If John Harbaugh is on the hot seat, one would have to consider who his replacement would be.
Oh boy lol. Here we go...
Do it, Ex. Start that new thread :D
But no Silver's probably right, I'm just defending the shield... No way any of those statements solidly rebut your ill thought out and logically inconsistent point.
Ya know, except all those times I agreed that Harbs should have fired Cam, or that we over paid for Anquan, or that constantly moving Oher back and forth was hurting his development, or any number of other times when I have criticized the team. I guess because I'm not a bitter dick who demands everyone get fired twice a week or who posts pictures of the coach I'm supposed to be rooting for saying that he sucks, I must be living in a world of sunshine and unicorn shit huh?
Fucks sake. We are a massively successful franchise. No one has the made the playoffs more than us since John took over. But I should be pissed about that because bad luck ended our runs early? No, I'm encouraged by that because it shows that we don't suffer from the playoff loss hangovers that Billick always did. I think Harbs is destined to win it all for us because he keeps putting us in position to do so.
Someone must have peed in someones Corn Flakes this morning. Good Lord. :slaphead:
Gruden: .540 winning percentage. Missed the playoffs in 6 of his 11 seasons. Won 1 Superbowl in 11 tries.
Payton: (Sean?) .646 winning percentage. Missed the playoffs 2 of his 6 seasons. Won 1 Superbowl in 6 tries.
Arians: 1 Season as interim head coach. .800 winning percentage in 10 games. Likely to make first playoff appearance. No Superbowl in 0 tries.
Harbs: .688 winning percentage. Missed the playoffs in 0 of his 5 seasons. Won 0 Superbowls in 4 tries.
Not seeing a clear upgrade in that list unless Arians is able to maintain his lightning in a bottle season. But more importantly, for all the talk about how Harbs "should" have a Superbowl by now, that list clearly shows that even the best come up short in the vast majority of seasons. The all time Superbowl winner Chuck Noll got 4 in 24 seasons. That still means he went 6 years without for every season with. This fan obsession with immediate gratification is unrealistic, and it shows a clear lack of understanding of what a ludicrously high bar "Superbowl or bust" is to hold a coach to. By such a standard, Chuck Noll was a a bust 20 times.
You bring to mind a coworker from many years ago who was so dang angry at the Kennedys (I never did quite figure out why) that if whenever they were mentioned in his presence his face would turn purple & smoke would start pouring out of every orifice. We were good friends (dogonlynose how, since he was about 6 megaparsecs starboard of Genghis Khan & I was a borderline Trotskyite) but every once in awhile I'd succumb to the devil on my shoulder & whisper the three fateful syllables of that surname in his ear, step back smartly, & enjoy the pyrotechnics as paint blistered all around me...
Anyhow, it's been a long time since I've seen anyone get wound up so tight off such minuscule input. Thanks!
I am so glad my "I suck" pic got you into such a froth.
Guess it isn't possible to dislike the coach yet like the team? But according to you it is okay to dislike a former offensive coordinator? Glad to know you make the rules on opinions.
My rational has been John is responsible for ALL of Cam's failing and it sounds like the word around town was that someone worth over a 1,000,000,000 thought so to.
And to be fair, I eased up on your idol John Harbaugh for showing some spine finally and am giving him the benefit of the doubt for the moment. So unwind your panties for now, I am sure if he faulters, I will be putting him back in the cross hairs again.
Also, you MAY want to switch to decaf.
You boys figure this out yet?
I'm seeing a lot of bluster back and forth and not very much on topic discussion.
But seriously, there is no way the Raven's dip into finding a new quarterback. Joe is the man, from here on out. Cam being canned is proof. With Cam Cameron gone, Harbaugh now knows that magnifying glass is on him.
I don't care how many times we make the playoffs, unless Harbaugh comes away with some hardware, he is going to be the next Tony Dungy-esque Tampa Bay firing and someone will be brought in to help get the Ravens and Joe Flacco to the Super Bowl.
Flacco's security I would put at 100%
Harbaugh's security 95%, which is high, but I give him 3 more years, then that bloody axe used on Cam will be headed his way.
As for Harbs, while I agree that 8 straight playoff appearances without a ring (which is what he would have at his current rate plus your hypothetical three years) would be approaching the line where you consider upgrades, I'd include the caveat that even the best coaches these days are only on the job for a decade to a decade and a half anyway. At 8 years, Harbs will be nearing the end of the line regardless of his successes or failures.
Billick's firing had more to do with him losing the locker room than his record.
The reality of the matter is that the only "win-loss" factor that REALLY insulates a coach from a hot seat is a recent SB ring. That's it. A coach could go 15-1 for 5 straight years, but if his team consistently bows out of the playoffs in less-than-stellar fashion, particularly if obvious coaching failures play a role, his seat WILL heat up.
Marty Schottenheimer entered San Diego sporting a .620 career winning percentage. He lasted 5 seasons, and his last season was an NFL-best 14-2. He got canned after they bowed out of the playoffs in part due to his egregious coaching failures.
Trust me, I don't care how good Harbaugh's career winning percentage is. If the Ravens back into the playoffs this year and exit with a typical "Bad Ravens"-type of game--players looking ill-prepared, constant misuse of timeouts and challenges, team getting out-schemed and out-adjusted, general "coaching scared" mentality--Harbaugh's seat will be SCORCHING hot. I'm not saying that I would agree or disagree with Harbaugh's dismissal, but reality is what it is.