseason bowl game which will mean since we are talking about Indiana Football here that will get head coach Kevin Wilson off the Hot Seat….BUT…if Indiana should happen to lose to Purdue on Saturday …
It’s Over for Kevin Wilson at Indiana!
Coach ‘em up Kevin or….
8. Kyle Flood, Rutgers – Kyle Flood and his Rutgers football team beat Army on Saturday which has become akin to beating NO ONE in recent years and that raises Rutgers record in 2015 to 4 – 7 with only a home game left against woeful Maryland and with a win that would leave Kyle Flood’s records in FOUR seasons at the school at….
Overall: 26 – 22
Conference: 13 – 17
…which we would call that AVERAGE at best especially considering the pretty good football program that Flood took over at Rutgers from Greg Schiano in 2011.
Can Kyle Flood survive both a suspension for an academic related issue AND a losing season in his FOURTH year on the job at Rutgers?
Not if we were the athletic director at Rutgers for Damn sure!
9. Gus Malzahn, Auburn – Since Auburn lost to FSU in the 2013 – 2014 Bogus BCS National Title Game in January 2014 Gus Malzahn has posted records at Auburn of…
Overall: 14 – 10
SEC: 6 – 9
….and with the Mighty Alabama Crimson Tide headed to Auburn on Saturday for the annual Iron Bowl we here at Coaches Hot Seat tried to put ourselves in the position of Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs who has basically been around or working at Auburn University for his entire life who lists in his bio on the Auburn Athletics website the following five strategic goals…
“Winning, graduating student-athletes, managing the department’s fiscal affairs, complying with SEC and NCAA rules and providing a positive gameday experience.”
…..keeping in mind that over the last TWO seasons Auburn has spent…
Over $80 Million Dollars on the Auburn Football program
….and Auburn has….
14 wins to show for it and a losing record in SEC play
…and ONLY 8 of those wins came over FBS teams with .500 or better records!
$80 Million for EIGHT wins over FBS teams with .500 or better records!
To get down to brass tacks….
Auburn has 14 wins the last TWO seasons…
2 of those wins are over FCS teams
6 of those wins are over FBS teams with losing records
8 of those wins are over FBS teams with .500 or better records
Oh…Auburn’s record the last two seasons against FBS teams with .500 or better records?
9 – 9
Damn….a 9 – 9 record the last two seasons against FBS teams with .500 or better records after spending…
$80 Million Dollars!
That’s $8.89 Million Dollars Per Win over FBS teams with .500 or better records at Auburn the last TWO seasons!
Does Auburn have ANY chance to beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl on Saturday?
No….NOT A Chance in Hell which brings us to this obvious question:
If Alabama beats Auburn by “X” amount of points or more in Saturday’s Iron Bowl it will lead to Gus Malzahn getting fired shortly thereafter?
If Alabama beats Auburn by 28 or more points Gus Malzahn will no doubt in our minds be fired and Auburn AD Jay Jacobs will shortly thereafter be on the phone to Jimbo Fisher to offer him…
$1 Dollar MORE than what LSU is offering Jimbo Fisher which by our guess will be around….
$7.25 Million Dollars A Year on a Six Year Contract!
In many ways Jay Jacobs is in an impossible situation because Jacobs must know that Nick Saban would be THRILLED to keep Gus Malzahn at Auburn for as long as Damn possible because without a SUPERIOR quarterback the Auburn offense is the easiest offense to defend in the SEC…..BUT……what can Jacobs do if Alabama only beats Auburn by 10 to 14 points but keep Gus Malzahn around for another year and just hope the Hell things go better in 2016?
Not much really…which brings us to Auburn’s offensive gameplan against Alabama to which we can only say to Gus Malzahn….
Do what Nick Saban HATES the most and you might have a shot at winning which is…
Go Fast, Play Fast, and Attack the Middle of the Field
…which is the ONLY Damn thing that will get some of the Alabama defenders away from the line of scrimmage which is the ONLY way a team beats Alabama.
