Football is always built around overreactions. The shortest professional sports season means every game is given ample time to critique each and every decision. Coaching careers can be dictated by their ways of adjusting from week to week.
Matt Patricia – Detroit Lions
I believed that Matt Patricia was going to finally commit to the run last year. Kerryon Johnson looked like a future star that could take a lot of the pressure off of Mattew Stafford. Utilizing the run has all but disappeared due to the lack of the ever having an actual lead.
Patricia’s record is a dismal 9 – 23 since taking over in 2018. While win/loss records can have asterisks needed around them due to injuries, notably last year, when Mathew Stafford missed most of the regular season it’s the complete ineptitude of the Lions on the defensive end that has to force the hand of the organization. Patricia came to Detroit as the former defensive coordinator of the vaunted Patriots. In his first season with Detroit the Lions ranked 16th in overall team defense. It was middle of the pack and somewhat acceptable in his first season. In year number two The Lions declined to 26th in the league.
The Lions collapse in the 4th quarter of game one of the season was an example of the decline of the organization. The Lions continually add talent to the team on both ends of the ball but the leadership has not been able to find the right mix to be successful. The NFC North has been up for the taking over the last few seasons, but the Lions continue to take no steps forward.
Dan Quinn – Atlanta Falcons
Dan Quinn has been in Atlanta for six years. He took them to a superbowl in 2016 where they infamously blew a lead to Tom Brady and the Patriots. Quinn followed up the superbowl appearance with a 10-6 record in 2017. Since then the Falcons are 14-18 and have lost games in ways that will make their teams puke.
Atlanta has wasted one of the best offenses in the league over the last two years. In 2018 the Falcons actually ranked top ten in the league in total defense but they gave up a staggering 401 yards per game. The defense was way worse in 2019 and has continued to give up yards in the first two games of 2020. They inexplicably play man to man coverage allowing teams to pick apart the secondary of their choosing. The lack of defensive adjustments is staggering to watch.
The Falcons blew a lead to the Dallas Cowboys this weekend due to the stupidity of the coaching staff. The refusal of Dirk Koetter to lean on the outside zone runs is baffling. The Cowboys were dealing with multiple injuries that opened up the possibility of running out the clock.
Quinn is a problem because he refuses to make the changes to coaching concepts. A team that continually gives up big leads has no other option but to blame the head coach.
Adam Gase- New York Jets
The New York Jets seem like a cursed franchise. An organization that has a great history in the league is snake bitten by bad decisions. The worst of those decisions could be maintaining the services of Adam Gase.
Gase was the coach in Miami when they drafted Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill had zero progression in his time with Gase, he actually lost his job and eventually found himself in Tennesee. Now away from Gase, Tannehill has established himself as an offensive threat. Gase’s inability to connect with his team and quarterback could not only hurt the organization but waste the talent of Sam Darnold. Darnold’s numbers on paper aren’t horrible but his decision making seems to continue to be a problem. That shows a lack of preparation from the coaching staff.
The Jets picked up Le’Veon Bell last season and instead of focusing the offense on the premier runningback, they focused on Sam Darnold continually throwing the ball. The Jets offensive approach doesn’t make any sense. They are going to waste a great talent if they don’t move on from Gase now. Darnold may not get a second chance like Tannehill.
Bill O’Brien- Houston Texans
The Houston Texans will likely find a way to win the AFC South. That’s what they do. Houston has had a tough start to the season, playing the defending champion Chiefs and the powerful Balitmore Ravens. Excuses will come his way but we can never forget that he has had tons of problems with relationships with his players and a history of stupid decisions.
No matter what happens this season, he moved DeAndre Hopkins and didn’t even get a first round pick. Brandin Cooks, Joey Galloway and Percy Harvin are just a few of the wide receivers that all were moved for first round picks. This is unforgivable.
Oh and the fake punt last year against the Chiefs. Just plain stupid. How does this guy really have a job right now?