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Fox gets more letters right than wrong in Spags' name
I had trouble focusing on what Howie Long was saying about Steve Spagnuolo on Fox's pregame show, because I was distracted by the morbid fascination of the graphic that read, "Steve Spagnola."
Whatever. Most of the letters were correct.
Click below for Howie's monologue.Here's Howie, via Fox p.r.:
Its late-December and the only thing thats more harsh than the weather back east is the fact that a number of NFL head coaches are going to get a pink slip for the holidays. You can be certain that owners are looking at the quick turnarounds in Miami, Baltimore and Atlanta and saying, That could be us. The question is: how do they do it? For one, by not listening to talk radio. There is no way fans were screaming we need (Dolphins coach) Tony Sparano, (Ravens coach) John Harbaugh, (Falcons coach) Mike Smith or (Steelers coach) Mike Tomlin a couple of years ago. Perhaps the days of the re-tread coach hire are dead. Who are the current assistant coaches that could be the next generation of head coaches?
Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan: He has a proven track record and his fathers (former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan) passion. At 46-years-old, he could be a coach for a long time.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels: Hes 32-years-old and just one year removed from overseeing the most prolific offense in NFL history.
Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz: Talk about blueprints, hes been with head coach Jeff Fisher for eight years and if that isnt enough, hes spent another four years with Bill Belichick.
Dolphins defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni: He had a front row seat on one of the NFLs most-historic turnarounds. Both Sparano and Bill Parcells swear by him.
Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo: Spagnuolo turned down an opportunity to be a head coach last year to come back and win another ring with the Giants.
Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier: Frazier took over for Mike Tomlin with very little drop off.
So when you dont hear the names of the usual suspects being bantered around your city, that doesnt mean you dont have a chance to turn things around quickly. If you want to eliminate the guesswork, go ahead and hire Bill Cowher for about $8 million a year. Youd be right to do that but theres one problem, as good as Bill Cowher is, he can only fill one position.