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Bronco Rob
06-02-2009, 10:37 AM
1. New York Jets not hiring Bill Cowher

After firing coach Eric Mangini, the Jets had an opportunity to land former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who has resided at the top of the "A" list ever since leaving Pittsburgh a season after winning a Super Bowl.

But the Jets weren't interested in altering the power structure that GM Mike Tannenbaum has so carefully and methodically developed over the years. Basically, Tannenbaum would have had to yield his authority over the team to Cowher -- and possibly accept a position of irrelevance to the football operation.

Tannenbaum wasn't interested in standing down, so the talks with Cowher went nowhere.

At a time when the Jets are struggling to sell, for significant lump sums, the privilege to park posteriors in the chairs for which fans will be buying tickets, having Cowher in the fold would have gone a long way toward moving many personal seat licenses for the new stadium.



2. Cleveland Browns hiring Eric Mangini

After Browns owner Randy Lerner opted to dump GM Phil Savage and coach Romeo Crennel only a year after rewarding them for not making the playoffs with new contracts, Lerner seemed to be prepared to focus initially on hiring a new general manager, and then a head coach.

But, then, Eric Mangini became available, and Lerner had to have him.

Though Mangini might ultimately have been the right man for the job, the rush to reel him in when no one else was interested in making him a head coach will be heavily criticized if the Browns continue to struggle.



3. Denver Broncos trading Jay Cutler

Seven years ago, the Buccaneers bounced a defensive-minded head coach (Tony Dungy) and replaced him with an offensive guru (Jon Gruden). The fumes of Dungy coupled with the fury of Gruden propelled the Bucs to their only Super Bowl win.

In January, the Broncos surprisingly parted ways with coach Mike Shanahan, an offensive mastermind. Instead of replacing him with a specialist on the defensive side of the ball, owner Pat Bowlen opted to bring in another expert on offense, Josh McDaniels.

And regardless of whether McDaniels didn't want quarterback Jay Cutler or vice-versa, the end result -- the trade of a young franchise quarterback -- was not an acceptable outcome.

But if McDaniels didn't want Cutler, then McDaniels shouldn't have taken the job. Or, at a minimum, he should have been honest with Bowlen.



4. Washington Redskins flirting with new quarterbacks

Jason Campbell got off to a solid start in 2008, his first season running the West Coast offense. Even though his performances eventually cooled, Campbell put up the best numbers of his career.

And 2009 will be his second straight season in the same offense for the first time in a long time.

So there should be reason for optimism in D.C., right?

Wrong.

The Redskins made a run at Cutler. When they didn't get him, they tried to get in position to draft Mark Sanchez.

Campbell is still the quarterback, but the situation surely is awkward.

Though Campbell is using it as motivation, the fact that the Redskins tried but failed to replace Campbell sets a strange tone for the '09 season.



5. San Francisco 49ers flirting with Kurt Warner

No one believed quarterback Kurt Warner would leave the Cardinals.

So why did the 49ers openly flirt with him?

On one hand, the 49ers' interest in Warner might have forced the Cardinals to pay more money to keep him. On the other hand, the 49ers created the impression that they were played by Warner.

Even worse, their failure to land him highlighted the reality that the Niners' current options at quarterback aren't all that good.



6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers not spending money

Thanks to several years of carrying excess cap room, the Buccaneers entered the 2009 offseason with a huge cap surplus.

Five months later, they still have $37 million to spend.

Though it's difficult to build a winning team in one year merely by buying up free agents, the Bucs essentially sat on the sidelines while all of the upper-tier free agents signed elsewhere.

And when the Bucs did spend money, they handed over a big pile of guaranteed cash to a guy with a chronic knee problem -- tight end Kellen Winslow.

In the end, the Bucs probably will identify their key young players and use much of that cap room to sign them to new deals. But that won't do anything to make the team any better in 2009.



7. Pittsburgh Steelers using franchise tag on Max Starks

Last year, the Steelers inexplicably opted to apply the transition tag to tackle Max Starks. Given that there was no significant market for his services, he promptly signed the tender offer -- and received a base salary of $6.985 million last season.

In the end, the Steelers needed him, due to the back troubles of Marvel Smith. But Starks was hardly dominant. Jamie Dukes of the NFL Network believes (and we agree) that the Steelers' offensive line was worse than any other Super Bowl-winning team's wall of blockers.

So, this time around, the Steelers used the franchise tag on Starks. Once again, he promptly signed it. And he'll make $8.451 million this year, guaranteed.

That's $15.436 million for two seasons -- for a guy who drew no interest last year, when limited only by the Steelers' right to match any offer he received, with no compensation if they chose not to do so.

Meanwhile, the Steelers have had to navigate some serious (and, for them, uncharacteristic) salary cap problems.

