I'm going to predict three coaching changes in the NFL that I think will happen before next season. I'd make a fourth, but I have no idea who the hell is going to want to coach in Cleveland once they get rid of the "Man-genius" running up huge catering bills and not winning any ball games.
1. Mike Shanahan to the Washington Redskins. Jim Zorn is done as head coach of the Redskins. The loss to the Lions this week was the final straw. The change might happen in a couple weeks, months, or it could happen by the time this blog entry is published making my post somewhat silly. If that happens, then I don't believe Shanahan will come in immediately. I have a feeling they will stick some poor schmuck in to finish the season, then hire Shanahan in the offseason. The one kink could be if the Cowboys decide to go hard after Shanahan, and then he'll have to decide which crazy owner he would hate to work for the least. That leads me to my next prediction...
2. John Gruden to the Dallas Cowboys. Is it just me or has Wade Phillips been a lame duck coach for three years now? This will finally be the year when he gets canned, and Jerry Jones will go after John Gruden because he will have enjoyed Gruden's Monday Night Football commentary. It's easy to sound like a smart guy, but much harder to actually coach a team. Jerry likes high profile, so that's why Gruden is a perfect fit. Plus, Gruden has already dealt with crazy Al Davis, so dealing with Jerry's botoxed face is right up his alley.
3. Bill Cowher to the Carolina Pathers. I feel a bit bad for John Fox. He's been such a good coach, and will probably get a job somewhere else soon, but Cowher is too a big name for the Panthers to pass on. Cowher showed his love for the Carolina Hurricanes right in the face of the Pittsburgh Penguins:
So we know he'd love to go to Carolina. He's a couple years out of coaching, refreshed and ready to go!
Those are my predictions. Who knows if they will happen, but with teams playing horribly and big name coaches out there, we know there will be changes.