You give us a week and we will have an offensive gameplan to BEAT Alabama…and yet it seems head coaches in the SEC making Millions of Dollars a year….
Have No Damn Clue How To Even Challenge the Alabama Defense Forget About Beating Alabama!
Idiots…Just Way Damn Overpaid Idiots!
10. Mike London, Virginia – Mike London’s Virginia team got a nice win Saturday over a floundering and collapsing Duke team to raise the Cavs records in 2015 to…
4 – 7 overall
3 – 4 in ACC play
…with only a home game against Virginia Tech left in Frank Beamer’s last game coaching the Hokies which with these following records on the board coaching for SIX seasons at Virginia….
Overall: 27 – 45
ACC: 14 – 33
…..will no doubt be Mike London’s last game coaching at Virginia as well!
Good Luck to both Mike London and Frank Beamer in this Battle of Virginia Game!
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“San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus of the world — one of the really urbane communities in the United States — one of the truly cosmopolitan places and for many, many years, it always has had a warm welcome for human beings from all over the world.” Duke Ellington
“I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved.” Mark Twain
“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world.” Oscar Wilde
“Money lives in New York. Power sits in Washington. Freedom sips Cappuccino in a sidewalk cafe in San Francisco.” Joe Flower
“I’m proud to have been a Yankee. But I have found more happiness and contentment since I came back home to San Francisco than any man has a right to deserve. This is the friendliest city in the world.” Joe DiMaggio
“Chicago is the great American city, New York is one of the capitals of the world, and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic; San Francisco is a lady” Norman Mailer,
“You wouldn’t think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight there, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown. Every race in the world. The sardine fleets sailing out. The little cable-cars whizzing down The City hills~. And all the people are open and friendly.” Dylan Thomas
“The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” Mark Twain
“They got a name for the winners in the world….I want a name when I lose…they call Alabama the Crimson Tide….call me Deacon Blues…Deacon Blues.”
Enjoy the GREAT Steely Dan performing Deacon Blues!
For the folks here at Coaches Hot Seat there is one clear leader for Head Coaches that CANNOT LOSE in Week 12 and that is of course….
1. David Shaw, Stanford
…who for Damn sure CANNOT LOSE to Cal on Saturday night on The Farm because losing the Big Game is just flat-out…
With a win in the Big Game Stanford will have qualified for its…
THIRD Pac-12 Title Game Appearance in FOUR Seasons
…and would play the Pac-12 South Champion for the Pac-12 Conference Championship which if won would be Stanford Football’s…
THIRD Pac-12 Title in FOUR Seasons
….which would be a Mighty Damn Impressive run indeed for Stanford Football but then none of that happens unless Stanford BEATS Cal to win the…
Stanford Football has won FIVE straight Big Games against Cal and 6 of the last 9 so why in the Hell not make it…
SIX Straight Big Games
7 of the last 10 Big Games
…..and we can keep this….
…where it belongs which is on The Farm in Stanford, California!
Go Stanford BEAT Cal!
2. Les Miles, LSU vs. Ole Miss – For all the people that scoff at the idea that Les Miles could be on the Hot Seat or only a loss from Ole Miss from being run out of Baton Rouge let us all remember that we are talking about…
….here where Bozo the Clown could win…
8 Games A Year EASY
….and where for Damn sure the head coach better…
Split the series with Alabama at least
…and what is Les Miles’ record against Alabama in the last 10 meetings against the Crimson Tide?
3 – 7
Sorry…3 – 7 against Alabama not only doesn’t feed the bulldog at LSU it will get your ass run out of town and very simply….
If LSU loses to Ole Miss on Saturday we would recommend that Les Miles agent start inquiring about other head coaching jobs…maybe in Big Ten Country…because it will be…..
….for Les Miles at LSU!
3. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss vs. LSU – On the flipside of the LSU – Ole Miss game on Saturday a loss by the Rebels would drop the Ole Miss record to 7 – 4 on the season with still a game at Mississippi State and a loss to LSU and Hugh Freeze will wake-up on Monday morning with his rear-end on the….
