by Joseph Mattern - 01/06/2006
Check out the NFL Props at Bodog, and you'll see at the top this line: "Who will be the Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers for the first game in 2006-2007 Season?"
It then lists Steve Mariucci, Mike Tice, Mike Martz, Barry Alvarez, Dom Capers, Jim Haslett, and "any other" (ie. "the field").
Let's see if we can narrow this down a little.
First, let's take Tice and Haslett off the board immediately. These guys should receive a lifetime ban from NFL head coaching for the way they've underachieved. Neither should be the Packers new head coach. Add Norv Turner to that list as well. It's just unbelievable to me that any team, let alone the vaunted GREEN BAY PACKERS, would be so desperate as to hire one of these guys after their pitiful recent coaching stints.
Next, lets scratch Mike Martz and Barry Alvarez off the list. Alvarez was a good college coach who went out with a bang in an upset bowl victory. Let's remember him that way. The NFL is a big step up from college, not just for athletes, but also for head coaches. Just ask Steve Spurrier. Martz inherited a Super Bowl team and made it mediocre with odd play calling, ridiculous challenges and bad clock management. He may be an offensive genius, but he's not cut out to be a head coach.
Dom Capers is a good coach who couldn't win because of personnel deficiencies, most notably at offensive line. He deserves another chance, but maybe he should take a break from head coaching and be a defensive coordinator first. Also, Green Bay has a number of deficiencies of their own, so it's not like he'd be going into a great situation there anyway.
Mariucci is an interesting possibility given his ties to Green Bay and to Favre, but then again Favre might not be back. They say you can always go home again, but Mooch proved that saying false with his failed stint in Detroit. If he couldn't field a contender with the talent he had there, how's he going to do it with much less talent in Green Bay?
"Any Other" is an interesting choice because it could mean so many things. It might even be me or you, who knows? Anyone can lose a bunch of games with that team. The truth is, the Packers should've held on to Mike Sherman because whoever they pick to replace him probably won't be as good a coach.
Maybe I'll just stick with the Super Bowl coin flip prop.
Bet on the Packers new head coach at Bodog.
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