Originally Posted by The Moekid
I wouldn't categorize Coryell as an authoritarian. What they do all have in common is having been successful as a Head Coach before coming to the Chargers. They haven't been able to identify and hire good coordinators who can step up so they have to hire someone who has done it before successfully. That is all.
Maybe my view/opinion of Coryell is from a childs eye - as he was the coach when I was a kid and I always saw him that way. Maybe it was just the scowl. I suppose in thinking back to stories Fouts, Bauer, or Madden would share of him, he was more of a "Nutty Professor" kinda coach.
Here on the CMB, however, if you hire a coach who has been successful elsewhere you get the 'He's a retread!' crowd crowing. But, really... who cares so long as the guy is a proven winner and leader of men.
I know I wouldn't.
case in point, the last two hires. When I heard the announcement that Norv was given the keys to the Lamborghini, my stomach turned. I literally shook my head and said, "We're doomed" to my friend riding shotgun. Then when I heard about McCoy's hiring, all I did was shake my head and mutter, "Norval 2.0"
Now, I know you can only coach those you have; can't coach a guy on the IR, but man alive, the guys who you DO have they have to show that there's been some actual coaching going on there. And I'm okay if a player isn't as gifted athletically as the one he steps in for. But, he darn well better give it his all and be mistake free. Stuff we saw last night from STARTERS (Johnson and Fluker) is just inexcusable.