NFL head coaching menu: Current NFL defensive coordinators

The NFC East coaches are probably safe from getting the ax this offseason.  Nevertheless, I thought it would be good to take a look around the league at the current offensive and defensive coordinators in the NFL, and try to figure out their viability as NFL head coaches.  Today we’ll do the defensive coordinators, and at some point I’ll get the offensive coordinators up as well.

Guys we can rule out right off the bat:

Larry Coyer, Colts: Coyer was fired in-season this year.

Larry Coyer (fired) (69) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2000 Broncos DC 24 7 31 23
2001 Broncos DC 8 6 16 21
2002 Broncos DC 6 4 17 15
2003 Broncos DC 4 7 6 9
2004 Broncos DC 4 4 6 9
2005 Broncos DC 15 2 29 3
2006 Broncos DC 14 12 21 8
2009 Colts DC 18 24 14 8
2010 Colts DC 20 25 13 23
2011 Colts DC 25 29 15 28

Fred Pagac, Vikings: ESPN’s Tom Pelissero reported that Pagac is unlikely to keep his defensive coordinator job in Minnesota next season, and noted two sources that claimed Vikings defensive backs often refused to execute the calls Pagac was calling:

Any decisions are unlikely to be finalized before the season finale on Jan. 1, after which ownership will conduct its annual round of meetings to discuss the state of the franchise, the stadium push and a variety of other issues.

One thing that seems almost certain, though, is Fred Pagac will not return for a second season as defensive coordinator.

That much became apparent when Frazier took over defensive play-calling duties for a stretch last month. But problems surfaced months earlier.

According to two sources, a group of defensive backs raised concerns about Pagac’s play-calling — specifically, the timing and frequency of blitzes and man-coverage calls — within the first month of the season.

At times, some players simply refused to play the defenses called, yelling out their own coverages as they broke the huddle. Tension mounted among players who felt the issues weren’t run up the flagpole and coaches who disagreed on how to proceed with an increasingly depleted group.

“There’s so many different ways to do it to protect themselves, especially with a beat-up secondary,” a source said. “(Players) don’t want to play some of the calls, just because they don’t have confidence in it.”

Obviously, that’s not good.

Fred Pagac (60) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2011 Vikings DC 21 11 26 31

Juan Castillo, Eagles: After what felt like a really long search, the Eagles shocked everyone by promoting their OL coach to run the defense, and Castillo has been under heavy scrutiny ever since. The Eagles defense got much better as the season progressed, but it remains unlikely he will be the defensive coordinator in Philly in 2012.  Obviously, he will not be the head coach anywhere.

Juan Castillo (52) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2011 Eagles DC 8 16 10 10

Chuck Bresnahan, Raiders: If Eagles fans felt the defensive coordinator search in Philly took a long time, the Raiders didn’t hire theirs until March.  (Juan Castillo was hired February 2nd).  The Raiders defense has been terrible this season, and Bresnahan’s resume as a DC is anemic, to say the least.

Chuck Bresnahan (50) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2000 Raiders DC 17 5 25 9
2001 Raiders DC 18 22 9 19
2002 Raiders DC 11 3 23 6
2003 Raiders DC 30 32 22 25
2005 Bengals DC 28 20 26 22
2006 Bengals DC 30 15 31 17
2007 Bengals DC 27 21 26 24
2011 Raiders DC 29 27 27 29

Sean McDermott, Panthers: The McDermott-led 2010 Eagles had the worst red-zone defense in the NFL since the 1988 Houston Oilers. In Carolina, head coach and former Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera is very hands on with the Panthers defense, meaning McDermott isn’t even fully running the defensive show in Carolina, which is probably a good thing considering they didn’t stop many teams this season.

Sean McDermott (38) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2009 Eagles DC 12 9 17 19
2010 Eagles DC 12 15 14 21
2011 Panthers DC 28 25 24 27

George Edwards, Bills: The resume simply isn’t good.

