(Wright had Mariucci in USC mix on Monday)
Scott Wolf of the L.A. DAILY NEWS, who Friday was the first to report that Pete Carroll had accepted the head coaching job with the Seahawks, is first with the news Sunday that Carroll has resigned his position as USC coach. USCFootball.com follows up by reporting that Carroll handed in his resignation tonight.
Two USC administration sources told me today that Carroll actually resigned last night over concerns that a delay in finalizing his new job in Seattle was wrecking USC’s recruiting class. (Which it was.)
So now what is USC looking at? Don’t ask.
We figured it wouldn’t be a matter of “if”, but “when”. And the “when” turned out to be today. The Kansas City Chiefs have fired Herm Edwards.
(”Did they have to announce my dismissal on the scoreboard?“)
Adam Teicher of the KC STAR reports that Herm has been given his walking papers on Friday, thus following the footsteps of so many fellow ex-Jets coaches who get jettisoned from their jobs.
Kansas City is not going to the playoffs. They’re unquestionably one of the worst teams in the NFL over the past 10 years. They’re on a third-string, 7th-round rookie QB and haven’t had the service of elite RB/lady puncher Larry Johnson in about a month. They suck.
And yet there they were, taking San Diego to the wire today. The Chiefs led 13-6 at the half, but gave a point away when a bad snap screwed up their extra point. That’ll come up later. Philip Rivers threw 2 TDs in the second half to give the Chargers a 20-13 lead, but Kansas City fought back and scored a dramatic touchdown with under half a minute to go. All they would need is an extra point to tie the game up and take this thing into overtime.
But Kansas City had other plans, and they all involved epic fail. Read more…
In a player survey, 80 percent of NFL players were polled as to which coaches they’d most, and least, want to play for. It’s actually a fascinating look at how players balance their desire to win with their desire to play for a nice guy, two things that are often mutually incompatible. And Bill Belichick, probably the best illustration of that, got some interesting responses.
The last two Super Bowl winners ended up at opposite ends of the list. Tony Dungy, unsurprisingly, was named the most desirable head coach - his father-figure-like manner, and on-the-field success made him a clear number one. Hardass Tom Coughlin was the coach players least wanted to play for. The poll was conducted during last season, before the Giants’ championship, so those 53 players with rings are probably pretty glad they sucked it up. Plaxico Burress could not be reached for comment.
And what about Belichick, an a**hole who always wins?
Herm Edwards may be a lousy football coach, but he’s a great life coach. Five Chiefs players took in a special NBA preseason game in Kansas City and, according to a fan sitting next to them, turned down the offer to enjoy some “bye week bong hits.”
(Herm’s 1-4, but feeling no pain)
Larry Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, Bernard Pollard, Kolby Smith and Turk McBride had $200 courtside seats to the Hawks/Trail Blazers exhibition at the Sprint Center Friday night, and apparently had the chance to blaze more than a trail, according to HERM EDWARDS SUPPORT GROUP, a blog with a tasteful URL that I’m shocked Blogspot allows. (Surprising lack of Ricky Williams jokes after the jump.)
The ongoing cavalcade of “gotcha!” Patriots stories are pushing forth into the off-season, with the latest revelation from the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS that four years ago Herm Edwards and Donnie Henderson, then with the Jets, waved at a camera they knew to be recording their sideline by the Patriots.
(Woooooo! Who loves ya, camera?)
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