I was reading this article ,"Dungy: Singletary must be himself" and at the end of the article, Dungy says, "Everybody's sitting here judging Mike in his second (full) year as a head coach. I was a lot better in Year 13 than I was in Year 2, for sure."
That got me thinking. If we fire Singletary and bring in a proven winner, great for the organization, that's football, but I don't think Singletary is doomed to always be a failure as a head coach in the NFL, like I do with Nolan, Erickson etc. I feel like we might be throwing away a gem.
Granted we as fans, and the media who scrutinize Sings every move, want to win now and have an extremely high expectation for our franchise, coupled with the fact that we have not been to the playoffs since 2003, yes maybe we do need a proven winner. But that's not to say that he can't be successful. Who's to say he won't keep working to better himself to learn the X's & O's, clock management, and to take responsibility rather than passing off the baton and throwing players and other members of the coaching staff under the bus.
If we fire him, would you feel that we were being too hasty, or did he have his chance? Hey Smith had 6 years. On average, how long does it take a coach who sucked in his previous 2 years, turn it around? Does anyone else have an example of a YOUNG coach whose head everyone was calling for, only to turn it around? Not a situation like Coughlin in NY but more of a rookie or 2nd year coach who was struggling, that FINALLY got it in his 3rd or 4th year and excelled?
Maybe Jed needs to lay into Singletary like Singletary laid into Smith, and 2 years ago Davis. Maybe that will give him the kick in the pants and turn his coaching career around. I'd hate to see Singletary fired, then come back later and have playoff success with another franchise, while we hired the sure thing that may be over the hill. Do we honestly think Shanahhan can get the Skins a Super Bowl? Just some stuff to think about...
[ Edited by zozell on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:43:19 ]