George Edwards (45) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2003 Redskins DC 25 24 14 24
2010 Bills DC 24 32 3 28
2011 Bills DC 26 28 19 30

Classic re-treads:

Rod Marinelli, Bears: Much like John Harbaugh in Baltimore, Marinelli is a semi-rare example of a guy that became a head coach without ever first being an offensive or defensive coordinator.  Marinelli is unfortunately best known for leading the only team to go 0-16 in the history of the NFL.  His 3-year record in Detroit as a head coach was 10-38 (.208).

Rod Marinelli (63) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2006 Lions HC        
2007 Lions HC        
2008 Lions HC        
2010 Bears DC 9 2 20 4
2011 Bears DC 17 5 28 14

Gunther Cunningham, Lions: Opposing teams this season knew that the Lions could be provoked into committing dumb personal fouls.  Jim Schwartz has caught most of the shrapnel for that, but Cunningham’s fingerprints are on that as well.  Cunningham is also 66 years old, which doesn’t help his cause, not to mention, the Lions defense wasn’t good this season, despite much improved talent.

Gunther Cunningham (66) Job Overall Run Pass Points
1992 Raiders DC 9 12 10 11
1993 Raiders DC 9 20 5 21
1995 Chiefs DC 2 3 5 1
1996 Chiefs DC 18 13 22 11
1997 Chiefs DC 11 7 16 1
1998 Chiefs DC 9 18 7 22
1999 Chiefs HC        
2000 Chiefs HC        
2004 Chiefs DC 31 12 32 29
2005 Chiefs DC 25 7 30 16
2006 Chiefs DC 16 18 18 11
2007 Chiefs DC 13 28 5 14
2008 Chiefs DC 31 30 26 29
2009 Lions DC 32 25 32 32
2010 Lions DC 21 24 16 19
2011 Lions DC 23 23 22 23

Jim Haslett, Redskins: Two years ago, the Redskins had the 10th ranked defense in the NFL running a 4-3 with players that fit the scheme perfectly.  Enter Jim Haslett, who decided to run a 3-4, perhaps setting the defense back at least one year.  In 2010, they were 31st.  This year, they were greatly improved, at 13, despite an offense that couldn’t keep the football.  Still, Haslett’s biggest success came before he got his first head coaching opportunity.  His track record after that stint hasn’t been as impressive.

Jim Haslett (57) Job Overall Run Pass Points
1996 Saints DC 13 27 3 20
1997 Steelers DC 6 1 18 11
1998 Steelers DC 12 13 18 7
1999 Steelers DC 11 26 4 12
2000 Saints HC        
2001 Saints HC        
2002 Saints HC        
2003 Saints HC        
2004 Saints HC        
2005 Saints HC        
2006 Rams DC 23 31 8 28
2007 Rams DC 21 20 21 31
2008 Rams DC/IHC 28 29 19 31
2010 Redskins DC 31 26 31 21
2011 Redskins DC 13 18 12 21

Dick Jauron, Browns: Dick Jauron very quietly led the #5 ranked scoring defense in the NFL with the Browns this season, although he is probably best where he is as a DC.

Dick Jauron (61) Job Overall Run Pass Points
1995 Jaguars DC 21 24 17 28
1996 Jaguars DC 15 19 16 19
1997 Jaguars DC 23 13 24 15
1998 Jaguars DC 25 22 23 17
1999 Bears HC        
2000 Bears HC        
2001 Bears HC        
2002 Bears HC        
2003 Bears HC        
2004 Lions DC 22 15 20 18
2005 Lions DC 20 24 13 21
2006 Bills DC 18 28 7 10
2007 Bills DC 31 25 29 18
2008 Bills DC 14 22 13 14
2009 Bills DC 19 30 2 16
2011 Browns DC 10 30 2 5

Long-time defensive coordinator greats best suited to remain defensive coordinators:

Dick LeBeau, Steelers: The legendary LeBeau (marvel at his resume below) was the equivalent of a free agent this past offseason, but put off retirement and re-upped with the Steelers.  LeBeau will be 74 years old at the start of next season.  It’s probably Pittsburgh DC or retirement for LeBeau from here on out.