….and with a loss to Mississippi State also to finish at 7 – 5 or 3 – 5 in the Rebels last 8 games Hugh Freeze will in late November find his rear-end on a…
Roaring Hot Seat!
Our recommendation to Les Miles AND Hugh Freeze: Neither of you can afford to lose this game boys so coach HARD!
4. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt – When you are making $5 Million Dollars a year playing your home games in a PALACE which is the case for Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin your ass better be…
Winning A Helluva Lot of Football Games
….and in his FOURTH season coaching the Aggies Kevin Sumlin is now sitting on a record in SEC play of….
16 – 14
….and if A&M loses to Vanderbilt on Saturday and LSU in the last game to finish at….
7 – 5 overall
3 – 5 in SEC play
….in 2015 we would recommend Kevin Sumlin have another job lined-up because he might not make it back to College Station from Baton Rough still the head coach of the….
Texas A&M Fighting Aggies!
5. Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Idaho – Oh this one’s pretty simple to figure out….
If for some CRAZY reason that Auburn lost to Idaho on Saturday with the Tigers something like 34 point favorites over the Vandals
….Gus Malzahn will be fired before the clock strikes Midnight on The Plains and Will Muschamp would be coaching Auburn in the Iron Bowl BUT since there is little chance in Hell of Idaho beating Auburn….right?….this is all kind of silly….but then….Idaho might just give FCS Jacksonville State a good game AND Jacksonville State took Auburn into overtime earlier this season…..Hmmmmm…..Oh Hell let’s not even consider Auburn losing to Idaho BUT if it happens Gus Malzahn will need….
Boxes…Lots of Damn Moving Boxes….and in a Helluva hurry!
6. Mark Richt, Georgia vs. Georgia Southern – Although many here at Coaches Hot Seat were raised in what would be called “secular” homes today meaning we were usually playing golf or some other sport on Sunday mornings instead of sitting in a church pew which our fathers to man detested because they did not enjoy being told how to live their lives by other people our parents made Damn sure we had a good grounding in religious history because it’s impossible for someone to understand world history without the religions that played a major role in helping to make-up what human beings are today.
With the above being said with Mark Richt being a “good Christian man” we are confident Mark understands as we do the basic tenets of the “trials and tribulations” that goes hand-in-hand of being a Christian which basically boils down to this:
Life isn’t fair and it’s often cruel and instead of crying about life not being fair or trying to make excuses for a tough predicament Christians understand that “trials and tribulations” that human beings go through make them tougher and help create important traits inside of human beings including perseverance and character and in the end…Hope….the hope that what one has learned when going through the “trials and tribulations” will provide hope for a better future while becoming a tougher person for when those “trials and tribulations” show up again…as they always do in this thing we call life.
It’s not just Christians that are very public about their faith that think in the above way because one of our favorite quotes by Coach Bill Walsh is….
“When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you’ll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win.”
….which no doubt flows straight from the Judeo-Christian ideas and beliefs that form a major bedrock of the American Republic and getting back to Mark Richt we have a sneaking suspicion here at Coaches Hot Seat that Mark rather enjoys having his ass roasted from time-to-time by us here at Coaches Hot Seat because it reminds him in his very blessed life that….
Life isn’t fair and there is a Helluva lot to be learned by going through tough times
…which brings us to the Georgia Southern – Georgia game on Saturday and the reality that IF Mark Richt loses this game….
His rear-end will be climbing the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings AGAIN!
….which we have a sneaking suspicion brings a smile to Mark Richt’s face…not going up the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings mind you…but that he has yet another “trial and tribulation” to fight through!
Good Luck against Georgia Southern Mark!
7. Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State – To show how wide the swing could have been on the Arkansas season in 2015 the Razorbacks could be sitting on records of….
9 – 1
2 – 8
….right now and with a record of 6 – 4 on the board and with these two games left to play….
