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December 12, 2011, 03:57 PM
Last year, the Cowboys and Vikings made coaching changes during the season. This year, Jacksonville, KC and Miami have made H/C changes as of today. This seems to be the new thing to do now.

I'd like to see Tony Sparano come back to the Cowboys in the same position he was in before. Maybe even Todd Haley. Would this help the Cowboys, even this late in the year?

Thoughts on this?
December 12, 2011  03:58 PM ET

Well, let me clarify this............Jacksonville started this a few days ago, but the other two fired theirs today.

December 12, 2011  04:00 PM ET

Coaching changes this late in the year are usually counter productive.

December 12, 2011  04:16 PM ET

Usually maybe, but not necessarily. I think the teams are looking at getting a jump on hiring someone else that's available before someone else beats them to it. It could be they hire someone on their own staff, much like the Vikings and Cowboys did last year. It was a given what the Cowboys were going to do anyway, and when the 'Boys started winning with Garrett, the Vikings took notice and went with Frazier, even tho his success isn't as good as Garrett's has been.

December 12, 2011  04:20 PM ET
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Usually maybe, but not necessarily. I think the teams are looking at getting a jump on hiring someone else that's available before someone else beats them to it. It could be they hire someone on their own staff, much like the Vikings and Cowboys did last year. It was a given what the Cowboys were going to do anyway, and when the 'Boys started winning with Garrett, the Vikings took notice and went with Frazier, even tho his success isn't as good as Garrett's has been.

Hiring Rob Ryan was a mistake.

December 12, 2011  04:29 PM ET
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Hiring Rob Ryan was a mistake.

Not necessarily. If he can get a few more people that won't lay down, he may work. Another year and we should know, if he gets some new parts for his side.

December 12, 2011  04:31 PM ET
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Not necessarily. If he can get a few more people that won't lay down, he may work. Another year and we should know, if he gets some new parts for his side.

That old geezer should get a haircut and look the part of a coach. He stinks!

December 12, 2011  04:32 PM ET
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Hiring Rob Ryan was a mistake.

Only because if the lockout. Ryan is known for very complex defensive schemes. Most teams have one playbook, he's got three. With no off season preparation, the defense was destined to fail until they learned his system.

December 12, 2011  04:48 PM ET
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That old geezer should get a haircut and look the part of a coach. He stinks!

I agree, but I don't judge people based on their looks, or color of their skin. Give him another year to implement his system, and then we'll see if he's any good or not. This short circuited off season wasn't good for anyone new to any team.

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December 12, 2011  05:13 PM ET
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Didn't the Chiefs have some major injuries and IRs earlier this year? Not saying they would have been spectacular without them, but if that's the case wasn't this a not-so-fair evaluation of Haley and the team?Anybody know? The injured players in question could have even come back to the team recently unbeknownst to me - I don't follow the team so that's entirely possible.

That's a really good point. They lost their RB Jamaal Charles and their TE Moeaki for the entire year before the season even started.

December 12, 2011  05:27 PM ET
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Didn't the Chiefs have some major injuries and IRs earlier this year? Not saying they would have been spectacular without them, but if that's the case wasn't this a not-so-fair evaluation of Haley and the team?Anybody know? The injured players in question could have even come back to the team recently unbeknownst to me - I don't follow the team so that's entirely possible.

All I know is Haley was fired. I don't follow them either, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.............hahaha.......just kidding. Couldn't resist that.

They don't televise them here much, but I do know Haley had problems when he was with the Cowboys......especially with one Terrell Owens...........but, then again, that's understandable.

December 12, 2011  06:29 PM ET

Bump

December 12, 2011  06:29 PM ET

My good buddy is a Cowboys fan...has been for 30+ years. I asked him the other day if he could pick either Ryan or Garrett to be head coach, he picked Ryan. I then asked if the defense has improved with Ryan and he felt it has...still has work to do, but he is confident in Ryan it sounds.
Is he just being a Homer, or is Ryan making the best out of a short season and a patchwork secondary?

December 12, 2011  06:39 PM ET
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My good buddy is a Cowboys fan...has been for 30+ years. I asked him the other day if he could pick either Ryan or Garrett to be head coach, he picked Ryan. I then asked if the defense has improved with Ryan and he felt it has...still has work to do, but he is confident in Ryan it sounds.Is he just being a Homer, or is Ryan making the best out of a short season and a patchwork secondary?

I think, with this shortened off season and training camp, Ryan didn't get a fair shake to implement his system. With that being said, there's NO excuse for the players to play like they did last night. They damn sure should have, and could have, stopped the Giants.

There is no excuse for allowing 2 TD's in less than 6 minutes. If they continue playing like this the rest of the year, I look for maybe one more win, and that's TB, and that's not a given either.

People keep saying Romo is at fault, and that's just a lame excuse. He gets them in position to win, and if the defense can't stop them, or the O line allows someone to block a potential game winning FG, that's not on Romo.

December 12, 2011  06:44 PM ET

Might as well wait to post when the spammers quit their BS. Sorry ****!

December 12, 2011  06:47 PM ET

And yet Jim Caldwell is still employed... for now.

Maybe he has the Peyton Manning seal of approval to finish the season.

December 12, 2011  06:58 PM ET
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I think, with this shortened off season and training camp, Ryan didn't get a fair shake to implement his system. With that being said, there's NO excuse for the players to play like they did last night. They damn sure should have, and could have, stopped the Giants. There is no excuse for allowing 2 TD's in less than 6 minutes. If they continue playing like this the rest of the year, I look for maybe one more win, and that's TB, and that's not a given either.People keep saying Romo is at fault, and that's just a lame excuse. He gets them in position to win, and if the defense can't stop them, or the O line allows someone to block a potential game winning FG, that's not on Romo.

Good points,
I said going into that game last night the Giants would spread them out, and they did. WR Hakeem Nicks is very good, and a tall order for any DB. Romo gets the heat all the time you know that. he basically has to go out and play defense too to make the pundits happy.

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