Dick LeBeau (74) Job Overall Run Pass Points
1984 Bengals DC 13 11 18 16
1985 Bengals DC 22 15 24 26
1986 Bengals DC 20 22 10 23
1987 Bengals DC 8 8 14 24
1988 Bengals DC 15 18 10 16
1989 Bengals DC 15 26 8 7
1990 Bengals DC 25 22 26 19
1991 Bengals DC 28 13 28 28
1995 Steelers DC 3 2 6 9
1996 Steelers DC 2 3 5 4
1997 Bengals DC 28 29 21 27
1998 Bengals DC 28 30 12 30
1999 Bengals DC 25 16 28 31
2000 Bengals HC        
2001 Bengals HC        
2002 Bengals HC        
2004 Steelers DC 1 1 4 1
2005 Steelers DC 4 3 16 3
2006 Steelers DC 9 3 20 11
2007 Steelers DC 1 3 3 2
2008 Steelers DC 1 2 1 1
2009 Steelers DC 5 3 16 12
2010 Steelers DC 2 1 12 1
2011 Steelers DC 1 8 1 1

Wade Phillips, Texans: Phillips has had 5 stints as an NFL head coach (2 were interim jobs), and none lasted longer than 4 years.  The job he has done in Houston as the Texans’ defensive coordinator has been nothing short of miraculous.  That was the 30th ranked defense last season.  This year, prior to Phillips having to take a leave due to health-related issues, the Texans were ranked #1.  However, Dallas was his last shot as the head guy.

Wade Phillips (65) Job Overall Run Pass Points
1981 Saints DC 11 11 20 24
1982 Saints DC 5 10 8 8
1983 Saints DC 2 11 1 12
1984 Saints DC 4 26 1 19
1985 Saints DC/IHC 24 19 23 22
1986 Eagles DC 17 19 14 12
1987 Eagles DC 23 9 28 25
1988 Eagles DC 27 6 28 14
1989 Broncos DC 3 6 3 1
1990 Broncos DC 20 17 21 23
1991 Broncos DC 5 19 3 3
1992 Broncos DC 22 23 18 19
1993 Broncos HC        
1994 Broncos HC        
1995 Bills DC 13 11 16 12
1996 Bills DC 9 14 8 6
1997 Bills DC 9 15 12 23
1998 Bills HC        
1999 Bills HC        
2000 Bills HC        
2002 Falcons DC 19 23 16 8
2003 Falcons DC/IHC 32 29 32 30
2004 Chargers DC 18 3 31 11
2005 Chargers DC 13 1 28 13
2006 Chargers DC 10 7 13 7
2007 Cowboys HC        
2008 Cowboys HC        
2009 Cowboys HC        
2010 Cowboys HC        
2011 Texans DC 2 4 3 4

Dom Capers, Packers: Capers has the odd distinction of being the first head coach of two expansion franchises, first with the Panthers in 1995, and then with the Texans in 2002.  In his first year with the Panthers, he led them to a very impressive 7-9 record.  In the second year, they went to the NFC Championship Game.  So he’s had success as the head guy.  His stint in Houston didn’t go quite as well – His record there was 18-46.  Working against Capers is his age (he’s 62), and the fact that his teams’ offenses were terrible during his head coaching stints.  Still, the Broncos reportedly were interested in interviewing Capers for their open HC position last year, and Capers seems to be open to giving a head spot another go-round, but he’s probably best suited to stay exactly where he is.

Dom Capers (62) Job Overall Run Pass Points
1992 Steelers DC 13 17 8 2
1993 Steelers DC 3 3 15 8
1994 Steelers DC 2 7 3 2
1995 Panthers HC        
1996 Panthers HC        
1997 Panthers HC        
1998 Panthers HC        
1999 Jaguars DC 4 7 3 1
2000 Jaguars DC 12 11 14 16
2002 Texans HC        
2003 Texans HC        
2004 Texans HC        
2005 Texans HC        
2007 Dolphins DC 23 32 4 30
2009 Packers DC 2 1 5 7
2010 Packers DC 5 18 5 2
2011 Packers DC 32 14 32 19

Long-time defensive coordinators that could get a 2nd sniff as the head guy:

Gregg Williams, Saints: Williams is considered one of the best defensive minds in the game, and his contract is up after this season.  He has said previously that he would be in New Orleans as long as Sean Peyton and Drew Brees were there.  It would probably take an excellent situation/offer to get him to leave the Saints.