Mississippi State Missouri
….it’s Very Damn Important for Bret Bielema and Arkansas to win these last TWO games at home because improvement on their 6 – 6 record in 2014 is paramount and beating Mississippi State in this spot would give Arkansas a leg-up in the SEC West and a lot of momentum heading into their last game of the year against Missouri.
8. Steve Addazio, Boston College vs. Notre Dame – Is there a chance in Hell the 16-point underdogs Boston College Eagles can beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Fenway Park on Saturday?
No…not a chance in Heaven or Hell in our opinion and with a loss Steve Addazio will be in his own little Hell with BC on a SEVEN game losing streak and with only wins on the board against…
Maine Howard Northern Illinois
Oh..with a loss on Saturday to Notre Dame Steve Addazio’s overall record in THREE seasons at Boston College would drop to…
17 – 20
….and that is the kind of record that can get your ass fired….in our humble opinion of course!
9. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia vs. Kansas – We don’t give the Kansas Jayhawks much chance to beat Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday BUT if KU did win this game to drop WVU’s record in 2015 to….
5 – 5
….with still games left for West Virginia against…
Iowa State At Kansas State
….things could get mighty Damn interesting in Morgantown BUT now…
No Damn way that West Virginia loses to Kansas….right?
Crazy Boy Dana Holgorsen better hope the Hell not!
10. Kevin Wilson, Indiana vs. Maryland – After opening with FOUR straight wins to start the season Kevin Wilson’s Hoosiers are now sitting on a record of…
4 – 6
…with only games left against…
At Maryland Purdue
….and if Kevin Wilson is EVER going to get Indiana to a .500 record and a bowl game then this is the year because Maryland with an already fired head coach and Purdue in Total and Complete Disarray there really is….
No Damn Excuse for Indiana to NOT win its last TWO Games
….so come on Kevin Wilson….
Bring these TWO wins home son!
11. Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. Arizona – What is that famous Winston Churchill quote….
“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
….which must be how Todd Graham felt after the Washington game last week after falling behind early to UW when it looked like it might be ANOTHER loss for the Sun Devils for awhile which would have dropped ASU’s record to…
4 – 6
…with still games left against Arizona and at California BUT Arizona State did beat Washington and now the Devils are…
5 – 5
…with games left against Arizona and at California BUT if Todd Graham’s football team happened to lose to Arizona and then at California…..Oh…..
Todd Graham’s ass would be on a ROARING HOT SEAT come late November!
Uhhh….don’t lose to Arizona Todd Graham!
12. Kyle Flood, Rutgers vs. Army – We don’t think there’s much chance Rutgers could lose to a below average Army team that just lost at home to Tulane BUT if Rutgers did lose in this spot….in our opinion…
The Kyle Flood-era at Rutgers would be over
…..thus why Army is a CANNOT LOSE Game for Kyle Flood as is the last game of the season against Maryland.
“If you see players who hate practice, their coach isn’t doing a very good job.”
“The absolute bottom line in coaching is organization and preparing for practice.”
“A resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success. And that’s what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of itself.”
“I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a highly competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure—and their ability to overcome it.”
“The ability to help the people around me self-actualize their goals underlines the single aspect of my abilities and the label that I value most—teacher.”
“Failure is part of success, an integral part. Everybody gets knocked down. Knowing it will happen and what you must do when it does is the first step back.”
“When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you’ll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win.”
“Great players and great companies don’t suddenly start hunching up, grimacing, and trying to “hit the ball harder” at a critical point. Rather, they’re in a mode, a zone in which they’re performing and depending on their “game,” which they’ve mastered over many months and years of intelligently directed hard work. There’s only so much thinking you can isolate and focus on during that kind of extreme competitive pressure. It has to be tactical more than a conscious effort to really “try harder.” You just want to function very well, up to your potential, effortlessly—do what you already know how to do at the level of excellence you’ve acquired—whether in making a presentation or coaching a game or anything else.”
“Everybody’s got an opinion. Leaders are paid to make a decision. The difference between offering an opinion and making a decision is the difference between working for the leader and being the leader.”
