The National Football League is a crazy business … you can go 9-7 and be fired or have one win in two years and still have a job.
That is the story of Jim Caldwell, fired in Detroit and Hugh Jackson, retained in Cleveland.
We shouldn’t expect smart moves in Cleveland after years of terrible decisions and questionable hires. But there is something to be said to stick to something before bailing and the Browns need some sustainability with a new general manager coming in to try to right the ship.
Oakland is looking at bringing John Gruden back from the broadcast booth and likely will.
And that’s what is happening across all sports, you just never know what’s going to work when it comes to coaching.
There are very few that are certainties. Mike Babcock will win, Bill Belichick the same for the Cubs’ Joe Maddon. But those are rare finds.
Most of the coaching decisions are about looking at a résumé and hoping a good coordinator is a great head coach. That rarely works. And it is the reason why Black Monday in the NFL is a busy day for organizations to admit they got it wrong.