Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by JohnnyMo49:
Originally posted by WestCoast:
Originally posted by Shaj:
I may not agree with W-L conclusions they drew, but I thought the analysis was fascinating. Of interesting note is that statistically, having the same OC does not impact QB results, and also that Smith's record passer rating last year was against bad teams mostly. Ouch.
Eddie D would have fired Singletary in a sec
Eddie D woulda never hired Singletary
Oh really. Who hired Pete McCulley and Fred O''Connor, then?
Joe Thomas hired them sir -- not Eddie D.
Now -- in all fairness -- Eddie D. DID -- in fact -- HIRE Joe Thomas to run the team as General Manager. It was -- in fact -- the first hire that a young Eddie D. made -- at the recommendation of Raiders owners Al Davis.
Thomas came with a great reputation for building winners. But he eventually got tagged with the unfortunate name of "Captain Bligh" after committing a series of blunders. His first was firing Head Coach Monte Clarke -- who had compiled a winning record in 1976. Clarke's "Gold Rush" defenses were breaking sack records back in the day. Yet he was canned after an 8-6 season.
Thomas then hired Ken Meyer -- fired him after one season -- then hired and fired Pete McCulley. He also made the rather unfortunate decision to trade away two years worth of high draft picks for a used up OJ Simpson.
Captain Bligh's final move was to replace McCulley with Fred O'Connor at the mid-point of that fateful, terrible, 2-14 1978 season. Captain Bligh and O'Connor were -- in turn -- fired by a disgusted Eddie D. at the completion of the 1978 season.
That is when Eddie D. turned to the college ranks and hired a coach by the name of Bill Walsh.
The rest is history. And that -- sir -- is the true story.