Sunday, August 30, 2015

Out With The Old ... Part I

Mid-Season NFL Coaching Replacements

Out With The Old ... Part I

(AP Photo/Andy King)
(AP Photo/Andy King)

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It seems you can’t turn on sports talk radio in Philadelphia these days without hearing the phrase "They never fire NFL coaches during the season."

Tell that to the 19 guys that "haven’t" been fired in mid-season since 1999 — which, coincidentally enough — coincides with the Andy Reid era in South Philadelphia. Seven of them, in fact, were dismissed in the two previous NFL seasons.

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Those 19 are listed below and do not include coaches who moved on of their own volition, be it sickness (Mike Martz, 2005 Rams), retirement (Bobby Ross, 2000 Lions) or taking a college job (Bobby Petrino, 2007 Falcons, Arkansas).

It does include any coach for whom the dismissal was seemingly orchestrated by ownership, be it “fired”, “released” or “resigned.”

(For "Out With The Old, Part 2," pick up a copy of SportsWeek — powered by the Daily News — this weekend or check back here next week.)

 Date  Team  Out-Going Coach  Replaced By
 Dec. 4, 2000  Redskins  Norv Turner (7-6)  Terry Robiskie (1-2)
 Oct. 23, 2000  Cardinals    Vince Tobin (2-5)  Dave McGinnis (1-8)
 Sept. 25, 2000    Bengals  Bruce Coslett (0-3)  Dick LeBeau (4-9)
 Jan. 4, 2002  Vikings  Dennis Green (5-10)  Mike Tice (0-1)
 Dec. 10, 2003  Falcons  Dan Reeves (3-10)  Wade Phillips (2-1)
 Nov. 9, 2004  Dolphins  Dave Wannstedt (1-8)  Jim Bates (3-4)
 Nov. 30, 2004  Browns  Butch Davis (3-7)  Terry Robiskie (1-5)
 Nov. 28, 2005  Lions  Steve Mariucci (4-7)  Dick Jauron (1-4)
 Sept. 29, 2008  Rams  Scott Linehan (0-4)  Jim Haslett (2-10)
 Sept. 30, 2008  Raiders  Lane Kiffin (1-3)  Tom Cable (4-8)
 Oct. 20, 2008  49ers  Mike Nolan (2-5)  Mike Singletary (5-4)
 Nov. 17, 2009  Bills  Dick Jauron (3-6)  Perry Fewell (3-4)
 Nov. 8, 2010  Cowboys  Wade Phillips (1-7)  Jason Garrett (5-3)
 Nov. 22, 2010  Vikings  Brad Childress (3-7)  Leslie Frazier (3-3)
 Dec. 6, 2010  Broncos  Josh McDaniels (3-9)  Eric Studesville (1-3)
 Dec. 27, 2010  49ers  Mike Singletary (5-10)    Jim Tomsula (1-0)
 Nov. 28, 2011  Jaguars  Jack Del Rio (3-8)  Mel Tucker (2-3)
 Dec. 12, 2011  Dolphins  Tony Sparano (4-9)  Todd Bowles (2-1)
 Dec. 12, 2011  Chiefs  Todd Haley (5-8)  Romeo Crennell (2-1) 
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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