Who Joins Kubiak on the (Get Paid Lots of Severance) Bread Line
Sometime within the next several weeks, the Texans will be hiring a new head coach, and when they do, that will be a happy day for whoever that person is. (Hopefully, it's a happy day for the Texans' fan base, too.)
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Years will go by, and that coach will likely experience some success and some failure, hopefully more of the former. But eventually, in all likelihood, he will wind up being fired in the end. It's how most (even some of the best) coach/team relationships end.
You're hired to be fired.
Now, we learned from Gary Kubiak (and his million-dollar smile and ten-cent beard) earlier this week that paid termination can be very agreeable. (Enough jambalaya makes anything better!) The question now becomes "Which NFL coach joins Gary Kubiak on the (oodles and oodles of free severance) bread line?"
Well, the good folks at bovada.lv have some thoughts on this. Let's take a look:
NFL Special - Will Jim Schwartz be the head Coach for the Detroit Lions for game 1 of the 2014 Season?
Yes +200 (2/1)
No -300 (1/3)
REMAINING SCHEDULE: vs New York Giants, at Minnesota
The consensus seems to be that if Jim Schwarz doesn't make the playoffs this season, he is going to get canned, and I think that's completely fair, given that the Lions are in a division that's seen Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers out for extended periods with injuries. Hired in 2009 after Detroit's horrific 0-16 campaign in 2008, but with a roster that already included quarterback Matthew Stafford and superhero Calvin Johnson (and was one year away from getting noted brawler Ndamukong Suh), Schwarz has gone 29-49 in almost five seasons with one playoff game (a wildcard round loss in 2011) to show for it. On top of that, he routinely displays a clown act that's an enjoyable object of ridicule for every opposing fan (and radio host) around the league. Still, they have two very winnable games down the stretch, and own the tie breaker over Chicago (2-0 versus the Bears). The value, at +200, is in betting Schwarz to stay on after winning the division.
BET: YES +200