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bigbluedefense
07-19-2007, 06:58 PM
The place is moving real slow, and Im finally getting some more free time to post more often, so I figured Id start up something to get our minds off the other "story" surrounding the NFL these days. Who do you think is an assistant in the NFL right now that is worthy of getting a HC job? Here is my list


Rob Ryan: Oakland Raiders Defensive Coordinator

To me, what he's done is more impressive than his brother Rex. They run similar schemes, and I love both of them, but Rob got near equal production out of a group that was on the field alot more than the Ravens defense, had major negativity surrounding the clubhouse, and out of players with less talent than the Ravens. Don't get me wrong, he has talent, and lots of it, but its still impressive what he did with this unit.

And he has an impressive resume. He was a linebackers coach in NE under Bellichick, and he's son of Buddy Ryan (so is Rex of course). He has experience in the 4-3 and 3-4, and he seems like he can garner respect from his players since he was able to make the Raiders focus under such adverse conditions and actually had the whole team pulling for him to be the new HC in the offseason.

He's my personal first choice as a Tom Coughlin replacement for the Giants if we decide to get an upcoming assistant coach as our new HC. (yes, im already thinking of Coughlin replacements).


Norm Chow: Tennesee Titans Offensive Coordinator

Im surprised that a man like Chow doesn't even get mentioned as a possible HC. His resume is very impressive. He's helped mold Matt Leinart, Vince Young, and Phillip Rivers. He's not pass happy, and his offenses generally have a good balance to it. He knows how to develop young quarterbacks and adjust to his players strengths. His resume basically speaks for itself. He would also be the first Asian American HC if he ever becomes one, which I think would be pretty cool. I don't care if he's purple, the man is a brilliant mind and deserves a shot at HC. Hopefully his chance comes soon. If youre a team with a young developing quarterback, this is the guy to get. He'll develop him properly.

Ron Rivera: San Diego's Linebackers Coach

I personally blame Ron Rivera for the Bear's losing the superbowl. I really do. I felt that the weather was a gift from the football gods and he didnt take advantage of it. When it was pouring the way it was, why wasn't he aggressive? Why didn't he blitz Peyton? Instead he essentially had his guys play prevent the whole game, and made Peyton's life easy by allowing him to check down all game. The deepball wasn't there, the weather wouldn't allow it. There was no need to put so much emphasis on defending it. To me, the Bears couldve won that Superbowl if Rivera didn't call a horrible game.


However, (even though i just ripped him), this is the man to get if you want to run a Tampa 2 defense. He's a military man, he garners respect from his guys, good motivator, and he's one of the better Cover 2 minds out there. If youre going Cover 2, Ron Rivera is your man.


Possible other guys that I need to pay more attention to: Mike Zimmer (anyone under Parcells tree seems golden almost), Mike Singletary (gotta see him take a more proactive role in Xs and Os first)


Im sure there are a couple of names I left out. I want to hear who you think is worthy and why. Let's talk about something else for a change.

TheChampIsHere
07-19-2007, 07:17 PM
Add Rex Ryan to that list

scottyboy
07-19-2007, 07:23 PM
BBD, you forgot our favorite coach, the now DB coach of Carolina, Tim Lewis!! haha kidding. i think ppossibly Johnson, the iigles DC, he just has a crazy good defensive mind, i think he'd make apretty good HC, but prob just too good of a DC

remix 6
07-19-2007, 07:27 PM
Pepper Johnson

Patriots DL coach..coached LBs aswell

bigbluedefense
07-19-2007, 07:29 PM
BBD, you forgot our favorite coach, the now DB coach of Carolina, Tim Lewis!! haha kidding. i think ppossibly Johnson, the iigles DC, he just has a crazy good defensive mind, i think he'd make apretty good HC, but prob just too good of a DC

I don't think he wants to be a HC. If he did, he wouldve taken a job by now. And we got Spags anyway, which is pretty much the same thing, just younger.

I like the idea of Rob as HC, and keep Spags at DC, since they have similar idealogies on defense. Or bring Pepper Johnson in as DC, since he also worked under Bellichick and was a protege of Ryans. Then we can bring in an offensive mind who will preach ball control and smashmouth offense, which will make Eli's life a lot easier.

bigbluedefense
07-19-2007, 07:31 PM
Pepper Johnson

Patriots DL coach..coached LBs aswell

I want him as a DC, im not ready to consider him as a HC yet. I like the idea of having him as a DC though. Former Giant, played for Parcells, coached under Bellichick, has coached the Patriot Dline and LB core, and has done a stellar job with both. I like him alot as a DC.

MasterShake
07-19-2007, 07:50 PM
Unfortunately for me and my Niners....

Mike Singletary, Assistant HC/LB coach


He doesn't have a huge amount of coaching experieance, but he just oozes leadership. I remember a clip from when he and Nolan were in Baltimore and Nolan asked Singletary to chew out Ray Lewis because Singletary is a guy even Lewis would bow down to.

I hope we can hold on to him for another year or two...

princefielder28
07-19-2007, 08:03 PM
I think Russ Grimm has the ability to be a head coach in this league. I like the Pittsburgh toughness that him and Whisenhut are bringing to Arizona and with a successful year there I think Grimm could be the big man on an NFL team in '08.

BamaFalcon59
07-19-2007, 08:06 PM
Both of the Falcons coordinators have legit shots. Zimmer due to the Parcell's link and relative success; Hue Jackson because of his work in Cincinattii and if he works a miracle with our WRs he can do it anywhere.

21ST
07-19-2007, 08:08 PM
Russ Grimm would be great i want him to be the redskins next coach so bad that would be so cool

also greg williams and Al Saunders are pretty good "Assistants"

skinzzfan25
07-19-2007, 08:10 PM
Russ Grimm would be great i want him to be the redskins next coach so bad that would be so cool

also greg williams and Al Saunders are pretty good "Assistants"

Yeah, but both, or at least Williams sucked as a HC. Saunders is just an offensive genius, lets just leave him at that.

Hopefully we can get Grimm to come back home when Gibbs retires. Personally, I'd flip out.

TACKLE
07-19-2007, 08:11 PM
Monte Kiffin
Jim Johnson
Alex Gibbs
Tom Moore

21ST
07-19-2007, 08:12 PM
Yeah, but both, or at least Williams sucked as a HC. Saunders is just an offensive genius, lets just leave him at that.

Hopefully we can get Grimm to come back home when Gibbs retires. Personally, I'd flip out.

I would too, or if we could some how have both of them here at the same time.

BlindSite
07-19-2007, 08:12 PM
Mike Trgovac gets no love for having a top ranked defense in 03, 05 and 06.

Dam8610
07-19-2007, 08:16 PM
If we're doing "should be" head coaches, then Tom Moore and Monte Kiffin head the list, but neither wants a head coaching spot.

TACKLE
07-19-2007, 08:19 PM
If we're doing "should be" head coaches, then Tom Moore and Monte Kiffin head the list, but neither wants a head coaching spot.

Well the thread is called Assistants Who Should Be Head Coaches.

BamaFalcon59
07-19-2007, 08:22 PM
The Cardinal's DC has been mentioned.

TheChampIsHere
07-19-2007, 08:23 PM
There are a lot of guys you named who great coordinators, but they dont have real ambition to be HCs, they are more Xs and Os guys and while they are great at what they do, they probably wont become HCs ever, Im talking about guys like Monte Kiffin, Jim Johnson, Greg Williams....I think the best HC prospect there is Singletary, just like guys were talking about, he has incredible leadership skills and should be able to inspire his players and get the most out of them. He would need some good Xs and Os coordinators though because he is not a master strategist like Bellichick or anything.

neko4
07-19-2007, 08:36 PM
Something else to discuss would be which college coaches could make the jump to the pros, Pete Carroll could do it but he wont

PalmerToCJ
07-19-2007, 09:15 PM
Add Rex Ryan to that list

Agreed.

