Posted on October 11, 2019
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
As just about every football fan knows, Jay Gruden was fired by the Washington Redskins last week. In his five years with the team, they went 35-50-1, so you could say his record was less than ideal. It seemed pretty clear he knew he would be relieved of duties any day after going 0-5, but we don’t think anyone expected him to be called to training facilities at 5am Monday morning to be let go. At least let the guy sleep in a bit before handing him his pink slip.
So who’s next on the chopping block? Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn’s name is the first one that comes to mind. Following their embarrassing loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI (who blows a 28-3 lead?!), the team almost made it to another NFC Championship in 2017, but ultimately lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. As for last season? Talk about a mess. They went 7-9 and no matter what they did, they just couldn’t get it together. But this year, Quinn took over defensive play-calling duties and reworked the offensive line with some fresh blood, so they should have a good season this year. Except, they aren’t. They’re currently ranked 30th on third down conversions and 31st in points per game. Thinks aren’t looking good, Quinn. He’s not the only one on the chopping block, though. Brian Flores (Miami Dolphins) and Zac Taylor (Cincinnati Bengals) may be in the first season as head coach for their respective teams, but they are also leading their teams to winless seasons, just like Jay Gruden. And there’s the Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, who have talent this year and are actually 2nd in the AFC North, and have had 7 coaches in the last 10 years. Maybe they just REALLY like hunting for new coaching candidates?
Firing coaches is never a fun thing for teams to do. Sure, as fans, you typically get to find a little too much enjoyment out of seeing someone get kicked to the curb, but that’s going to be different in the Fan Controlled Football League. In the FCFL, when your team fires a coach, it’s up to YOU to find a new one. You’re the ones running the team, remember? It’s because of that, that we think the fans will be a little more hesitant to get rid of their offensive and/or defensive coordinators. We’re sure one team in the league will get a little trigger happy with all that power and make a major decision like that, but for the most part, we think the fans will ride the season out and focus on finding a new coach prior to the start of season two.