There has been a spate of firings in the sports world lately. It started a couple of weeks ago when Bowling Green State University fired football coach Mike Jinks. Then there was the surprise firing of an NFL official. Hugo Cruz was terminated mid season which hasn’t been done in, well, EVER. Saturday the Cleveland Cavs fired head coach Tyronn Lue after an 0-6 start. Monday it was more of the same as the Cleveland Browns said goodbye to head coach Hue Jackson as well as offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
At this point should Indians manager Terry Francona feel uneasy?
Were all these firings justified? I guess that depends on who you ask. Let’s take a look.
Jinks was 7-24 in two plus seasons with the Falcons. Is that justification for letting him go midseason? Again, it depends upon who you ask. Cruz, the down judge who missed an obvious false start against the Chargers in their game with the Browns on a play that resulted in a L.A. touchdown became a first for the NFL. The league has a detailed method of rating officials that involves ranking them at the end of the season into tiers. Two straight years in the lowest tier and your job may be in jeopardy. Being let go at midseason is crazy and has to have other officials wondering about their own job security. The officials association is filing a grievance so maybe this story is not over.
Did anyone think the Cavs would be very good this season without LeBron? An 0-6 start seems to be a quick whistle and the Cavs are suggesting they want to go with a different coach with the new look ball club. They had to know what the makeup would have been before the season started, so why didn’t they make the change then?
As for Jackson, he simply joined the list of coaches that could not turn around this morbid franchise. Surprise, surprise. His feud with Haley hastened his departure and usually in a power struggle one coach wins. Not this time. Jackson and Haley were both jettisoned. Perhaps the real power struggle winner was G.M. John Dorsey.
As fans, we call for firings all the time as we let our frustrations show with our favorite team. We tend not to think about the consequences for those that lose their jobs. Most coaches make good money and know their jobs are tenuous at best. It still has to be hard on them and their families to hear the news. These guys will be fine. Not everyone is so fortunate.
Growing up I witnessed my mother get fired from a job for, get this, being too efficient! My family believes there was another wrinkle to this story, but since the elected county official who fired her is no longer with us, there is no reason to say more. Suffice it to say that my mother was devastated and our family had trouble dealing with the aftermath.
The view from my seat suggests that perhaps firings should be more of a last resort than a knee jerk reaction. As fans, we should be more sympathetic. As for Terry Francona – I trust he will be around for a long, long time.