Originally Posted by arglebargle
The 'change coaches every two years' plan?
Except that is not a plan, much less mine.
As I said, Shanahan is an experienced, accomplished coach who didn't have a QB until his 3rd season. No reason to fire him last year when he didn't have a QB to work with and there were obvious improvements anyway, especially on defense.
Garrett was an inexperienced coordinator who had never been the HC of so much as a pee wee team. He has never even been a particularly successful coordinator, his best years coming when Sparano was here and helping him. And he inherited a team that was in the playoffs the year before he took over, and had an established QB already on the roster and in his system for his entire career.
Garrett has done not a single thing, not one, in my eyes that proves to me that he is a)qualified for this position and b) not in over his head. I'm not in favor of having a "learn on the job" HC, and even his most ardent supporters have to admit some of his mistakes have been flat out bush league.
Again, I would not have fired Shanahan because he has the skins on the wall that prove he knows what the heck he is doing, and he was showing incremental progress even before getting RG3. And he did a marvelous job this year with him. Yeah he ended with a bad run at Denver, but so did Reid in Philly. That's the way it goes sometime when a good HC is too long in one spot.
I would happily fire Garrett tomorrow because he was given much more than Shanahan to start with and has done a lot less with it. And he has no history, no experience, no resume, no accomplishments as a professional football coach I can point at that indicates that next year is going to be significantly different than this one.