Originally Posted by Yakuza Rich
He would be hellbent on finding an O-Line and coordinator that would get the running game going. And he would release and fire coaches until he got what he wanted. He had David Shula as his O-Coordinator in part because Jimmy admired his dad so much and canned Shula after year 2 when he didn't get Emmitt the ball too much. Fired some O-Line coach in order to get Hudson Houck. We eventually got Norv, one of the best playcallers in the game and could beat teams with the run or the pass.
I think given time he would find the right person. I question how much the game has gone by, but I think fundamentally Jimmy would create a sound football team. Sorta like Joe Gibbs did in his return to the Redskins. While Gibbs was a failure in Washington his 2nd time around, they were better than when he got them (and after he left them).
Jimmy didn't fire Tony Wise. Wannstedt took Wise with him when he was took the Bears' HC position, right after their first SB. Houck inherited a unit that Wise built, with the exception of Larry Allen. Norv recommended Houck, who he was familiar with when they were both assistants on the Rams coaching staff.