Gregg Williams (54) Job Overall Run Pass Points
1997 Oilers DC 22 4 27 12
1998 Oilers DC 16 9 20 12
1999 Titans DC 17 10 25 15
2000 Titans DC 1 3 1 2
2001 Bills HC        
2002 Bills HC        
2003 Bills HC        
2004 Redskins DC 3 2 7 5
2005 Redskins DC 9 13 10 9
2006 Redskins DC 31 27 23 27
2007 Redskins DC 8 4 16 11
2008 Jaguars DC 17 13 24 21
2009 Saints DC 25 21 26 20
2010 Saints DC 4 16 4 7
2011 Saints DC 24 12 30 13

Mike Nolan, Dolphins: Nolan might actually be a very intriguing defensive coordinator option for teams looking for a new one, depending on how the Dolphins’ search for a new head coach goes.  It wouldn’t be out of the question for him to get a 2nd sniff as a head coach somewhere as well.

Mike Nolan (53) Job Overall Run Pass Points
1993 Giants DC 10 7 10 1
1994 Giants DC 11 15 8 8
1995 Giants DC 17 27 4 16
1996 Giants DC 14 16 15 10
1997 Redskins DC 16 28 3 8
1998 Redskins DC 24 28 5 28
1999 Redskins DC 30 27 26 24
2000 Jets DC 10 23 6 13
2002 Ravens DC 22 13 26 19
2003 Ravens DC 3 6 4 6
2004 Ravens DC 6 8 10 6
2005 49ers HC        
2006 49ers HC        
2007 49ers HC        
2008 49ers HC        
2009 Broncos DC 7 26 3 12
2010 Dolphins DC 6 7 8 14
2011 Dolphins DC 15 3 25 6

Had a sniff:

Greg Manusky, Chargers: Manusky, at the time with the 49ers, interviewed for the Panthers head coaching job last January, but was ultimately beaten out by Ron Rivera.  The 2011 season has to be seen as a setback to Manusky, however. In 2010, the Chargers had the #1 ranked defense in yards and 10th in scoring under Rivera.  Manusky took over in San Diego, where he led the 16th ranked D in yards, and 26th in scoring.

Greg Manusky (46) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2007 49ers DC 25 22 22 20
2008 49ers DC 13 13 18 23
2009 49ers DC 15 6 21 4
2010 49ers DC 13 6 24 16
2011 Chargers DC 16 20 13 26

A formerly hot name:

Perry Fewell, Giants: Last season, Fewell scored interviews with the Broncos, Browns and Panthers, although many people questioned whether Fewell, an African American, was being used by teams to satisfy their requirement to interview a black head coaching candidate under the Rooney Rule.  The Giants’ defense had a bad season, finishing near the worst in the NFL in all the major statistical categories.  However, they have a new season after making the playoffs by winning the mediocre NFC East.

Perry Fewell (50) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2006 Bills DC 18 28 7 10
2007 Bills DC 31 25 29 18
2008 Bills DC 14 22 13 14
2009 Bills DC/IHC 19 30 2 16
2010 Giants DC 7 8 9 17
2011 Giants DC 27 19 29 25

Victim of circumstance:

Ken Flajole, Rams: Flajole had been getting buzz prior to this season, but then the Rams defense suffered an absurd number of injuries (they had 10 cornerbacks land on the IR.  TEN!).  This season probably cost Flajole a shot at a head coaching gig this year, but he’ll get a chance to rebuild his rep somewhere in 2012.

Ken Flajole (57) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2009 Rams DC 29 27 25 31
2010 Rams DC 19 17 19 12
2011 Rams DC 22 31 7 25

Getting some buzz, but why?

