It's ok to say "I don't know".
- Sep 11, 2006
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- Louisville, KY
The sunburned savant hunched over the lectern, fielding pointed questions from reporters after a loss that peeled away a little more of his Mastermind mystique.
Those reporters mostly needed to know why Washington's red-faced leader, Mike Shanahan, would switch starting quarterbacks just a day before the Redskins fell 20-9 to the Dolphins - even though the deeper issue was why a once-proud NFL franchise would be forced into choosing between Rex Grossman and John Beck.
The commentary makes good points. The NFL isn't like college. NFL success depends as much on the rest of the front office and how well the franchise is run as much as good coaching. For those Cowher and Gruden fans, the odds are against them winning another Superbowl. Could Cowher have won a Superbowl if he was the coach of the Seahawks, Lions, or Jets instead of the Steelers? Could Gruden have won that Superbowl if Dungy hadn't put that defense together for him before he was canned? Those are legitmate questions.
Personally I will be disappointed if they hire either, at least without a valid and complete coaching search. If the interview a good list (including some up and coming hungry coaches) and still decide that Cowher or Gruden are best then so be it. I won't be happy, but I'll accept it.