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Cindy Boren
Deputy Sports Editor

Cindy Boren

The Post's NFL/Redskins editor

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There is an unwritten rule in the NFL that you replace coaches at the end of the season, when your team is long past mere turmoil, the wheels that fell off long ago are rusting in a ditch somewhere, your season has been on the brink for weeks and all you can hope to accomplish is losing your way (but not deliberately, of course! No one loses deliberately in the NFL! No, siree!) to seeing Roger Goodell next to the No. 1 draft pick who is holding your team's jersey.

Baseball, hockey and hoops are equal-opportunity firers. Their leaders don't get a whole season. They can be fired early in the season, midway through the season and, in the case of guys like Ned Yost, at the end. Football, perhaps because it's a shorter season with a bigger playbook and much larger rosters, traditionally has been the prudent, patient sport. Can you imagine if Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner had been in the NFL?

That's why it seems so incongruous, to say nothing of premature and absurd, to be talking about coaches on the hot seat -- and what a crowded seat it is -- before the quarter-pole of an NFL season. Lane Kiffin (whose seat is so hot it may actually be on fire)? Scott Linehan? Romeo Crennel? Herm Edwards?

Maybe this is just a new fact of life in the NFL, a way of creating content to drive discussions in the world's yappiest sport (be sure to check out The League every day!). But I'm not sure I can take 12 weeks of drama over the fate of Kiffin and Linehan. Let's put an end to it now. Kiffin and Linehan shouldn't be fired. Make 'em switch places.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 23, 2008; 9:32 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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