Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Fun facts on firing coaches
By Pat McManamon
Just some quick facts on the firing of coaches:
- The last four coaches fired in the AFC North have been by the Cleveland Browns.
- Since January of 2009, the Browns have fired Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski.
- That’s four coaches fired in five years.
- Two of those coaches fired were given two seasons to win, one was given one season.
- Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh and Marvin Davis have all been on the job in Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cincinnati since before 2009.
- The number of coaches in Joe Thomas’ seven-year career? Soon to be five.
- The number of coaches in Cleveland since the team returned in 1999? Soon to be eight.
- Five plus eight equals 13, which is the exact number of games the Browns have won the past three seasons.
- The number of coaches fired since January 2012: Two.
- The number of coaches hired since January 2012: Soon to be two as well.
- The Browns have lost 10 games in a season in 10 of the last 11 seasons.
- This season marked the sixth in a row that the Browns have lost more than 11 games. According to Elias, only the Raiders did that for a longer period -- they lost 11 every season from 2003-2009, seven in a row.
- The Browns will have a chance to match that mark in 2014. With a new coach, new systems (is there any doubt we’ll all be writing and talking about the switch back to the four-three defense?), new coordinators, new quarterback and new running back, the odds would have to favor matching this mark.
There’s nothing like it.