I was looking at two coach firings that kind of make me wonder: Mike Shanahan and Eric Mangini. Mike Shanahan? I would have never in my wildest dreams even guessed that it would happen. Mangini? I think this one is an indicator of a management flaw.
Mike Shanahan - Ok he has won two Super Bowls. He always has a team that competes. His teams have a way of doing well regardless of who they lose to injury or free agency. So he's only won one playoff game since Elway left. I still think he's one of the best coaches in the league. The only thing I can see would have been the cause is someone over him wanted him to relinquish some or all of his GM duties and stick to coaching. Some of his decisions in the player acquisition category have left much to be desired. Maurice Clarrett comes to mind, but hey not all gambles pay off. In the end I think it will come out that he had some kind of disagreement with ownership about his role with the organization.
Eric Mangini - I think the Jest got impatient here and pulled the trigger. Hey Cowher won 22 games in 3 years 1998-2000 and miss the playoffs each year. One less than Mangini in the last 3 years. They even had a meltdown in 1998 going from 7-4 to end up 7-9. He used Stewart, Tomczak and Kent Graham as QB during this stretch. They were one more loss in 1998 from being the only Steeler team since the 1970 merger to lose 10 games in back to back years. Since previous 4 years brought 2 home AFC championship upset losses and a Super Bowl loss sandwiches around a New England Divisional meltdown 28-3. It could have been said (and actually was whispered in some parts) in 2000 that Cowher can't lead this team to a Super Bowl win. He had his chance plenty of times. If anything Mike Tannenbaum should have been fired for the huge amounts of money he threw at old players ( I need not expound I'm sure). I think this firing is an outward appearance of a inward flaw of the Jets organization. I also think that is a huge reason Cowher changed his mind.