What’s up, fellas? It’s Bill from the Free Ballin’ Football Podcast. We got a great pod for you today. We run down Week 13 recaps and Week 14 previews (a GREAT slate, btw). We do a deep dive segment on who is on the coaching chopping block and wrap up with some gambling picks.
A lot of our coach segment revolves around the trajectory of the franchises. There is something to be said for organizational stability year in and year out and firing a coach is at times a difficult decision. It’s why guys like Marvin Lewis, Sean Payton and Jeff Fisher (puke!) have remained in place for so long even as their teams have stagnated or had trouble once they get to the post-season. When teams fire coaches seemingly every other year, it scares away free agents and assistant coaches, as well as makes head coaching candidates weary when evaluating their opportunities.
Doug Pederson comes up as a point of conversation as a coach potentially on the chopping block. As a reasonable-ish Eagles fan, I think this is preposterous. However, if you tune into Philly sports radio, you’ll hear dozens of mouth breathers calling for his head. This is a short-sighted view and thankfully, for all his faults as an owner, something Jeff Lurie doesn’t subscribe to as he continues his “gold standard.” If the Eagles or, say, the Bears, fire their coach this year, they enter the realm of coach churning and that’s bad for business, especially when both teams have essentially an unknown quantity when it comes to how their coach fits in with the team. You have to give guys a few years to make their mark and see if it is working out.
One guy that should be gone is Sean Payton but the Saints seem destined to let him play out the string with Brees. We make a lot of jokes on the podcast about Jeff Fisher, but recent history shows Payton engaging in his own 7-9 bullshit. They’ll likely finish under .500 for the 3rd year in a row and it is insanely clear that this team is stagnant and in desperate need for a refresh. They won’t get one, but Saints fans still seem okay with their one Super Bowl… so at least they got that… and lots of gumbo… always the gumbo.
Enjoy the podcast, let us know what you think in the comments.
Oh yea, and FUCK Jeff Fisher!
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