Bob Bratkowski (Bengals OC) has recieved attention for a HC job and I think he'll get more this year when our offense is back on track and the team is hopefully more successful but I don't think he's worthy. Our old WR coach (Hue Jackson, now OC of the Falcons) is more worthy of an eventual HC job than he is.

etk
07-19-2007, 09:29 PM
If we're doing "should be" head coaches, then Tom Moore and Monte Kiffin head the list, but neither wants a head coaching spot.

I agree, but I think both are better served as assistants. If you want to run a Cover 2, Monte's your man, not Rivera. Make him your DC and put a young motivator at HC (Tomlin would be perfect IMO).

D-Unit
07-19-2007, 09:32 PM
Mike Singletary, 100%

PACKmanN
07-19-2007, 09:32 PM
Jim Bates(10/)

Mr. Stiller
07-19-2007, 10:26 PM
John Mitchell
Keith Butler

These are Pittsburghs DL and LB coach respectively. They have been doing nothing short of amazing in pittsburgh. Mitchell is now an Assistant Coach and frankly with the Dominant DL/LB core we've had in just the past 10-15 years is any indication of their coaching talent, I think they'd be great guys.

Hawk
07-19-2007, 10:40 PM
Mike Sherman

throwback54milkman
07-19-2007, 11:15 PM
Brian Schottenheimer will get his shot in no time unfortunately for us Jets fans.

Don Vito
07-19-2007, 11:23 PM
He may be an OL coach, but the Pats Dante Scarnecchia really knows what he is doing. I think he could definitely lead a team.

OzTitan
07-20-2007, 02:01 AM
I think Norm Chow's career is the perfect example of doing your niche job too well and not getting promoted for it. He is excellent with young QB's and offenses, and so far, that's all teams both college and NFL have really wanted him for. He may be a great HC, but he's viewed as a specialist. I think soon though he will be given his chance.

jkb528
07-20-2007, 03:50 AM
Bobby April, Buffalo's Special Teams Coordinator.

Caddy
07-20-2007, 04:07 AM
I agree, but I think both are better served as assistants. If you want to run a Cover 2, Monte's your man, not Rivera. Make him your DC and put a young motivator at HC (Tomlin would be perfect IMO).

Kiffin at DC and a young motivator as head coach. Sounds kind of like our current situation.

DeathbyStat
07-20-2007, 09:21 AM
Rex Ryan and Mike Singletary

diabsoule
07-20-2007, 05:02 PM
Brian Schottenheimer - NY Jets OC
Mike Trgovac - Carolina Panthers DC
Ron Rivera - San Diego Chargers LB Coach
Norm Chow - Tennessee Titans OC
Mike Sherman - Houston Texans Assistant HC/OC
Rex Ryan - Baltimore Ravens DC
Rob Ryan - Oakland Raiders DC
Mike Martz - Detroit Lions OC
Jim Bates - Denver Broncos DC
Bob Bratkowski - Cincinnati Bengals OC
Mike Singletary - San Francisco 49ers LB Coach
Russ Grimm - Arizona Cardinals
Jason Garrett - Dallas Cowboys OC
Tony Sparano - Dallas Cowboys Assistant Head Coach
Mike Smith - Jacksonville Jaguars DC

SFbear
07-20-2007, 05:11 PM
Ron Rivera: San Diego's Linebackers Coach

I personally blame Ron Rivera for the Bear's losing the superbowl. I really do. I felt that the weather was a gift from the football gods and he didnt take advantage of it. When it was pouring the way it was, why wasn't he aggressive? Why didn't he blitz Peyton? Instead he essentially had his guys play prevent the whole game, and made Peyton's life easy by allowing him to check down all game. The deepball wasn't there, the weather wouldn't allow it. There was no need to put so much emphasis on defending it. To me, the Bears couldve won that Superbowl if Rivera didn't call a horrible game.

