I found a similar poll on the Pioneer Press so I thought I would
steal borrow the idea and bring it here to the DN.
I know the most popular names have been Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, and recently Bill Parcells. I would like to offer my opinion on these guys and throw a few more names out there as potential candidates.
Bill Cowher. The guy flat out demands respect. He is most well known for his hard
chin nose style of coaching, and he has the wins to back it up. He's a no nonsense kind of guy. My major concerns with hiring Bill Cowher are three fold:
- Does he still have it? He's been out of the game for a few years, and let's face it; it did take him all 15 years in Pittsburgh before he cashed in with his one and only Lombardi trophy.
- Was it the system, or was it Cowher. I don't think anyone can argue it, the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the top 3 franchises in all of professional sports. Mike Tomlin stepped in and they haven't missed a beat.
- Will he scrap the 4-3 and try to implement a 3-4 defense? Hey, I personally love an odd front. It is easier to make adjustments versus varous offensive personnel with a 3-4, and I'll take the 4th linebacker over the 4th defensive lineman anyday of the week. But do we have the personnel for this type of change? In my opinion, the answer is no, we don't.
Jon Gruden. Another firery guy with a demeanor that's hard not to respect and want to go to battle for. And like Cowher, he's in the Lombardi Trophy club, albeit if it's the one Lombardi club. He's also known for his no-nonsense approach to prima donnas and bad refs. He has a strong work ethic and a genuine love for the game. Plus he's a west coast offense, Tampa 2 defense kind of coach so the transistion, in terms of player personnel would be easiest. Some concerns about Gruden are:
- His ability to rate talent (the draft).
- Did he win with Dungy's team?
Bill Parcels. Reports are out that he is getting the itch. And not the kind you get from having Jen Sterger pay you a visit in your hotel room either. The kind that every retired coach gets after being out of the game for a few years. There was even a fanpost dedicated to this idea of bringing back the Tuna. (sorry I couldn't find the link for it). His record speaks for itself. There are few men in the history of the NFL that is more respected than the Tuna. However, I will come right out and say that I am not a fan of bringing back a guy like Parcells. I think he simply does not have the endurance/energy anymore to handle the rigors of a full NFL season.
Leslie Frazier. It is safe to say that he had more support from fans for this type of move last season. Now that the defense has been exposed, more and more fans are a bit wary of turning things over to Frazier for the long term. He definately seems to be more of a players coach, and perhaps more liked by the players than Childress ever was. But is that enough to make him the next Head Coach? On the same token, is it fair to suddenly blame him for problems that seem to be more than skin deep (management, coaches, players etc.)?
Please feel free to add any strengths or weaknesses for any of the candidates that I may have missed.