“We all have in our mind inspiring examples of individuals who persevered beyond the point of reason and common sense and prevailed. We tend to ignore the more numerous examples of individuals who persisted and persisted and finally failed and took everybody down with them because they would not change course or quit. We ignore them because we never heard about them.”
“You must be the best version of yourself that you can be; stay within the framework of your own personality and be authentic. If you’re faking it, you’ll be found out.”
“The trademark of a well-led organization in sports or business is that it’s virtually self-sustaining and self-directed—almost autonomous. To put it in a more personal way, if your staff doesn’t seem fully mobilized and energized until you enter the room, if they require your presence to carry on at the level of effort and excellence you have tried to install, your leadership has not percolated down.”
“Strong leaders don’t plead with individuals to perform.”
“Make each person in your employ very aware that his or her well-being has a high priority with the organization and that the well-being of the organization must be his or her highest professional priority.”
“The highest-paid, most talented people that you can go out and hire will not perform to their potential unless they feel as if they are part of something special—a family that treats them right.”
“It was always my goal to create and maintain a working environment both on and off the field that had a sense of urgency and intensity but did not feel like we were in constant crisis mode.”
“In evaluating people, I prize ego. It often translates into a fierce desire to do their best and an inner confidence that stands them in good stead when things really get rough. Psychologists suggest that there is a strong link between ego and competitiveness. All the great performers I’ve ever coached had ego to spare.”
“Extra effort,” in whatever form it takes (mental, physical, emotional), cannot be sustained without eventual damage and diminishing returns. There has to be a very acute awareness on your part as to the level of exertion and the toll it’s taking on those you lead.”
“By instinct we—leaders—want to run hard all the time; by intellect we know this is not possible. Reconciling those two positions in the context of leadership is an ongoing challenge.”
“Concentrate on what will produce results rather than on the results, the process rather than the prize.”
“Clear thinking and overly charged emotions are usually antithetical.”
“People matter most—more than equipment, investors, inventions, momentum, or X’s and O’s. People are at the heart of achieving organizational greatness.”
“Afford each person the same respect, support, and fair treatment you would expect if your roles were reversed. Deal with people individually, not as objects who are part of a herd—that’s the critical factor.”
“If you care about how you’re perceived by others, including the public, it’s good to remember the following: Criticism—both deserved and undeserved—is part of the territory when you’re the one calling the shots. Ignore the undeserved; learn from the deserved; lick your wounds and move on.”
“Calculated risks are part of what you do, but the idea that something completely crazy will work just because it’s completely crazy is completely crazy.”
“One of the common traits of outstanding performers—coaches, athletes, managers, sales representatives, executives, and others who face a daily up/down, win/lose accounting system—is that a rejection, that is, defeat, is quickly forgotten, replaced eagerly by pursuit of a new order, client, or opponent.”
“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.”
“If you are worthy of emulation, you have left an unbelievable legacy. He was a great coach, a great friend, and I’m going to miss him terribly.” Former coach Dick Vermeil at Coach Bill Walsh Memorial Service
“I came to the San Francisco 49ers with a specific goal – to implement what I call the Standard of Performance. It was a way of doing things, a leadership philosophy, that has as much to do with core values, principles, and ideals as with blocking, tackling, and passing; more to do with the mental than with the physical.”
“The culture precedes positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on as an afterthought on your way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners.”
“For me, the road had been rocky at times, triumphant too, but along the way I had never wavered in my dedication to installing – teaching – those actions and attitudes I believed would create a great team, a superior organization. I knew that if I achieved that, the score would take care of itself.”
“For me the starting point for everything – before strategy, tactics, theories, managing, organizing, philosophy, methodology, talent, or experience – is work ethic. Without one of significant magnitude you’re dead in the water, finished. I knew the example I set as head coach would be what others in the organization would recognize as the standard they needed to match (at least, most of them would recognize it). If there is such a thing as a trickle-down effect, that’s it. Your staff sees your devotion to work, their people see them, and on through the organization.”
