Thursday, February 2, 2012
Mara points to Steelers, Ravens stability
By Jamison Hensley
INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the reasons why the New York Giants retained coach Tom Coughlin during the tough times is because of the success of stable franchises like the Steelers and the Ravens.
“I am proud of that. That’s something that we strive for around here," Giants owner John Mara said at the Super Bowl. "I look at the other successful franchises in this league -- the Patriots, the Steelers, Green Bay, Baltimore -- that’s what they have. They have stability."
The Steelers have had three head coaches since 1969: Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin. Under Tomlin, Pittsburgh has only had one defensive coordinator in Dick LeBeau and will hire its second offensive coordinator after parting ways with Bruce Arians after this season.
The Ravens have had three head coaches in their 16-year existence: Ted Marchibroda, Brian Billick and John Harbaugh. During Harbaugh's tenure, Baltimore has had one offensive coordinator in Cam Cameron and has never fired a defensive coordinator (Rex Ryan and Chuck Pagano got NFL head-coaching jobs and Greg Mattison left to become the defensive coordinator a Michigan).
"They don’t make big changes every year," Mara said. "You try to get the right people in place and you try to let them do their jobs and then you try to have some sense of stability. There’s enough turnover in this league as it is and if you can keep your key people in place and have some confidence to let them do their jobs and ride out the ups and downs, then I think you have a chance to be successful. If you start making impulsive changes, I think that’s recipe for disaster. We’ve tried to avoid that.”
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti addressed the team's fan base that wanted Cameron to get replaced this offseason.
"This is just a carousel out there," he said. "It's like, the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator is let go, and then somebody else wants him. And defensive coordinators are going back and forth and are getting fired and re-hired in different spots all the time. It's not like we have a Triple-A system where those people are batting .400 and everybody knows that it's time to move them up to the big leagues. If he can bat .350 in Triple-A, then it's pretty self-explanatory. But to go out and get a position coach and make him an offensive coordinator and find out that he wasn't better than what you had … That's all I'm saying."
Bisciotti added, "I'm looking at these trends, and a logical businessman would say that we're making progress. So, I don't know if I have a message for that 10 percent of the fans with that vitriol. I just don't have an answer for them. I just don't. I'm sorry."