Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mirror Images, Different Reflections

I blogged awhile back about how Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans seemed to be holding rookie head coach Raheem Morris to a higher standard than other first year coaches around the league. Allow me to push a little further.

Coach Morris fired his offensive coordinator right before the season started.

Kansas City head coach Todd Haley also fired his offensive coordinator right before the season started.

Coach Morris fired his defensive coordintor with 6 games to go in the season.

Coach Haley fired his defensive coordinator today a couple of weeks after the end of the regular season.

Coach Morris had to deal with his starting safety getting suspended for 4 games to begin the year, and his star cornerback getting arrested.

Coach Haley's starting running back caused a controversy for using gay slurs on twitter and in person to the media then refused to apologize.

Coach Morris traded away a former first round pick and starting defensive end mid season.

Coach Haley traded away his former starting running back who had been a pro bowler.

Coach Morris drafted a quarterback in the first round to build his offense around.

Coach Haley brought in a young free agent quarterback to build his offense around.

Coach Morris ended the season with a record of 3-13.

Coach Haley ended the season with a record of 4-12.

Now despite all of these similarities, does anybody remember Todd Haley being on the hot seat at the end of the year? Were the Chiefs ever thought to be even considering firing him? Mind you I could make a very strong argument that the Chiefs had quite a bit more talent than the Bucs did this year. Hell on Defense alone they had 4 former first round picks. And they lost to the damn Raiders WITH JaMarcus Russell for goodness sake!

But while Bucs fans here were calling for Morris' ouster, you hardly heard a peep coming from Kansas City.

Now I don't say all this to say fans can't complain, hell its your right. I am just giving a little perspective about what is happening in other places where they have a first year coach and to contrast the two reactions. If that happens to resonate with you then so be it.

It is what it is.


  1. Not to speak ill of someone who many have been your friend, but I'm no upset by the Adams trade. For whatever reason he just didn't seem set to blow up like everyone expected him to and they pulled the trigger on a tough decision while they could get good value for him.

    I'm actually pretty happy w/ our DEs as a group, even if they aren't on Sport Center every night. I think adding a 2nd round speed rusher and a 1st or 2nd round motivated DT brings our line right up into the top 10 again.

    We already have talent on the rotation, one or two extra pushes and we're there, I believe that.

  2. Chiefs fans (and some pundits) were calling for Haley to be fired, too.