NBC sports is conducting a poll on most and least likely coaches to get fired.
Currently Mike McCarthy is the 4th most likely coach to get fired while Brad Childress is the 4th least likely coach to get fired. More interesting is that both coaches have the exact same win/loss ratio at 31-25 with McCarthy having one more playoff win than Childress.
It makes sense in light of two teams going in opposite directions from the beginning of their coaches' tenures up to now. But I think another symmetry should be noted. Since both coaches have taken over the Vikings have spent more money on players than all but two other teams in the NFL while the Packers have spent less than only two other teams. Might this be a factor in team success? At the bottom of the food chain things make sense since below Green Bay we find Tampa and the Chiefs. At the top things are a little less clear thanks to owners that throw money around with no clue what they're doing (Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones I'm looking in your direction).
ESPN has been tracking fan ratings of coaches for some time and last season it was funny to see Childress bounce around the board from week to week based on weather the Vikings won or lost, though he did climb erratically higher as our record improved. This year, according to the ESPN graph, Childress was a considerably worse coach because of the interception at the end of the Steelers game (and let's not forget that tripping call (am I right R4F?)) in week 7 than he was in week 5 when he single-handedly defeated the menacing St. Louis Rams.
Does anyone know of a website that rates teams, year by year, on criteria like, coaching, free agency, draft quality, player development, ownership situation, etc.? Maybe even add to that player sets like O-Line, D-Line, RBs, WRs, QBs, Linebackers and Backfield. Taking individual names out of the ratings should reduce the tendency to over apply blame or credit to individuals, give a better overall picture of the team's structure and health and, in regards to player sets, reward depth at those positions to take into account injury resiliency.
Or we could just keep assigning all credit and blame to the coaches...