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Interim Can Work


When a team like the Washington Redskins or the Tennessee Titans get off to such a bad start where there is nothing left to do but ride the season out, it may make sense to fire the coach, as he has probably lost his team and players.

At this point, if an owner must pull the trigger and fire a head coach, a temporary head coach should be the replacement while the owner searches for the long term head coach. This period can also be a test for the short term head coach during which he may earn a permanent spot -- as happened recently with San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary.

The point is this, if you must fire a head coach during the season, bring in a temporary coach and use that time to evaluate him. Worst case is you can bring in your new head coach come February. It does not make sense however to bring in a new head coach off the streets at this point in the season. That's not fair to the new coach who comes in with his hands tied. Use a coach on the current coaching staff already to finish out the remainder of the season and then decide your long term plans after the season and after he has time to prove or not prove his worthiness.

By David Hill  |  October 21, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  | Category:  Coaching , Tennessee Titans , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Why bother an interim? Redskins have had no coach this season. Screw it. Go coachless.

Posted by: Meepo | October 21, 2009 4:33 PM

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