However, (even though i just ripped him), this is the man to get if you want to run a Tampa 2 defense. He's a military man, he garners respect from his guys, good motivator, and he's one of the better Cover 2 minds out there. If youre going Cover 2, Ron Rivera is your man.



I was also miffed at Rivera's game plan for the Carolina playoff game in 2005. He refused to give any extra attention to Steve Smith and after the game put all the blame on the players for not executing. A possible factor in his poor game plans for these games is that the last couple of years Rivera has been whoring himself out to any organization willing to interview him for a HC job at the end of the year usually right before the big games in question. Its possible his ambition for a head spot distracted him from his responsibilities and that this wouldn't be a problem if he were to finally land that coveted HC gig. You also have to figure with all the interviews this guy has been on, why hasn't he landed anything yet.

I disagree that Rivera is a Tampa 2 guru. He was a Buddy Ryan disciple originally and although has probably recieved some expert tutelage from Lovie over the past three years, I doubt he's on the same level as a Monte Kiffin. It will be interesting to see what kind of scheme Rivera ultimately implements when he gets his own team to mold, considering he will have 3-4 zone blitz, Tampa 2, and 46 defensive experience to draw from.

Go_Eagles77
07-20-2007, 05:24 PM
He probably will never be because he's too old but Jim Johnson is no doubt good enough to be a HC.

broncs2bowl
07-20-2007, 05:33 PM
Jim Bates....

PalmerToCJ
07-20-2007, 06:04 PM
I already somewhat mentioned it but a few years down the road Hue Jacksons name will start popping up for HC jobs.

He's a young motivator who really relates with the players and knows how to control them, he'll make a great HC. I wish we would've fired Bratkowski so he could be our new OC.

Seasonticketholder
07-20-2007, 06:07 PM
Doug Marrone, OL coach of New Orleans. Keep a look out also for Pete Carmichael (QB coach) and Gary Gibbs (DC). If the Saints offense stays on track and has another big year or two, I can see Carmichael getting attention as a young, offensive mind. He has worked with San Diego and this past year, he was offered a position as OC for Miami Dolphins but turned it down. Gibbs was interviewed by two teams seeking a head coach, so I can imagine he will continue to be on the radar. Marrone is just a really solid OL coach and a guy with a proven track record. When he was with the New York Jets, they had some of the best lines that paved the way for Curtis Martin to put up some huge numbers.

ATLDirtyBirds
07-20-2007, 06:08 PM
Mike Singletary, 100%



Yes sir. Singletary and Jackson would probaly be my picks to lead a team.

ShutDwn
07-20-2007, 06:18 PM
Mike Trgovac gets no love for having a top ranked defense in 03, 05 and 06.

He would make an awful head coach. The defense is good, but not what it should be.

KCJ58
07-20-2007, 06:19 PM
http://www.sf49ers.com/nm_files/Image/Mug%20Shots/singletarymug.jpg

Splat
07-20-2007, 08:13 PM
Pepper Johnson

Patriots DL coach..coached LBs aswell

Thats my Madded HC.:cool:

Shiver
07-20-2007, 08:22 PM
Jim Caldwell from the Colts.

BlindSite
07-20-2007, 08:28 PM
http://www.sf49ers.com/nm_files/Image/Mug%20Shots/singletarymug.jpg

Singletary has said publicly he just wants his LBers.

Dam8610
07-20-2007, 08:43 PM
I personally blame Ron Rivera for the Bear's losing the superbowl. I really do. I felt that the weather was a gift from the football gods and he didnt take advantage of it. When it was pouring the way it was, why wasn't he aggressive? Why didn't he blitz Peyton? Instead he essentially had his guys play prevent the whole game, and made Peyton's life easy by allowing him to check down all game. The deepball wasn't there, the weather wouldn't allow it. There was no need to put so much emphasis on defending it. To me, the Bears couldve won that Superbowl if Rivera didn't call a horrible game.


However, (even though i just ripped him), this is the man to get if you want to run a Tampa 2 defense. He's a military man, he garners respect from his guys, good motivator, and he's one of the better Cover 2 minds out there. If youre going Cover 2, Ron Rivera is your man.

