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Question of the Day
Some progress has occurred in Cleveland, but the Browns have a new owner, new president and, in 2013 likely a new coach. It might be unfair to Pat Shurmur, who in his third season in charge has a roster filled with youngsters, some of them very promising: Trent Richardson, Joe Haden, Brandon Weeden, Josh Gordon. Barring a second-half surge into contention _ two matchups with Pittsburgh and one with Denver say it won’t happen _ a whole new management team will be hired.
The same thing could happen in Tennessee and Jacksonville, even though Mike Munchak is in only his second season as coach of the Titans, and they went 9-7 in 2011. Mike Mularkey is in his first season at the Jaguars’ helm, but they could be headed for their worst record since entering the NFL in 1995.
Adams has quickly forgotten the work Munchak, one of the franchise’s greatest players and a Hall of Famer, did last year. He’s the same owner who pretty much forced out Jeff Fisher, the most successful coach the team has had since the AFL days.
Mularkey benefited from new ownership in Jacksonville when Shad Khan hired him. Now, with a 1-7 mark and an abysmal offense (117 points, by far the league’s lowest) he was supposed to fix, Mularkey could have a very short tenure.
And Khan might sweep GM Gene Smith out the door, too.
Perhaps the diciest situation is in Dallas, where prevailing opinion is the Cowboys have tons of ability on the field, very little of it away from the field. Owner Jerry Jones comes under fire every year for also acting as general manager, whether it concerns his draft picks or his coaching choices.
The draft selections in recent years don’t look so bad: DeMarco Murray, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Dez Bryant (if he ever matures). The coaching decisions are getting the most attention and pretty much have since Jimmy Johnson feuded with Jones and left _ with the exception of Bill Parcells’ four-year reign.
Now, as Dallas does all the little things _ and plenty of big ones _ to lose close games, there’s extra attention on Jason Garrett’s sideline decisions, especially clock management and play calling. The owner won’t be going anywhere, which leaves Garrett on shaky ground.
Maybe not as shaky as Reid’s status. Of all the management folks mentioned here, no one has a track record close to Reid during his 13-plus years in Philadelphia. But this season’s struggles have a different feel to them, almost as if Reid himself is befuddled by such a talented group being muddled in mediocrity. Maybe, like Fisher two years ago in Nashville, he senses it’s time to move on.
And don’t think some of the clubs looking for head coaches in January won’t pursue him.
AP Sports Writers John Wawrow in Buffalo, N.Y., and Dave Skretta in Kansas City contributed to this report.
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