I had an interesting experience on Saturday. I was talking with a buddy of mine about football. He is a diehard Green Bay fan and I own Rodgers in my fantasy league so we talked about Green Bay. He then made the comment that I thought was so funny. He said, "MIke McCarthy is on the hot seat. There's no one right now whose seat is hotter." What struck me as funny was that that's probably the discussion that's going on in the Packers' community. Of course I had to issue a corrective: Dick Jauron is on the hot seat and Jim Zorn has no seat.
Also this got me thinking about the upcoming coaching carousel. I think it is fair to say that of Bills fan I am up there with the most optimistic and I think Jauron should get at least one more year. But that aside, for those who want Jauron gone, and they have as good an argument as any, things are not looking so good. The reason is that there are just too many teams that will be searching for coaches that the usual suspects will have their pickings and Buffalo will not be at the top of anyone's list.
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The teams with hot seat coaches are:
Obviously, there is a lot of football left and some of these teams can redeem themsleves and their coaches. However, that's a lot of spots. One glaring issue with the Bills is Ralph Wilson's age. Clearly any established coach would want to be assured stability while they rebuild. With Mr. Wilson in his 90s, one can reasonably assume that his team will get sold in the next 5-10 years. Any coach that is looking to set down and do business will be scared away by the possibility of that instability. This is my chief reason for thinking that Jauron will return. DJ has a rebuilding project underway with many young key players. Mr. Wilson will probably decide to stick this one out and let the product bear fruit. As long as the team still plays hard and with passion, etc (Brian had the great post of how DJ could keep his job)
I hope he sticks with DJ for one more year. I just think there are too many pieces, players and relationships, that need time to grow (OC, QB, OLine, etc) and next year will be truly a make or break year because we should see the growth we've been waiting for and the depth that we've been building.