Rob Ryan, Raiders:  Rob Ryan has now been a defensive coordinator for 8 seasons.  In his entire career, teams that have had defenses led by Ryan have never had a winning season.  The bluster and braggadocio far outweigh the actual results.

Rob Ryan (48) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2004 Raiders DC 30 22 30 31
2005 Raiders DC 27 25 18 25
2006 Raiders DC 3 25 1 18
2007 Raiders DC 22 31 8 26
2008 Raiders DC 27 31 10 24
2009 Browns DC 31 28 29 21
2010 Browns DC 22 27 18 24
2011 Cowboys DC 14 7 23 16

Not viable candidates right now, but keep them on your radar:

Casey Bradley, Seahawks: Bradley is a Monte Kiffin disciple, and was reportedly given a strong recommendation from Kiffin when interviewing for the Seahawks DC job.  He has built sort of a frisky defense up in Seattle.  They have a lot of team speed on D, they play hard, and swarm to the football.  Bradley is still probably a year or two away from serious head coaching consideration, but he’s someone to keep an eye on.

Casey Bradley (46) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2009 Seahawks DC 24 15 30 25
2010 Seahawks DC 27 21 27 25
2011 Seahawks DC 9 15 11 7

Jerry Gray, Titans: This was Gray’s first year as a defensive coordinator, and his defense went from 15th in the league in scoring last year, to 8th.  He’ll need to prove it over a longer period of time before he gets a legitimate shot at a head coaching job.  It should be noted that both Gray and Ray Horton below are both African Americans, so they should get some good experience interviewing for head coaching jobs even before they may be ready.

Jerry Gray (50) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2011 Titans DC 18 24 14 8

Ray Horton, Cardinals: Arizona’s defense went from 29th to 18th in total yards from 2010 to 2011, and from 30th in points allowed to 17th.  Great start for Horton as a DC.

Ray Horton (52) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2011 Cardinals DC 18 21 17 17

Start paying close attention:

Vic Fangio, 49ers: While Dom Capers is a bit of an oddity in that he has the weird distinction of being the first head coach of two expansion teams (Panthers and Texans), Fangio has the distinction of being the defensive coordinator under Capers during those years.  Obviously, expansion teams aren’t going to be stacked on defense right out of the gate, but the numbers are pretty ugly during those seasons and with some bad Colts teams early in the aughts.  Those numbers, however, are in stark contrast to the kind of season the 49ers had this year with Fangio at the helm.  It’ll be interesting to see if the Niners can continue their defensive success.  If so, Fangio could be a head coaching candidate down the line.

Vic Fangio (53) Job Overall Run Pass Points
1995 Panthers DC 7 10 14 8
1996 Panthers DC 10 8 12 2
1997 Panthers DC 15 22 9 13
1998 Panthers DC 30 26 28 27
1999 Colts DC 15 18 19 17
2000 Colts DC 21 25 18 15
2001 Colts DC 29 25 27 31
2002 Texans DC 16 28 10 20
2003 Texans DC 31 31 31 27
2004 Texans DC 23 13 24 15
2005 Texans DC 31 32 24 32
2011 49ers DC 4 1 16 1

Brian VanGorder, Falcons: The Falcons’ defense has improved in each of the 4 seasons under VanGorder’s watch, but it’s still not exactly what you’d call a great unit.  He’ll get some looks down the line if the Falcons can continue to improve there.

Brian VanGorder (53) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2008 Falcons DC 24 25 23 11
2009 Falcons DC 21 10 28 14
2010 Falcons DC 16 10 22 5
2011 Falcons DC 12 6 20 18

Looking to remove the “interim” tag:

Romeo Crennel, Chiefs: Crennel is currently the interim head coach in KC and they canned Todd Haley.  How did the team respond?  They only ruined the juggernaut Packers’ perfect season.  It is believed that the Chiefs are going to remove the interim label and give Romeo his 2nd shot as an NFL head coach.