Wow, this couldn't be more flawed. Where to begin....well, for starters, the Bears were agressive early on, and it was paying dividends...until Danieal Manning blew his coverage and Reggie Wayne streaked upfield wide open and was hit by Peyton Manning for a 53 yard TD pass (the deep ball you claim "wasn't there"). After that, the Bears decided to back off into a Cover 2 shell and force the Colts to make long drives downfield, hoping to force a mistake somewhere along the way. Basically, they showed they were afraid to get burnt by Peyton Manning yet again after he did it once, so they decided to make the running/short passing game of the Colts beat them, which it did. Now, onto Rivera being the "perfect Tampa 2 man". This couldn't be further from the truth. Rivera came from the Buddy Ryan and Jim Johnson school of defense, and basically had the Tampa 2 scheme shoved down his throat by Lovie Smith. Rivera's influence is what made the Bears' Tampa 2 defense a unique one from most other Tampa 2 schemes in the league, especially in his usage of Brian Urlacher. If Rivera had his way, the Bears' defense would've resembled the Eagles' defense moreso than the Bucs' defense.

MasterShake
07-20-2007, 09:20 PM
Singletary has said publicly he just wants his LBers.

I'm not sure if or when he said this....

But the last few years he has been interviewed for several HC jobs and is actively seeking one.

bearsfan_51
07-20-2007, 11:47 PM
Are we talking about anyone? Because it still amazes me that Jeff Tedford hasn't gotten an NFL job yet. Bobby Petrino is a good offensive mind but puhleaze. Steve Mariucci got a job for doing a whole lot less at Cal than what Tedford has done.

BigDawg819
07-21-2007, 02:13 AM
Wow, this couldn't be more flawed. Where to begin....well, for starters, the Bears were agressive early on, and it was paying dividends...until Danieal Manning blew his coverage and Reggie Wayne streaked upfield wide open and was hit by Peyton Manning for a 53 yard TD pass (the deep ball you claim "wasn't there"). After that, the Bears decided to back off into a Cover 2 shell and force the Colts to make long drives downfield, hoping to force a mistake somewhere along the way. Basically, they showed they were afraid to get burnt by Peyton Manning yet again after he did it once, so they decided to make the running/short passing game of the Colts beat them, which it did. Now, onto Rivera being the "perfect Tampa 2 man". This couldn't be further from the truth. Rivera came from the Buddy Ryan and Jim Johnson school of defense, and basically had the Tampa 2 scheme shoved down his throat by Lovie Smith. Rivera's influence is what made the Bears' Tampa 2 defense a unique one from most other Tampa 2 schemes in the league, especially in his usage of Brian Urlacher. If Rivera had his way, the Bears' defense would've resembled the Eagles' defense moreso than the Bucs' defense.

Deny it all you want, the deep ball wasn't there. A blown assignment by Manning, as you said, allowed an opportunity that Peyton exploited and changed the Bears whole defensive philosophy. In other words if Daniel doesn't blow that coverage, Peyton may still be this generations Dan Marino.



As for Head Coaches for the future, I agree with the Rob Ryan assessment from BBD but still think Rex will get the nod eventhough it pains me to say so. Rex needs to stay put as our DC and just be happy!

bigbluedefense
07-21-2007, 01:34 PM
Wow, this couldn't be more flawed. Where to begin....well, for starters, the Bears were agressive early on, and it was paying dividends...until Danieal Manning blew his coverage and Reggie Wayne streaked upfield wide open and was hit by Peyton Manning for a 53 yard TD pass (the deep ball you claim "wasn't there"). After that, the Bears decided to back off into a Cover 2 shell and force the Colts to make long drives downfield, hoping to force a mistake somewhere along the way. Basically, they showed they were afraid to get burnt by Peyton Manning yet again after he did it once, so they decided to make the running/short passing game of the Colts beat them, which it did. Now, onto Rivera being the "perfect Tampa 2 man". This couldn't be further from the truth. Rivera came from the Buddy Ryan and Jim Johnson school of defense, and basically had the Tampa 2 scheme shoved down his throat by Lovie Smith. Rivera's influence is what made the Bears' Tampa 2 defense a unique one from most other Tampa 2 schemes in the league, especially in his usage of Brian Urlacher. If Rivera had his way, the Bears' defense would've resembled the Eagles' defense moreso than the Bucs' defense.

