Showing posts with label Transitions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Transitions. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ozzie Guillen Didn't Make It


Ozzie Guillen is, for the moment, out of a job. I have no idea if anyone is going to give him another shot at managing a team in the Majors in the not-too-distant future.

Here you have a guy who can win ballgames. He has a proven track record, one that is better than .500 and that might make him attractive enough to hire once again. Is it really fair to judge him for his knuckleheaded ways and his big mouth? Isn't that the distraction that keeps people from realizing that he can relate to ballplayers and get them to play hard? Or is it unfair to point out that the Marlins spread around a lot of money and didn't get much in return?

How is that Ozzie's fault?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Twins Need Some Big Changes


I'll admit that I am a bit behind on following the Minnesota Twins, but, damn. Twenty-one hits given up in one game?

Isn't it about time to fire Ron Gardenhire? Isn't it about time for some new blood?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Are They Howling in Beantown?


This may look like a good trade on paper, but does it damage the team chemistry in Boston?

I'm not going to get into whether this makes sense from a baseball perspective as far as bringing in players that can help Boston win; I think it opens up the question of whether or not you trade a popular player who has contributed and what you can expect from fans when you do exactly that.

In baseball, nostalgia and sentimentality end when a player stops being productive. No matter who you are, you're gone if you can't produce. I'm not aware of the inability of Kevin Youkilis to produce for Boston. Are they happy to see him go? Or are they howling for blood?

Friday, January 8, 2010

What Do I Know?


Pete Carroll is on the move:
Pete Carroll did not officially inform USC he was leaving as of Friday afternoon but sources within the university said he accepted a job with the Seattle Seahawks and only needed to agree to final contract details.

USC sources said Carroll agreed to a five-year deal with the Seahawks with the only question how much power he would have in the organization. The Seahawks lack a coach and general manager and Carroll's often expressed a hope to do both when he returned to the NFL.

Athletic director Mike Garrett is expected to target Oregon State coach Mike Riley as his No. 1 choice. The other top candidates are former USC players: Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio and Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher. Another possible candidate, according to sources, is Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

It's the typical five year NFL deal. If Carroll hasn't accomplished anything, by the tail-end of that third season, he'll be looking for a new job.

Someone needs to set up a Shanahan vs Carroll game next year, and then, of course, the obligatory matchup with Bill Belichick.

Don't Do It, Pete


Add me to the list of people who think this is a bad idea, if there is such a list:
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that Seahawks chief executive officer Tod Leiweke flew to California this week to interview Carroll for the job. ESPN.com, citing unidentified league sources, said an announcement of Carroll joining the Seahawks could come early next week.

"Pete's name comes out at this time every year. In the past, he hasn't commented on such reports," USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "He was not expected in [Friday]. ... At this point, we have nothing to report."

A Seahawks spokesman inside the team's headquarters Friday refused to comment on Carroll. Carroll did not return a phone message left by The AP.

Leiweke did not respond to an e-mail from The AP asking about Carroll, who was 6-10 in 1994 with the New York Jets and then 27-21 while twice reaching the playoffs from '97-99 with the New England Patriots.

University of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, who left his friend Carroll and the Trojans 12 months ago for his first head coaching job, chuckled when asked if he'd like to be a head coach in the same city as his mentor.

"That'd be kind of fun," Sarkisian said.

"I'm so used to hearing people talk about Pete Carroll going to the NFL, they've been saying it for the last seven years when I was with him, so it's not new to me," Sarkisian said. "It doesn't surprise me at all. Every year. You can't find a year in the last seven years where it hasn't been brought up."

Carroll's NFL experience was a lifetime ago; ten years is a long time to be out of the day to day grind. As good as USC has been, and as good as the competition has been, that's still not the NFL and no one can convince me otherwise.

Is Seattle the right organization? It's not a terrible organization, not by a long shot. It's not Oakland, and it's not Kansas City and it's certainly not the Washington Redskins (which snapped up a man in Mike Shanahan who's only been out of a job for a few years, rather than an entire decade plus one season).

I picked up the photo from a blog called
"Kornheiser's Cartel," which promised to be a sports blog angling to trade off a little of the Mr. Tony magic (without actually involving him, of course).

Alas, that blog has been dead in the water for months. It sputtered through March, going a week or better with no updates, and then died in April, just as baseball season was getting underway. Someone took the time to design the blog, and register "kornheiserscartel.com" and everything. And it died from neglect.

A coach's command of the NFL dies from neglect as well. Could Carroll get it back? Could Carroll succeed? Absolutely. But, the price of failure might leave him unable to walk away from the NFL and go back to a plum job like USC. As long as the program he has built is succeeding, why would he walk away? Carroll could take the Seattle job and make a splash. That's when I'm afraid the game, and the competitive nature of the league, plus the parity in talent, would begin to take a toll on Carroll's bag of tricks. All coaches die a slow, lingering death in the NFL--just ask Bill Belichick, the guy who replaced Carroll.