“In building and maintaining your organization, place a premium on those who exhibit great desire to keep pushing themselves to higher and higher performance and production levels, who seek to go beyond the highest standards that you, the leader, set. The employee who gets to work early, stays late, fights through illness and personal problems is the one to keep your eye on for greater responsibilities.”
“All successful leaders know where we want to go, figure out a way we believe will get the organization there, and then move forward with absolute determination. We may falter from time to time, but ultimately we are unswerving in moving toward our goal; we will not quit. There is an inner compulsion – obsession – to get it done the way you want it done.”
“Victory is produced by and belongs to all. Winning a Super Bowl results from you whole team not only doing their individual jobs but perceiving that those jobs contributed to overall success. The trophy doesn’t belong just to a superstar quarterback or CEO, head coach or top salesperson. This is an essential lesson I taught the San Francisco organization: The offensive team is not a country unto itself, nor is the defensive team or the special teams, staff, coaches, or anyone in the organization separate from the fate of the organization. WE are united and fight as one; we win or lose as one.”
1. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys – Before we get to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who is the REAL story when it comes to the…
Rolling Disaster That is the Dallas Cowboys Football Organization
….let us just say that Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett in his SIXTH season as a head coach in Dallas and has posted a record of…
44 – 39
….which is a winning percentage of….
….and if that is good enough of a winning percentage to get paid $6 Million Dollars a year then you can be confident that person is working for…
A Complete and Total Moron
….and there is Jerry Jones entering from stage left with his “Leader” Greg Hardy in close-tow behind making it very clear the ONLY thing the…
Sorry Excuse for a Human Being Jerry Jones Cares About
….is winning football games and everything else be Damned which made the Cowboys loss to the woeful Tampa Bay Bucs which have now won….
10 Games the Last 3 NFL Seasons
…with 1 of those wins coming over the Not So Damn Mighty Dallas Cowboys very Damn special indeed!
Got Jerry Jones is Getting What He Deserves?
Why YES and every other Decent Human Being in America does now!
The now 2 – 7 Cowboys now have 7 games left on their schedule…
At Miami Dolphins Carolina Panthers At Washington Redskins At Green Bay Packers New York Jets At Buffalo Bills Washington Redskins
…and with Tony Romo due back to play against the Dolphins on Sunday it will be interesting to see what kind of KARMA Jerry Jones and his football team will run into in the coming weeks but whatever the Hell it is…..
It promises to be SWEET!
2. Mike Pettine, Cleveland Browns – It’s hard to know just how long the Cleveland Browns management and ownership will allow head coach Mike Pettine to lose football games and with Johnny Manziel starting at quarterback for the Browns the rest of this season maybe that means Pettine is confident he will be back in 2016 so he is just going to let things rip….
…..Mike Pettine may think he has nothing to lose with the Browns now at….
2 – 8
…on the season with these games left to play:
Baltimore Ravens Cincinnati Bengals San Francisco 49ers At Seattle Seahawks At Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers
Hell…..at least THREE of the above games are winnable if the Browns started playing better on offense but the Browns could also lose ALL of the above games so splitting the difference that would be 3 more wins in 2015 and would leave Cleveland at…
5 – 11
…which would be TWO losses worse than the Browns did in 2014 in Pettine’s first year on the job and that regression will sure the Hell not make anyone in Cleveland very happy and leave the door open for the Browns to make a coaching change come late December.
3. Jim Tomsula, San Francisco 49ers – The San Francisco 49ers management and ownership is so Damn Incompetent we think it is almost impossible to predict what the….
Santa Clara Buffoon Crew
….might do next with the 49ers head coaching position or anything else for that matter BUT we do know that the 49ers are now….
3 – 6
…on the season and still have games left to play against:
At Seattle Seahawks Arizona Cardinals At Chicago Bears At Cleveland Browns Cincinnati Bengals At Detroit Lions St. Louis Rams
Our best guess… San Francisco finishes with a record in 2015 of something like….
4 – 12 or 5 – 11
….and we haven’t a clue if the….