The only reason why that one particular deepball was there was because Manning blew his assignment. You can't change your whole gameplan because of one botched play. That was a mistake on his part. And go back and look at the ball thrown by Peyton. It was a floater that was inaccurate. The only reason why thats a TD is because he was SO wide open. The deep ball wasn't there, Rivera shouldve noticed that and kept staying aggressive. By forcing Peyton to check down, he actually made his life easier. The harder thing for Peyton to do under those circumstances is to throw the ball downfield with pressure in his face. Thats what Rivera shouldve forced him to do all game.

As for Rivera's background, he's stated that he would implement a Cover 2 defense to whichever team he goes to. What makes him a good HC is his background. While I hate the Tampa 2, I do like Chicago's version of it moreso than the other versions, because they run alot of man coverages and blitzes compared to other Tampa 2 variations. Im still not a big fan of it, but if I do like his variation of the scheme better than Dungy's for example.

And his implementation of techniques he's learned such as the absolute blitz technique and zone blitz packages would only make his scheme better. I have no problem with it.

I think he'd make a better HC than a DC honestly.

bigbluedefense
07-21-2007, 01:37 PM
It will be an absolute crime if Russ Grimm doesn't get a HC job this upcoming year.

As for Trovac (however you spell it), I don't think he should. If his defense is as good as some will lead you to believe, then he's actually underachieved as a DC because they have not lived up to expectations. Also, its tough to know for sure what youre getting out of him, because the defense is essentially in the mold of John Fox's scheme. I guess you can determine his worth based on playcalling, but I haven't payed enough attention to him in that regards to make an accurate assessment.

Dam8610
07-22-2007, 12:21 AM
The only reason why that one particular deepball was there was because Manning blew his assignment. You can't change your whole gameplan because of one botched play. That was a mistake on his part. And go back and look at the ball thrown by Peyton. It was a floater that was inaccurate. The only reason why thats a TD is because he was SO wide open. The deep ball wasn't there, Rivera shouldve noticed that and kept staying aggressive. By forcing Peyton to check down, he actually made his life easier. The harder thing for Peyton to do under those circumstances is to throw the ball downfield with pressure in his face. Thats what Rivera shouldve forced him to do all game.

Obviously the Bears didn't trust their safeties enough after that to continue with the pressure. Another blown coverage like that (which could've easily happened with young safeties such as Manning and Harris, neither of which has played more than 2 years in the NFL) would've likely led to another TD, so the Bears (probably Lovie's call to switch) decided that instead of gambling on their safeties, they would gamble on their front 7 and the weather to force the Colts into mistakes (which they actually did), and contain the Colts' offense as much as possible (the Colts' offense scored 16 points the rest of the way on a TD and 3 FGs).

As for Rivera's background, he's stated that he would implement a Cover 2 defense to whichever team he goes to. What makes him a good HC is his background. While I hate the Tampa 2, I do like Chicago's version of it moreso than the other versions, because they run alot of man coverages and blitzes compared to other Tampa 2 variations. Im still not a big fan of it, but if I do like his variation of the scheme better than Dungy's for example.

And his implementation of techniques he's learned such as the absolute blitz technique and zone blitz packages would only make his scheme better. I have no problem with it.

