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2010 NFL Head Coaches on the Hot Seat

August 29th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2010 NFL Head Coaches on the Hot Seat
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The hot seat. Every coach finds himself on it at some point in his career. Some persevere, while others fold under the pressure. This year in the NFL, there are a number of coaches that are facing potential do or die situations. Check out who those coaches are, why they’re in trouble, what we can expect of them this year, and their odds to win the Super Bowl.

Chan Gailey, Buffalo Bills (+10000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): Bottom line: When you’re not a good coaching hire in the first place, you’re always on the hot seat. Gailey was an awful coach at virtually every stop along the way in his career, and this is probably going to be no exception. It looks like he has decided that QB Trent Edwards is the man to try to take his team from the ranks of the worst in the league to respectability. No chance. Edwards is, at best, the fifth best quarterback in this division, and he is clearly not the answer. Gailey will probably survive regardless, but this year has the potential to be a bloody one. We’ve seen coaches dismissed after one year before. Gailey might be the next in line.

Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans (+3000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): Playoffs or bust. That’s the ultimatum that has been handed down from owner Bob McNair to Kubiak this year for the Texans. This is the only franchise in the NFL that has never tasted the playoffs, and by now, the fourth year of his rule in Houston, the Texans should be making the playoffs, particularly with the type of talent that the team has. The only problem is that the schedule is an absolute nightmare this year. Houston has also already lost its second round draft pick and projected starting RB Ben Tate, which really only leaves RBs Arian Foster and Steve Slaton. This could be a bad situation if Foster doesn’t pan out. Still, the top rated passing attack in the NFL from last year is only getting better with every pass that QB Matt Schaub throws. Every year this team gets better and better. Last year was the squad’s first season above .500. This should be the year that the playoffs are reached.

Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars (+10000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): Here’s a man that probably should have already been fired. Jacksonville has drafted poorly in recent years, and it is really catching up. The team simply isn’t that great. The decision to make QB David Garrard the starter a few years ago paid off in the short term but has crippled the franchise now that it really needs its boost, as the Jags are threatening to move to Los Angeles if ticket sales don’t pick up. Unless RB Maurice Jones-Drew intends on having a year like Chris Johnson did last season in Tennessee, don’t expect Del Rio to be heading anywhere but the unemployment line once the year is out.

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles (+3000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): It’s hard to think that the Eagles would part ways with Reid after all of the playoff years that this franchise has had, but this is the same team that just dumped QB Donovan McNabb unceremoniously to a divisional rival in exchange for a bag of peanuts and a box of footballs. Reid needs to at least finish .500 this year with new QB Kevin Kolb, or he might be out the door. The Eagles are searching for a new direction, and the fact that Reid only brought the team to one Super Bowl and never won the big one could ultimately cost him. If the standard of his job is going to be measured on the playoffs, the City of Brotherly Love will be watching the last season of Reid on the sidelines in green.

Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears (+5000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): The Bears made the biggest splash of the offseason last year when they acquired QB Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos. Cutler failed miserably, and the team flat out stunk last season. Now, Chicago was back at it again this year, picking up DE Julius Peppers, the best free agent that the open market has seen in years in the NFL. An 0-3 start to the preseason with just 36 total points scored isn’t a good start if you’re looking to put good mojo into your team for your make or break season. Somehow, Smith, just like Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati, finds a way to keep saving his job with one good year every so often. This could be that “every so often” year in the Windy City… but if it isn’t, it is high time that Smith goes.

John Fox, Carolina Panthers (+6000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): The Panthers know that this is probably going to be a down year, but Fox is just as much putting them on the hot seat as they are putting him there. The team did go out and dump QB Jake Delhomme after so many failed seasons, and they even brought in his eventual successor, QB Jimmy Clausen in the NFL Draft. However, Fox doesn’t want to wait for some rookie to groom. He wants to win and win now. The rushing attack is great with both RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart capable of rushing for 1,000+ yards. However, the defense lost the aforementioned Peppers and has a lot of work to do to return to respectability. The Panthers are clearly the third best team in this division, and the end result could be a long, long season in which Fox either gets fired before its conclusion, or tells the team that he is not renewing his contract at season’s end.

2010 NFL Coaching Changes

August 24th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2010 NFL Coaching Changes
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Coaches change in the NFL seemingly every single season, and this year is absolutely no exception. Here at Bankroll Sports, we are looking at the teams that have new men in charge and what that is going to do to those teams’ Super Bowl odds in NFL betting action.

Buffalo Bills (100 to 1 to win the Super Bowl at JustBet Sportsbook): The Bills probably knew that they were never going to get to the Promised Land under old HC Dick Jauron, but what makes them hire out Chan Gailey now? Gailey was a miserable head coach for the Dallas Cowboys back in the day, and he really hasn’t turned any football program that he has been with into a success. There’s a reason that Paul Johnson stepped right in at Georgia Tech and did a fantastic job bringing the Yellow Jackets to the BCS, whereas Gailey never stood a chance of winning the ACC. Gailey was miserable as a coordinator as well. Now, he has to sort through a quarterbacking mess that includes Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards, and Brian Brohm… Needless to say, it’s going to be a long, long season for Buffalo. Don’t be shocked if Gailey is ultimately one and done, as the Bills showed last year that they had no problems firing a coach in the middle of the season.

Washington Redskins (40 to 1 to win the Super Bowl at JustBet Sportsbook): Here’s quite the interesting hire. Had the Broncos not collapsed down the stretch two years ago, Mike Shanahan would most likely still be coaching in Denver. However, he was canned after the ’08 season and is now on the sidelines in DC, where owner Daniel Snyder brought him in to try to right the ship that was messed up by Jim Zorn for a number of years. Not only did Snyder find a new coach, but he found a new quarterback as well in the form of QB Donovan McNabb. Things aren’t going so well for Shanny in our nation’s capitol, though. DT Albert Haynesworth, a former defensive leader of the team, has been clashing with Shanahan all preseason long. Truth be told, this is still probably the worst team in the NFC East, but finishing with a respectable record this year and challenging for the playoffs in 2011 isn’t out of the question.

Seattle Seahawks (80 to 1 to win the Super Bowl at JustBet Sportsbook): It only took one year of the Jim Mora Jr. era for the brass in Seattle to realize that they made a huge mistake in hiring him. Almost immediately, the younger Mora was booted out of the ranks of head coaching for the second time in the last four years. Now, a former NFL skipper and one of the legendary college coaches of our time, Pete Carroll is set to take over. Carroll immediately said that he was going to come in and sort out the pass rushing problems for this team. We don’t quite see the personnel there yet to accomplish that. Now, Carroll also has a quarterback problem, as QB Matt Hasselbeck doesn’t seem to have the same tools that he did back in the day when the Seahawks were going to Super Bowls. Is QB Charlie Whitehurst the answer? Carroll had better find out soon, or he might be in more trouble than his former college program, USC.