***Rant Mode: Engaged***
As much as I want to do a Mailbag today, I just can’t do it. I can’t sit here and try to be funny and comical about the state of the Browns when there is absolutely nothing funny that happened about Sunday’s game, unless of course you’re a fan of five field goals and a boat load of idiotic coaching decisions (Phil, you know I love you and all, but I don;t want to see you kicking five field goals ever again). What happened on Sunday was an embarrassment and how Pat Shurmur still has a job is beyond my comprehension. He should have been fired by noon on Monday. Instead we get to endure another eight weeks of this crap. I can’t wait!
Of course, I understand the reasoning behind not firing Shurmur. It accomplishes nothing and it places a black mark on an already disappointing season. It’s the ultimate white flag move. What chance do you actually have of making the playoffs when you’re sitting at 2-7 and are being led by a guy that started the season as a glorified yes man to the guy that just got canned? But, this is different. Shurmur has been so bad for so long now that to even think about allowing him to finish the season feels like a slap in the face as a fan. We all know he’s not going to be around come 2013 so why prolong the misery? Why make it so we have to sit through 7 more games of poor clock management, making the wrong choice between to punt or not to punt, half-back draws on 3rd and 11 and pass routes that don’t get to the first down markers? It’s unbelievable.
Now, I know Jimmy Haslam has to look at things from a rational point of view. He has to do what he feels like is best for the team moving forward. Perhaps he, along with Joe Banner, feel like the best way to properly analyze the talent on the field is to have the current coaching staff continue to catch them. Shaking up the coaching hierarchy might possibly disrupt whatever flow the Browns do have and cause them to make improper judgements. So yes, it makes sense on some level. But, oh my God… how could anyone restrain themselves from firing this man after what they witnessed. I have to give Haslam credit, I wouldn’t have been able to fight the urge considering the mistakes made against Baltimore on Sunday.
Here’s the list by the way…
- Going for it on fourth down when you should punt two weeks after punting when you should have gone for it.
- Throwing on third and short and running on third and long
- Having the team come out flat and falling behind 14-0
- Putting too many men on the field
- Placing players in positions they aren’t familiar or comfortable with (Chris Ogbonnaya)
- Poor clock management at the end of a half and holding on to a timeout (again)
- Not giving the ball to Trent Richardson enough
- Not exploiting obvious mismatches in the secondary and instead calling pass play to Alex Smith out of the backfield
- Calling a half back draw and completely deflating the stadium and players’ morale after a TD was called back
I’m sure there are more, but I’ll stop there.
Seriously, Shurmur is awful. I can’t even be nice about it any more. The man infuriates me as a Browns fan. I understand that the task of coaching an NFL team is a challenging one and that there are a lot of moving pieces parts on game day, but at times I feel like I could do a better job and my resume consists of hours upon hours of Madden Football.
What did Pat Shurmur do during the interview process that was so special that actually made Mike Holmgren choose him to be the coach of this team? Was it really all about having the same agent and a relationship with Shurmur’s uncle during his time in Green Bay? It’s beginning to look a lot like that. The man has no idea what he’s doing. Now we’re finding out that he’s bickering with Brad Childress (another winner) over the headset on Sundays when it comes to calling plays. Unbelievable.
How does this continue to happen? How do we continue to get crappy coach after crappy coach after crappy coach? The Steelers, meanwhile, hire a guy out of the blue that no one even thought had a chance in hell of getting the job and he leads them to a Super Bowl title. The Steelers get Mike Tomlin. We get Pat Shurmur.
I want to scream.
Ok, rant over for now. I promise tomorrow that I’ll be back to my usual, slightly less angry self.