Monday, January 4, 2010

So Long, Jim Zorn



It was inevitable, so let's get this out of the way:

Jim Zorn was fired by the Washington Redskins early Monday, the first step in yet another team overhaul under owner Dan Snyder.

Zorn was informed of his dismissal shortly after the team returned to Redskins Park following Sunday’s season-ending 23-20 loss at San Diego.

Zorn went 12-20 over two seasons, but he lost 18 of his last 24 games after a 6-2 start in 2008. The Redskins struggled early despite a weak schedule this season and finished 4-12, their worst record since 1994.


Zorn is merely the latest firing in a long list of firings (or haughty resignations) that will allow him to go on to bigger and better things. He can point to the fact that the Redskins were a dysfunctional, bloated, badly-organized organization on the day he arrived and no one will hold it against them. In fact, Zorn went out with class and dignity, allowing himself the opportunity to return to coaching at some level (probably an offensive coordinator somewhere that needs one, like St. Louis, Chicago, or even Seattle again).

Class and dignity are not words you would use for the Redskins franchise, but they are words that you would use for Jim Zorn. And if Norv Turner is any indication of what's ahead for Zorn, everything will be fine.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

None of the Redskin's Problems Have Been Solved by Getting Rid of Vinnie Cerrato


I would be surprised if coach Jon Gruden went to the Redskins--it is a sick franchise in a tough division. Losing there for a few years could end a career, rather than enhance it:
Just hours after the Washington Redskins announced the resignation of Vinny Cerrato, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the team had already hired Bruce Allen to be the Redskins' executive vice president and general manager.

And that means speculation about Jon Gruden to the Redskins is inevitable.

Yes, I know, Gruden and ESPN both insist that Gruden will be back in the Monday Night Football booth next year. But lots of coaches have said one thing and then done another when a new job opened up. And Gruden's history of working with Allen in Tampa Bay makes the two of them a natural fit.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is widely believed to want a head coach who is a proven winner -- a coach who already has a Super Bowl ring. Gruden qualifies. And Gruden (unlike Bill Cowher and Mike Shanahan, a couple of other available coaches with Super Bowl rings) would likely be willing to work for a team that didn't give him final say over personnel.

It's more than this coveted "final say" that gets bantered around. It's more to do with "what do I have to work with and how long do I have to turn it around?"

In Daniel Snyder's world--you have until yesterday to turn things around.

This is an owner who gets rid of people so that they can go on and do better things elsewhere (Marty Schottenheimer, Norv Turner, Gregg Williams) and this is an owner who has absolutely no prestige in the league right now. In fact, you can't help but laugh hysterically at the fortunes of the Redskins, and their decision not to make Gregg Williams the head coach absolutely encapsulates what is so wrong with the Redskins. That's not to say that Williams, who has turned into a genius hiring move with the New Orleans Saints, could have done any better than Zorn, but I doubt if he could have done worse.

Naturally, the guy to go get is a man who gives crusty old Redskins fans a tenuous link to by-gone days and a man who last helped take two franchises, Oakland and Tampa Bay, to two different Super Bowls, with mixed results.

Raider Nation had held out hope that Gruden and Allen might have been brought back into the Al Davis fold. Alas, it was not to be.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Will Notre Dame Pull the Trigger?


The New York Daily News says that Notre Dame has already fired Charlie Weis. Well, what does that mean, exactly?
Former Indianapolis attorney Jack Swarbrick knows the next 48 hours could well define his 29-year career in athletics. The Notre Dame athletic director is pondering what to do about football coach Charlie Weis. All reports indicate Swarbrick will sack Weis by tomorrow.

The decision may be easy after this season, which ended with six wins and six losses. But it won’t be cheap, even by Notre Dame standards.

It will cost approximately $18 million to buy out Weis’ contract, and another $2 million to buy out Weis’ assistants. Recall, Weis started so brilliantly at Notre Dame, that his first contract was shredded seven games into his tenure in South Bend and replaced with a 10-year deal. That genius move pre-dated Swarbrick's arrival in South Bend.

And sources have said a high-level replacement (like Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops) will cost Notre Dame at least $25 million in guaranteed money. Sources have confirmed that Swarbrick talked with Stoops over the weekend.

Weis can basically walk away with a retirement fund of his very own. He can take a few years off and then go be a coordinator. He can give speeches. He can write some more books. He can do whatever he want. Maybe, in five years, he'll even come out and talk about how Notre Dame's firing of his successor was because of the ridiculous idea that the Fighting Irish should even try to have a football program in this modern era. Who knows?

Notre Dame Ends the Charlie Weis era:


See you around, Charlie. You were a good guy. You just couldn't win in South Bend. You can probably win somewhere else, but you couldn't do it in South Bend. I suspect it wasn't you, it was them.