Earlier this week, Black Monday was a dark day for many familiar faces. In total, seven head coaches received their walking papers, including franchise mainstays Andy Reid, Lovie Smith, Norv Turner and Ken Whisenhunt. Other less tenured coaches, like Pat Shurmur and Chan Gailey, also failed to avoid the axe.
In an instant gratification society where it’s all about what you’ve done for me lately, sour seasons, especially over consecutive years, are intolerable in the NFL. With every overthrown pass, every botched snap, impatient fanbases grow increasingly hungry for Ws, desperate to watch their heros kiss the Lombardi Trophy.
Fantasy owners, particularly those in keeper leagues, are wired similarly. If dismissals bring instant fame and fortune, they are unquestionably for it.
Optimism, which would satisfy both fanbases, is already in the air.
On Friday, Andy Reid agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs. Several hours later, Chip Kelly, as first reported by Ian Rappaport of NFL.com, was close to filling the coaching vacancy in Cleveland.
Both moves have fans of all shapes and sizes in KC and Cleveland overwhelmingly giddy. Still their employment leaves many in the fantasy community with questions. To help clear the air, here is my take on common misperceptions attached to each coach:Read More »from First Down: Reid, Kelly bring curiosity, fantasy value boosts