Belichick Knows Raheem’s SituationDecember 26th, 2011
For weeks, Joe’s heard some callers to sports radio say that Raheem Morris should not be fired because a coach can’t logically go from being a legitimate Coach of the Year candidate one season to a coach worthy of firing the next.
And that argument was given more life today when Raheem himself floated a similar take during his Monday news conference.
Well, Joe knows plenty of coaches that were hailed as superstars one season and forced to walk the plank after the following campaign.
Obviously, Todd Haley is a recent example with the Chiefs. Pete Carroll was canned after his third year in New England, despite never having a losing season there. And Bill Belichick was in a situation similar to Raheem’s with the Browns back in the mid-1990s.
There have been others.
Belicheat was a young man in his fourth season as head coach when the Browns broke through with an 11-5 record in 1994. They shocked the NFL by allowing a league-best 12.8 points per game. And the Browns marched into the Wild Card playoffs and took out New England, led by 1994 AP Coach of the Year Bill Parcells.
Belicheat was fired after a 5-11 record in 1995.
It happens. Especially to younger first-time head coaches that typically get a lot less leeway than their more experienced colleagues.