From X’s and O’s to Press and Egos: The Evolution of the NFL Head Coach

I don’t think Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry or Bum Phillips ever cared what the press said.

Something tells me that if a player’s ego got too big, George Allen or George Halas would sit him. He wouldn’t have a single person to whom he would have to answer.

But those were the old days. The days when a coach was actually in charge of the players on the team, and not the other way around. This was before the 24 hour news cycle, sports blogs (hey, that’s us!), fans with demands and all the other nonsense that surrounds an NFL team in the modern era. Truth is, I probably wouldn’t trade it for the old days — the modern game is more exciting, more accessible than ever — but it occurred to me last night while watching that awful Rams/Seahawks game that being a coach now is less like being a coach and more like being… something else.

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The Education of a Redskins Fan, Part One

Why can't it just be like this every season?

Whenever I tell people outside the D.C. metropolitan area that the Washington Redskins are estimated to be the second most valuable National Football League franchise, they look at me like I’m a space lizard from the planet Zog.

“The Skins, really? Don’t they suck? I’m not sure I’ve ever met a Redskins fan…”

/nervous laughter

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It’s Baltimore, Gentlemen. The Gods Will Not Save You.

OH HEY, happy Friday! My co-conspirator and hetero life partner, Mr. Arthur Digby Sellers, took a moment away from his Tebow-fueled existential crisis to alert me to an interesting piece in Deadspin this morning from the consistently very good Tom Scocca about the Baltimore Orioles, a once-proud sporting institution and my boyhood team. From about 1966 to 1983 the Orioles were a baseball team par excellence, posting eighteen consecutive winning seasons, eight ALCS appearances, and six World Series appearances, winning three of them, losing two in nail biting contests against the brilliant Pittsburgh Pirates, and of course somehow losing to the Miracle Mets in 1969 despite having one of the best teams in the history of baseball.

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