By Dr. Bruce Banner
So Hulk watch another disappointing loss and Hulk not even get angry. Hulk just sit there and think what can Hulk write about this week? Another poor job by offensive line. Another poor job of watching defense let opposing team convert 3rd and long after and 3rd and long. Another piece about whether Tannehill is good or bad? Hulk say enough of all this. Hulk want to start looking to the future so Hulk write about 5 possible head coaching candidates and whether or not they good fit for this failing team.
So before Hulk think about head coaches for next year Hulk think what criteria or credentials should the coaching candidates have before team consider hiring them. This is what Hulk think: Whoever the next head coach is must be somebody that has track record of working and developing young QBs. Hulk say regardless of whether or not you believe Tannehill is the quarterback of the future or if the Phins should draft a guy like Lynch, Goff or Cook we are going to need someone who can work with and develop a young quarterback. However, whoever the next head coach is must also be somebody that has skill and knowledge in building a defense. I know this sound like polar opposite but when you look at team there will be almost complete rebuild of defense. On the line Vernon is likely gone. Wake is aging and coming back from major injury. There needs to be a serious infusion of talent at linebacker and we only have one defense back that is any good. With this in mind Hulk look at some names being mentioned for head coach.
Hue Jackson: He has an excellent track record with quarterbacks. He salvaged Carson Palmer’s career when he traded for him as head coach of the Raiders. He now turn around career of Andy Dalton who after last season many Bengal fans were ready to run out of town. Dalton have fine year and now Bengal fans be worried that he no be healthy for playoffs. Oh, the irony. Yes, Hulk like irony. However, there are drawbacks. Jackson have no real defensive experience. He will have to rely on a good defensive coordinator hire. He had only 1 year of head coaching experience with Raiders and did alright taking the team to an 8-8 finish and then was summarily fired by old Al Davis who may or may not have been dead by that time.
Darrell Bevell: He too has done excellent job in developing a young quarterback in Russell Wilson. He has taken Wilson from game manager to game breaker. You can see his development this year given all the injuries to Seahawk running backs. Wilson is now focus of offense and he now on fire as team heads into playoffs. Hulk like being on fire. Bevell also know how to run ball, especially with power back. He would be good fit with Ajayai. But there are drawbacks with Bevell as well. He would be 1st time head coach and there will be a learning curve. He too no really have any experience in running a defense except for seeing a good one every day in practice. Also there was horrible play call at end of Superbowl. How much that have Bevell’s fingerprints on it Hulk no know but it smacks of a Lazor play call being too cute when no have to be.
Chuck Pagano: He likely not back as Colts head coach. He has developed young quarterback in Andrew Luck and made Colts instant playoff team. He also is former defensive coordinator and certainly no stranger to building a defense. So what not to like? Well there is fact that he no get along with dysfunctional owner and front office. Many accuse Miami having dysfunctional owner and front office. Not sure Pagano will be good fit with current front office structure. Also, Pagano’s Colts have struggled mightily against Pats, especially in playoffs.
Mike Smith: He too like Pagano has developed a young quarterback who has turned franchise into instant playoff team. He too like Pagano was a former defensive coordinator and no stranger to building a defense. So again what not to like? Well there is Smith’s playoff record which is full of one and dones in the playoffs. He also went from a head coach who built a balance offense to a head coach who came to rely too heavily on passing game by end of his tenure in Atlanta. Also for being such a good defense mind he never really turned Falcons into good defense team. Falcons won because of offense with defense being constant problem.
Josh McDaniels: He is considered offensive guru. He coach under the almighty Bill Billecheat. He coach Tom Brady. He has coached a team to playoffs including beating good Steelers team in playoffs. He is supposedly on everyone’s short list for head coaching candidates and will be able to pick and choose where he want to go. So what not to like? Well for such an offensive guru he invested a 1st round draft choice in some guy named Tebow. This make Hulk think he no know his backside from his elbow about quarterbacks. He also have stink of Patriots on him. He too like Pagano had stormy relationship with front office and owner and may not be good fit for current structure of Miami front office.
Hulk know there are and will be other names for head coaching candidates such as Sean Payton and John Harbaugh. Hulk did not consider them as Hulk think they unlikely to be Phin’s coach next year. But Hulk sure there are many other names out there that are likely to be considered but Hulk think the 5 listed above are the most likely candidates. What you guys think?
Post Script (Yes Hulk know fancy literary term): Breaking news from Philadelphia; Hulk now know what would make him angry – Hiring this guy: