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BTP: NFL Franchises Are Crazy

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Even successful NFL teams have issues...

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Some pretty interesting developments hit the wire today that I thought were worth delving into.

Denver Broncos coach John Fox has gone an astounding 46-18 in the past four seasons, including four straight playoff berths and a super bowl appearance. Yet the Broncos and him have agreed to part ways. San Fransciso 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has had immense success in guiding the 49ers to the playoffs after years of mediocrity, even notching a super bowl appearance in the process. Yet after one off year he gets the boot too?

There is only one logical conclusion. Successful NFL franchises and their fans don't know how good they've got it. I don't think I would ever endorse letting a coach go if my team was in the playoffs, regardless of personnel, tenure, etc. Can fans and front office pro's alike pin all their successes on the QB's slinging the ball? How can Peyton Manning be lauded for the Broncos success, but not the one also partly responsible for their playoff defeat?

Fox has an excellent coaching record, as does Harbaugh, yet the former is jobless and the latter settled for a college team, while the Titans hang tight to Ken Whisenhunt, a coach with a 47-65 record and not much to his name for the past four years?

Teams have have grown accustomed to success take it for granted; I have little doubt about that. New England fans will likely realize the same thing when Belichick and Brady decide to ride off into the sunset. They are crazy, pure and simple, and have forgotten just how hard it is to win in today's NFL.

I just hope it's not too long before the Titans are in the same position to make such a dumb move...