I'm really starting to get sick of these bashing Caldwell articles, and why we should sign these two guys. Caldwell is a good coach, but nobody is perfect. His TO made no diffrence, the Jets also had TOs, and were likely not going to just try and kick a field goal from that far away. He knew that he they would call a TO, and even if they didn't, it was extremly likely that they were going to take a shot downfield. So, he let the guys catch their breath, and call the perfect play. And guess what, it did work. Lacey was step for step with Edwards, and if he tried to cut back to get to the ball, it would be DPI most likely. Edwards made a great catch, and a lot of the credit should go to him. It also gave us the chance that Sanchez would be Sanchez, and throw up a duck, fumble, get sacked, ect. Anything to make the kick even a little harder. It was a gutsy, risky call. It didn't work, if it did we would love the guy. Enough about him, let's look at the so called great canidates.
Gruden's record overall is 95-81. He coached 4 ten win seasons in 11 years of coaching, and playoff record was 5-4, 3 wins from that coming in his superbowl run in 2002 with Dungy's team. He made the playoffs after that 2 times in the next six years. Even as an Offensive mastermind, the Bucs offence never went beyond 18 in total rankings. Plus, he is more of a fan of the west coast offence, which is a lot more dumpoffs and usually requires a mobile QB, which we don't have... at all... He also has a terrible temper, and is often yelling at his own players on the sideline and cussing out the refs. That would be a very akward and unwelcome change from the Dungy/Caldwell style. They are softspoken, very open minded guys who gets results. Only notible achievement that Gruden has is destroying the Bucs and cussing out officials which appears on NFL network commercials. He would be a terrible fit.
Now onto Cower
Cower is a good defensive coach, Dick Laboh(Steelers defensive coordinater, can't figure out how to spell last name, pronounced La bow). His playoff record going into the Steelers Colts game in 05' was 9-9. If it wern't for Harper getting stabbed with a knife by his psychotic wife the day before, we probably win hands down. Then his record would be 9-10. That is not a winner in the playoffs. If you watch the Colts, you realize a few things about the playoffs. It is a lot of luck, you have to be healthy, and face the right teams.
Cowher went out on a high note, so everyone thinks he's a great coach because he retired as SB champion. His regular season record is 149-90. Way, way better then Gruden. But in the playoffs, he wasn't as good as a coach. He lost 4 AFCCG at home, and only made two SBs. Before 2005, his record was 8-9, and then won 4 straight playoff game it a more impressive 12-9. He is more of a defensive coach, and runs the 3-4. It would be a hard adjustment for him or the players if we went to the 3-4, or he stuck with the 4-3 not knowing a lot about it. Yes, that's what a D coordinator does, but they should contribute in some way, and if we stuck with the tampa 2, he would be useless in his defensive teachings, and if we went to the 3-4... We would be royally screwed. We arn't that big, and we don't have any guys who could play on the line. LBs, sure, but our DL would be destroyed.
Both coaches are media overrated guys. Gruden is seen as a offensive genius, he's not. And Cowher is known for great Ds and SBs. He wouldn't work here, and since everyone is complaining about playoff records, his isn't good. Coaches can be graded on playoff records, but QBs surely can't. So we are sticking with the coach that fits our system, usually does a great job of preparing players, and is getting better. And a SB run, and a 24-8 regular season is just ok I guess...