Where have you heard this? I live near Chicago and they did about 5 interviews with Ron Rivera in the month after the Super Bowl on local sports talk radio, and whenever questions like that were brought up, he never talked about how he would implement a Tampa 2 as a head coach, and he always seemed to talk about his time under Jim Johnson as having a great influence on him. To me, that saidthat his defense would most likely resemble a Jim Johnson defense (obviously with his own little tweaks and variations) if given the oppurtunity as a Head Coach somewhere.

awfullyquiet
07-22-2007, 09:26 AM
wow.
Few things.
One. Norm Chow.
I still haven't figured out WHY he hasn't gotten an HC position yet. The giants may be pretty good with him at the helm. because honestly.

Two.
Ron Rivera is 1/2 to blame for the Superbowl And 2005 vs Carolina losses.
Cover 3 was not the way to contain steve smith.
Deep Cover 2 was not the way to contain wayne, harrison and manning.
They played ultra-conservative, didn't prepare, and looked exactly the same as they did against a superior team. They were overmatched statistically. But in both games, they let bad coaching dictate the outcome of the game. Because from a purely game-wise standpoint, both games could have gone the either way.

And lastly
one play can change a whole gameplan. if one play causes you to lose faith in a particular element of your team. you will gameplan around your handicap at that exact moment to prevent further weakness.

bigbluedefense
07-22-2007, 05:51 PM
Obviously the Bears didn't trust their safeties enough after that to continue with the pressure. Another blown coverage like that (which could've easily happened with young safeties such as Manning and Harris, neither of which has played more than 2 years in the NFL) would've likely led to another TD, so the Bears (probably Lovie's call to switch) decided that instead of gambling on their safeties, they would gamble on their front 7 and the weather to force the Colts into mistakes (which they actually did), and contain the Colts' offense as much as possible (the Colts' offense scored 16 points the rest of the way on a TD and 3 FGs).

The scoreboard wasn't reflective of how the game was played. By allowing Peyton to check down, yes, they might have reduced the possible # of points by forcing field goals, but they also allowed him to run the clock, and wear out their defense. It shouldve been the other way around. They shouldve dictated the tempo with their run game, instead they allowed Peyton to dictate the game. That was a mistake. And also, Peyton has a history of not playing well when being blitzed. That weather was the perfect oppurtunity to blitz him and with less risk. Like I said, yes, it led to one blown play, but I feel that it was a mistake to abandon the philosophy just because of one play. My belief is that they shouldve continued to force Peyton to make the difficult throw all game rather than give him the option of checking down. Maybe it was Lovie's call, we don't know. But whoever made that call, made a mistake in my opinion.



Where have you heard this? I live near Chicago and they did about 5 interviews with Ron Rivera in the month after the Super Bowl on local sports talk radio, and whenever questions like that were brought up, he never talked about how he would implement a Tampa 2 as a head coach, and he always seemed to talk about his time under Jim Johnson as having a great influence on him. To me, that saidthat his defense would most likely resemble a Jim Johnson defense (obviously with his own little tweaks and variations) if given the oppurtunity as a Head Coach somewhere.

To be honest, I can't look up the exact link or anything, but I do recall some credible Bear posters on this forum saying that he said he would run Cover 2. Shoot, if he doesn't run a pure Cover 2, I actually wouldn't be opposed to seeing him as the next Giants HC. Thats the one thing that scares him away for me personally. I don't want to see the Cover 2 in New York.

Iamcanadian
07-23-2007, 08:16 AM
I think Norm Chow's career is the perfect example of doing your niche job too well and not getting promoted for it. He is excellent with young QB's and offenses, and so far, that's all teams both college and NFL have really wanted him for. He may be a great HC, but he's viewed as a specialist. I think soon though he will be given his chance.

I think racism will play a part in his career. There are a lot of owners who simply won't give him a chance.

Iamcanadian
07-23-2007, 08:21 AM
I think the ranks of assistants has been plundered quite a bit the last 2 years and I don't see too many coordinators who are ready for the next step. I think the #1 coordinator who will get another shot is Martz. The players love playing for him, he's been a real winner in this league, he is a decent drafter and know how to develope players. His health drove him out of HCing but he's healthy again and any team that wants to be a contender should look seriously at hiring him.