Romeo Crennel (65) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2000 Browns DC 26 29 12 27
2001 Patriots DC 24 19 24 6
2002 Patriots DC 23 31 11 17
2003 Patriots DC 7 4 15 1
2004 Patriots DC 9 6 17 2
2005 Browns HC        
2006 Browns HC        
2007 Browns HC        
2008 Browns HC        
2010 Chiefs DC 14 14 17 11
2011 Chiefs DC/IHC 11 26 6 12

Mel Tucker, Jaguars: It certainly wasn’t Jacksonville’s defense that was the cause of their 5-11 season this year.  Still, it looks unlikely that Mel Tucker is likely to have the “interim” tag removed from his title.  He’s the second youngest defensive coordinator in the league, and the Jags have wasted no time getting their interview process underway, as they’re already linked to Mike Mularkey, Rob Chudzinsky, Brian Schottenheimer, Bill O’Brien, and Mike McCoy.  The common theme there is that all 5 of those guys are offensive minded coaches, a strong indication that’s the way the Jags are looking to go.

Mel Tucker (40) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2009 Jaguars DC 23 19 27 24
2010 Jaguars DC 28 22 28 27
2011 Jaguars DC/IHC 6 9 8 11

Good experience, good track record:

Mike Pettine, Jets: Pettine has already reportedly drawn interest from the Miami Dolphins as a head coaching candidate. The Jets had their worst statistical season in the Rex Ryan era, and that came in a season in which Pettine reportedly had a more active role.  However, it also came in a year in which the offense was flat-out gross, and the defense had to be near-perfect to win football games.

Mike Pettine (45) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2009 Jets DC 1 8 1 1
2010 Jets DC 3 3 6 6
2011 Jets DC 5 13 5 20

Chuck Pagano, Ravens: Pagano has a long track record of success as a defensive backs coach.  In his second year in Oakland, the defense was first in the league in passing yards allowed, and 3rd in total defense (see Rob Ryan’s resume above).  The following year, after he had already left for the University of North Carolina to be the defensive coordinator, Oakland’s defense suffered.  In his first year with the Ravens as the DC, (granted, with excellent personnel at his disposal), the Ravens finished in the Top 4 of every major statistical category.

Chuck Pagano (51) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2011 Ravens DC 3 2 4 3

The only thing close to a wonderkind:

Dennis Allen, Broncos: Last season, the Broncos were dead last in points allowed and yards allowed.  Obviously, there’s nowhere to go but up from there.  However, in case you lived in a cave this season and didn’t catch any Broncos games that were shoved down NFL fans’ throats this season due to Tebow-mania, you would know that the Broncos won their (albeit terrible) division on the shoulders of their defense.  Allen did a phenomenal job this year.  He has respect from his former employers, and he’s only 39 years of age, but once the Steelers bounce the Broncos from the playoffs this week, expect some intrigued team to at least bring in Allen for an interview.

Dennis Allen (39) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2011 Broncos DC 20 22 18 24

Not a matter of “if,” only a matter of “when”:

Mike Zimmer, Bengals: It’s very surprising that Zimmer hasn’t gotten a shot yet.  Of the defensive coordinators on this list that have never been the head guy, Zimmer has by far had the most interviews.  He was thought to be the eventual coach in Dallas years ago, but it didn’t play out that way.  Here’s a good article on Zimmer by Don Banks of SI.  I don’t have much to add, other than that aside from Romeo Crennel getting his interim tag removed, I think Zimmer is the most likely of the guys on this list to land a head role.

Mike Zimmer (56) Job Overall Run Pass Points
2000 Cowboys DC 19 31 3 22
2001 Cowboys DC 4 13 3 20
2002 Cowboys DC 18 15 19 13
2003 Cowboys DC 1 3 1 2
2004 Cowboys DC 16 10 21 27
2005 Cowboys DC 10 15 11 12
2006 Cowboys DC 13 10 24 20
2007 Falcons DC 29 26 23 29
2008 Bengals DC 12 21 11 19
2009 Bengals DC 4 7 6 6
2010 Bengals DC 15 19 14 24
2011 Bengals DC 7 10 9 9

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  3. WeNeedLinemen42 says:

    One thing, it wasn’t Haslett’s choice to run the 3-4. That move was entirely on Shanahan, and one of his biggest mistakes. Shanahan has done some good things for the Redskins but I’ll never understand why we switched to a 3-4.

