Post by Kevin Brill
Martz is one guy that I can't believe is still around...he's got a
serious case of Barry Switzer (winning with someone else's team and then
doing nothing but look silly afterwards). Of course, one could make the
argument that Gruden's got the same bug (and no, I don't want to start
that thread back up...).
Well, it's been said that winning the Super Bowl gives coaches three years
Post by Kevin Brill
What gets me is why Dennis Erickson has, and keeps getting jobs, and how
much longer can Holgrem have?
Erickson is just one of those coaches who does really well in college
(Miami, Oregon) and lousy in the NFL (Seahawks, 49'ers). Others include
Butch Davis, Steve Spurrier, and Pete Carroll - who was miserable with the
Jets and Patriots, but is racking up titles at SoCal.
Being in Seattle, it's interesting to compare the Bucs and Seahawks.
Holmgren is thought of as a great coach, but two years ago, it was seriously
discussed that it wasn't working out as Grand Pooba of the entire franchise.
He gave up the GM title and has moderate success since. Expectations were
high this year, but lousy defense and injuries hurt badly.
Holmgren is as good - if not better - a offensive coach as Gruden, which
stands to reason given that Gruden learned under Holmgren at Green Bay and
SF. However, Holmgren doesn't have Monte Kiffen and the Tampa Two defense.
He does have Ray Rhodes though, and the defense is improving, but not
quickly enough and without playmakers.
It's amazing to watch the Bucs play the early game (10am here) and then the
Seahawks in the late game and compare the defenses. The Bucs are fast and
tackle really well. Then again, on offense, the Seahawks can stretch a
defensive like I haven't seen the Bucs do - ever.
The rumor is that if Holmgren lays a egg on Saturday and loses badly, he'll
be fired, or quit to pursue the 49'ers. I think the 49'ers would love to
have Holmgren back, at the very least reminding the season ticket holders of
the days when Holmgren coached Joe Montana under Bill Walsh.
Personally, I think Holmgren should stick around in Seattle. Currently, the
Seahawks are a well run franchise, with an owner who is hands off, but deep
pockets - Paul Allen. Regards of what John York says, I think he's ruined
the 49'ers and Holmgren would be foolish to try to rebuild there.