Santa Clara Buffoon Crew
….will bring Jim Tomsula back for another season or not no matter what happens and frankly we could care the Hell less what happens to the 49ers as long as the….
Snot-Nosed Trust Fund Boy Jed York
….is destroying the football organization that his uncle worked his ass off to build for over a decade!
4. Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions – The Detroit Lions did about everything possible to give away a game to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday BUT in the end came away with a nice win for head coach Jim Caldwell which leaves the Lions record at….
2 – 7
….this season with these games still left on Detroit’s schedule:
Oakland Raiders Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay Packers At St. Louis Rams At New Orleans Saints San Francisco 49ers At Chicago Bears
IF the Detroit Lions play like they did against the Packers and cut down on the mistakes just a LITTLE they could probably win….
4….maybe….5 more games
….and that would leave the Lions record in 2015 at either…
6 – 10 or 7 – 9
….which more than likely would save Jim Caldwell’s job and give him a shot to turn things around in 2016 BUT winning those….
4….maybe….5 more games
….is a Helluva lot harder than it looks starting with a home game this Sunday against the surging Oakland Raiders which would be a nice win for the Lions IF they can get it!
5. Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars – We didn’t see much of the Jaguars – Ravens game but the NFL admitted the officials made a mistake at the end of the game that gave a victory to the Jaguars and jobbed the Ravens which is OUTRAGEOUS but just Par-For-The-Course these days when it comes to the NFL which now has games dominated by officials throwing flags all over the field often without a clue to what they are doing in our opinion.
Getting back to Gus Bradley with the Jaguars “victory” over the Ravens that raised Jacksonville’s record to….
3 – 6
….and the Jags still have to play this season:
Tennessee Titans San Diego Chargers At Tennessee Titans Indianapolis Colts Atlanta Falcons At New Orleans Saints At Houston Texans
Our impression…which is just an impression..is that the Jacksonville Jaguars are playing SLIGHTLY better in 2015 than in 2014 and so maybe the Jags can win the some games down the stretch BUT we have to think that anything short of….
5 Wins in 2015
…and Gus Bradley will be DONE after three years in Jacksonville….in our humble opinion of course.
6. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants – The New York Giants gave the New England Patriots a GREAT game on Sunday BUT the now 5 – 5 Giants and their head coach are treading in dangerous waters because in a very weakened NFC East IF the Giants miss the Playoffs again in 2015 which would be the….
FOURTH Year in a Row for the Giants
….we don’t believe there is a chance in Hell that Tom Coughlin returns to coach the New York Giants in 2016 and thus why Coughlin and his football team better take care of business in their remaining 6 games after this bye week:
At Washington Redskins New York Jets At Miami Dolphins Carolina Panthers At Minnesota Vikings Philadelphia Eagles
Hell….the Giants could EASILY lose all of their remaining pretty-tough slate of games and if the Giants do fall on their faces down the stretch….in our opinion of course….
Tom Coughlin is DONE in New York….PERIOD.
7. Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams – To be honest we don’t have a clue what the expectations are for St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher who in his FOURTH season coaching the Rams has posted a record of….
23 – 30 – 1
…which would classify as only AVERAGE considering the Rams roster which is really only right around AVERAGE right now which means the St. Louis Rams are pretty much all-round….
….and with the Rams maybe or maybe not moving to Los Angeles in 2016 does it really matter what the Rams do in 2015?
Not Really BUT the Rams are now 4 – 5 on the season which puts them a couple of games out of the Wild Card race in the NFC and who knows if the Rams can win a few games down the stretch against…
At Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Arizona Cardinals Detroit Lions Tampa Bay Bucs At Seattle Seahawks At San Francisco 49ers
…..we guess MAYBE they can get into the Playoffs BUT if they don’t will Jeff Fisher be fired after NOT taking the Rams to the Playoffs in FOUR seasons on the job in St. Louis?
Who the Hell knows because really when you get down to it….
It Really Doesn’t Matter whether Jeff Fisher is fired or not because these are the Rams…..right?