At first, I thought he needed to go. The notion of Cowher being interested as well as back-to-back home losses to Buffalo and Detroit had me thinking this way. And it makes sense: too many home losses, horrible 4th quarters, an offensive game-plan straight out of the 1950's, crappy time and timeout management, noticeable regression of Henne and the offense. I thought that maybe it is time for a change before things go way downhill.
But it needs to be noted that he's only been a head coach for 3 years and that when you're building a team from nothing (which is what we were when he came in), it does take some time. Consider.....
Chuck Knoll's first three years with the Steelers: 1-13, 5-9, 6-10
Bill Belichick's first three years with the Browns: 6-10, 7-9, 7-9
Tom Landry's first four years with the Cowboys: 0-11-1, 4-9-1, 5-8-1, 4-10
All three of those guys were first-time head coaches with the above-mentioned teams, and all three are now hall of famers. Does Sparano look like he'll ever be a hall of famer? Of course not...but then again I bet they said the same thing after Landry's 3rd year too. Does Sparano make stupid in-game errors? Yes. But so do Andy Reid and Mike Tomlin. Is the offense pathetic? Yes. But Henning is gone and Henne is either gone or gonna be the #2.
Some positives about Sparano:
1) The players love him and they come off more upset for letting him down than letting themselves down.
2) Despite the mixed-results, he seems like he works very hard.
3) We're one of the least penalized teams in the league. I think we're #2 since Sparano's arrival.
4) Our defense is really good and improving with every game.
5) Do we really want to start from scratch again? Now?
Just some things to think about. The offense needs a complete overhaul and he needs to improve his game-management. Do I think Sparano can get us to the playoffs next year? It doesn't matter what I think. It's simply smart team management to keep him on for at least one more year....
And trade for Kyle Orton