The better move would have been to let him hit the market, where he would have realized that he's worth far less than $8 per year.



8. Indianapolis Colts creating coaching confusion

As expected, Colts head coach Tony Dungy retired after the 2008 season.

As expected, Jim Caldwell replaced him.

The next events were not expected.

Offensive line coach Howard Mudd and offensive coordinator Tom Moore nearly retired. GM Bill Polian talked them out of it.

Then, the Colts parted ways with special teams coach Russ Purnell. The next man to go was defensive coordinator Ron Meeks.

More recently, Mudd and Moore retired in a haze of confusion arising from their ability to take their pensions in a lump sum. They want to return as consultants, but a definitive answer has not yet been generated.

The situation is nothing short of a complete mess, and one of the most solid coaching staffs over the past several years suddenly has landed in a state of disarray, with none of the three most important assistants -- offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator -- returning in 2009 after being in place since 2002.



9. Houston Texans trading Sage Rosenfels

Houston quarterback Matt Schaub has had plenty of injury problems since becoming the team's starter in 2007. In his first year with the team, he missed five games. Last year, he missed five more.

Despite the unfortunate "Rosencopter" routine that greased the skids for an epic collapse against the Colts, backup QB Sage Rosenfels has been a solid contributor from the backup position.

But the Texans opted to send him to Minnesota. And they replaced him with Dan Orlovsky, the former Lions QB who ran out of the end zone against the Vikings last year, realizing it roughly 30 seconds later.

Bottom line? If Schaub can't stay healthy this year, the Texans could be in real trouble.



10. Detroit Lions promoting front office figures.

The day after the Lions capped the first 0-16 season in NFL history, coach Rod Marinelli was fired.

On the very same day, Tom Lewand and Martin Mayhew received promotions.

Lewand has been a key figure in the team's front office during the decade of futility since Barry Sanders retired, and Mayhew served as the primary lieutenant for deposed CEO Matt Millen. Despite having their fingerprints all over that winless campaign, they not only kept their jobs, they got better ones.

So now Lewand holds the title of CEO, and Mayhew serves as the general manager. And they believe they're equipped to succeed because they had front-row seats for the slow-motion train wreck that occurred under Millen.

Ownership apparently agrees with this ridiculous proposition. And that might help explain the franchise's struggles of the past 50 years.





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bronco militia
06-02-2009, 10:45 AM
Seven years ago, the Buccaneers bounced a defensive-minded head coach (Tony Dungy) and replaced him with an offensive guru (Jon Gruden). The fumes of Dungy coupled with the fury of Gruden propelled the Bucs to their only Super Bowl win.


LOL......the worst example ever.

both teams won one superbowl

Bronco Rob
06-02-2009, 10:49 AM
Seven years ago, the Buccaneers bounced a defensive-minded head coach (Tony Dungy) and replaced him with an offensive guru (Jon Gruden). The fumes of Dungy coupled with the fury of Gruden propelled the Bucs to their only Super Bowl win.


LOL......the worst example ever.

both teams won one superbowl


Oh did I mention...

This is yet another masterpiece for florio.....




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missingnumber7
06-02-2009, 01:09 PM
Good article...I don't think enough is being made of the Cutler trade or the Shambles that will be left in Indy...I see the end of paymeaton in indy very soon.

fdf
06-02-2009, 03:02 PM
Good article...I don't think enough is being made of the Cutler trade . . . .

Certainly, it hasn't gotten nearly the attention it deserves here on the Mane.

Rulon Velvet Jones
06-02-2009, 04:13 PM
Sucks the Jets missed out on Cowher. Who did hire him? What's that? No one did?

Way to leave out a HUGE side of the story there, numbnuts.

Merlin
06-02-2009, 04:13 PM
Certainly, it hasn't gotten nearly the attention it deserves here on the Mane.
LOL ROFL! LOL... Oh wait...I resemble that remark!

SJ Bronco
06-02-2009, 04:58 PM
We aren't even #1 at screwing up!? what do we gotta do?

missingnumber7
06-03-2009, 09:18 AM
Certainly, it hasn't gotten nearly the attention it deserves here on the Mane.

When was the last time the face of the franchise was traded?

Beantown Bronco
06-03-2009, 09:22 AM
When was the last time the face of the franchise was traded?

2004.............if you asked Clinton Portis.

theAPAOps5
06-03-2009, 09:26 AM
Florio sucks and sure puts a lot of stock in a drunk egotistical prick who hasn't done **** in this league.

SonOfLe-loLang
06-03-2009, 09:37 AM
What still baffles me is this assumption to McD was hellbent on getting rid of Cutler. I just dont believe this to be true and that he'd still be a bronco if that pudgy a-hole could figure out how to work a telephone