Originally posted by NCommand:Very good post!
This^ those are a ton of great points, especially about letting two future SB winning guys leave. To this day, Super Bowl XXXII is sort of tough to see because both coaches came from SF.
I'd have to go with Mariucci, mainly because Erickson was such a poor choice for replacing him. The 2003 team underachieved terribly. TO dogging it most of that season didn't help, but they lost so many close games that were winnable that year.
Mooch had definitely run his course. The rumors of him leaving for Detroit had gained steam when Matt Millen "settled" for Marty Mornhinweg. He was constantly at odds with TO, which couldn't have been good for team chemistry. The TB divisional game was the nail in the coffin.