The Titans fired head coach Ken Wisenhunt today because he had a losing record, the team was stagnant despite signing some stars, and they had no chance of making the playoffs.
They only needed a year and a half to realize this.
While Wisenhunt was accumulating loss after loss, the Tennessee ownership did not give him an extension. They did not build him a new stadium–thinking that fans want an awning more than they want a Super Bowl title. They did not publicly praise him. They did not bring in new executives to try and improve the coach.
They looked at the record and made the right choice.
Stephen Ross faced a similar situation the last three years and handled things very very differently. He stayed with Clueless Joe far too long, apparently thinking that Joe simply needed more time for his genius to shine through. It didn’t happen, and it ain’t never gonna happen.
There comes a time when you have to make tough decisions. In Philbin’s case, it wasn’t tough at all. It was just delayed. Was firing Philbin the right call only because it was 2015? Would it have been wrong in 2013? No. He is a terrible coach, and his record proves that he’s a losing coach. Getting rid of unproductive personnel is ALWAYS an easy decision. Just ask the Titans.
The main reason I bring this up today is that hopefully we can think that Mr. Ross has learned a lesson. There is no rule that says you have to give a coach 3 or 4 years to prove himself. Thee is no rule about how long you let your executives make draft decisions. It’s not illegal to pull the plug and fire someone when their job performance is sub-par.