Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Art of a Coaching Change

There has been a lot of talk about how the Rooney's like stability in the organization and how in the last 38 years, the Steelers have had only 2 head coaches. The Rooney's must know what they are doing when finding a coach. When I heard that Coach Wiz was headed to Arizona, I have to admit, I was pretty bummed out, because I felt that he would be the best candidate to provide that continuity that the Rooney's like. He has been working with Ben for the last 3 years and I figured that it would be important to have that development with teh QB. But once Wiz's hiring was announced, I was ready to accept Russ Grimm as our new coach, again, because of the continuity. I hadn't really given much thought to the other candidates that were interviewed.

Then, the Steelers announced that they were down to a list of three for the position. I figured that this was all part of the process and that Grimm would be announced as the coach soon thereafter. However, after hearing that this may not be the case, I looked into the other 2 candidates. They are both defensive guys and the more I thought about it, I started to think that this could be a good thing. Then I read this article about Tomlin, the Vikings defensive coordinator.

Now I have to admit, I had the Vikings defense on my fantasy team this year, which won the SuperBlogbowl by the way. And for the most part, I was very happy with the way they played. The Vikings overall record may not have been the best this year, but their defense really kept them in it. I feel like the Steelers defensive backs need some work, and that seems to be where Tomlin has some experience. Plus, Tomlin seems to fit a similar profile that Cowher, in that he is around the same age, and a somewhat unknown coordinator.

Maybe the Rooney's do know what they are doing. Even though it may take a while to get a second interview with Rivera of the Bears, it may be worth the wait, because I think we have three good candidates and it will be interesting to see which direction the Rooney's go.

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