I'm sure he does too. I was hoping for his sake that he would get the Chicago job, even though I can't stand that team.
Mort reported that Pep Hamilton, Stanford's offensive coordinator, is a leading candidate for the job. That would be my favorite hire.
Thought you guys might get a chuckle out of this from the Pittsburgh beat writer's blog:
--- Only Arizona could fire its Pittsburgh West coach, Ken Whisenhunt, and remain Pittsburgh West by hiring Bruce Arians. He may not have to go outside to hire much of his staff since he’s worked with many of them in place now, including his two coordinators, Ray Horton and Plum native Mike Miller.
--- The Steelers defense has been among the NFL’s best on a consistent basis for more than 40 years, yet their offensive coordinators are the ones who keep becoming head coaches around the league. The list includes Mike Mularkey, Ken Whisenhunt, Bruce Arians and Chan Gailey over the past 15 years. The only defensive coordinator during that time who went directly to a head coaching job was Jim Haslett, although Dick LeBeau did become Cincinnati’s head coach after leaving the Steelers to become the Bengals’ defensive coordinator. Even those great defenses from the 1970s never spawned a head coach. Tony Dungy, the Steelers defensive coordinator in the middle of the 1980s, ultimately became a head coach but not directly.
(May be behind a password firewall, don't remember how that part of their site works...)
LeBeau, 2004 - as long as he wants it
Tim Lewis, 2000-2003
Jim Haslett, 97-99 as mentioned
LeBeau, 95-96, eventually the Bengals HC but not directly.
Dom Capers, 92-94... Ed missed this one. When he, Bill and Dick were done perfecting the Zone Blitz, he left to be the Panthers HC.
Dave Brazil (who? Noll's last DC) 90-91. Not a good team or good defense.
Rod Rust, 89... Ed missed this one. Left Pittsburgh to lead NE to a 1-15 record in 1990, fired after 1 season. Then they drafted Bledsoe, right? Probably selective memory, given the 1-15 fiasco.
Dungy, 84-88, then he left Noll to be KC's defensive backfield coach. Was he fired? Who does that?
Woody Widenhofer, 79-84, left to be HC of the USFL's Oklahoma franchise. Does that count?
George Perles, 78, then promoted to Assistant Head Coach through 82. Left to be the HC of Philadelphia's USFL franchise, contract dispute, then Michigan St.
Bud Carson, 73-77, eventually became HC of the Browns a decade later.
Look at some of those attendance totals for the Pats in 1990 at Foxboro Stadium. A couple in the 30,000's and a few in the 20,000s. That's brutal attendance. I think that people forget just how abysmal the Patriots were before Kraft bought the team in 1994 and hired Parcells. The Patriots were mostly an afterthought in Boston for much of their existence before the Kraft era. It's really not that much different than what happened in Indy for most of the years from 84-97. You have to build something successful to get people excited, whether it's in Boston or Indianapolis.
Kraft really is one of the best owners in sports though. He took a franchise that had been historically bad and turned them in one of the premier organizations in sports. Belichick and Brady obviously played major roles too.
Looks like Pitt fired Dungy:
Dungy, who was fired by the Steelers after the 1988 season, has revitalized his career as well.
It's not surprising that so many Pitt offensive guys have gotten hired. Teams want people who have been around successful franchises like Pittsburgh. As a Colts fan, I was glad that Arians had spent the previous in a winning environment like Pittsburgh. You want people you hire to have a winning mentality and know how a championship organization conducts itself.
And let's not kid ourselves. Dick LeBeau was heartbroken about what happened with the Bungles when he was HC. He has absolutely zero interest in being in that hot seat ever again but he still loves coaching, loves his players, his fellow coaches, and the Rooneys, and he is still making huge contributions to professional football. But when Cowher brought him back everybody knew he'd never be HC again.
He has led them to the AFC Championship game. /halfgreen :D
Arians took our o-line coach Harold Goodwin to be his OC in Arizona. Whatever, fine with me, not like the guy was doing much good here.
Hahahaha that at least struck me as odd too. I mean, really? OK you work with what you have but still that OL stank and the coach has to be part of the reason why it did.
Not necessarily. Lousy players and injuries can be a factor too. Sometimes, a really good OL coach isn't enough if the talent isn't there.
I don't know if that's true or not but I'm under the impression your OL vastly overachieved this season, relative to its talent level. I could easily be wrong, I didn't watch, but the expectations were certainly not very high.
Before the season, correct me if I'm wrong but many thought this was one of the worst, if not the bottom ranked OL units in the league. You'd even signed Trai Essex after the Steelers cut him, and tried to inject him into the starting lineup. And the Steelers were considered to be one of the worst/ youngest/ least experienced OLs in the league, too.
The fact that Luck survived the season is a testament to coaching getting more out of that OL than most though was possible.