    In his time as head coach Haslett always ran a 4-3 and made no move to reshape his personnel to suit a 3-4. Shanahan spent his year off talking about his desire to try the 3-4. A desire that seem to be based off nothing more than getting beaten by the Patriots, a lot.

    Haslett seems to have been tagged as 3-4 guy because he spent 3-years with the Steelers but he has coached 4-3 teams for most of his career. In fact I think this is the reason why the ‘Skins 3-4 has been pretty vanilla. It was only in the last few weeks of it’s second season that they even started to get creative and move their best past rusher, Orakpo, around.

  4. One.cool.customer says:

    BTW, check out who had a very similar idea with all the same numbers:

    espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4689250/compared-to-10-defense-ryans-better-but

    1. Ha, nice find. I guess it’s safe to assume he’s a reader?

      1. One.cool.customer says:

        I can only say that once I read your post, I also started to do the mental arithmetic, comparing how the other DCs the Cowboys had interviewed compared to Ryan.

        I had obviously done Horton, as evidenced by the comment further up, started looking at Fangio and then got distracted by some nuisance at work.

  5. ICDogg says:

    Still think Castillo is outtahere, do you… guess we’ll find out later today.

    I think he’ll be back.

    1. I think he’s done. Wouldn’t be shocked if he stayed, and holy crap, people will be pissed if he does. As you said, I think we’ll find out today.

      1. ICDogg says:

        I don’t think Reid, if the decision is truly his, will make a move. He’s got a year invested in this type of defense and sees that it has come together over the course of the year (even though it took far too long). A couple of players and a full preseason could be all this defense needs to be sufficiently good, whereas ripping the thing apart is a risk not likely to pay off immediately.

        And I do think the decision will be Reid’s, as Lurie is not one to micromanage.

      2. Dan in Philly says:

        If we know anything about Andy Reid, it is that he gives two flips about what “people” think. Some people hate this about him, I rather admire it. At any rate, Lurie made it clear that the call is Andy’s and Andy’s alone.

        If Andy wants Juan back, he’ll be back. Otherwise, he’ll be gone.

        1. ICDogg says:

          Yeah, that’s one thing we know for sure… what the fans think will never be a factor in Reid’s decisions. And, really, that’s the way it should be.

          But really, a lot of it comes down to Washburn and Wide 9 and whether to continue with that. And if they want to stick with that, the options become very limited as to changing DC’s.

          And I do think they want to continue with that.

          1. And they probably should. 50 sacks kind of speaks for itself. The trick is… Where do you get the linebackers that can play behind it?

            1. Burt says:

              Boston College?

              1. ICDogg says:

                Yeah, that’s a guy they probably want to take a lot at.

              2. ICDogg says:

                I mean take a look at.

            2. ICDogg says:

              Well, one thing that has to change is the notion that linebackers somehow are less important players and can be treated as something of an afterthought.

  6. One.cool.customer says:

    It’s funny how virtually identical improvements of a team’s defence can be both a “great start” and a case of “bluster and braggadocio far outweighing the actual results” at the same time.

    1. Ha, well, the “great start” guy’s defense went from 29th to 18th in total yards from 2010 to 2011, and from 30th in points allowed to 17th.

      The “bluster” guy’s defense, in fairness, went from 23rd in yards in 2010 to 14th in 2011, and 31th to 16th in points.

      However, this isn’t exactly the “bluster” guy’s first rodeo. If “bluster” guy only had 2011 on his resume, I’d be more encouraged with his future, but I’m looking at the entire body of work here.

  7. Immynimmy says:

    Mel Tucker is VERY underrated.

  8. Dan in Philly says:

    So, the Eagles went from a bottom third D to a top 10 D in most stats? Why didn’t it seem that way?

    1. RogerPodacter says:

      the beginning of the season was just that bad, i think.

    2. Jay in Jerz says:

      Dont forget, we also are probably one of the MOST talented. If some of those other coordinators had our DL or DBs, they would be great too!

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