Black Monday in the NFL – Do most teams have a leadership problem?

December 31, 2012 — 1 Comment

Today is Black Monday in the National Football League. As of 5:00 PM Eastern Time 7 Coaches and 3 General Manager’s had been fired. I am sure more coaches will be fired in the next couple of days. Were these coaches at fault or were they in “no win” situations doomed by the poor leadership of their owners?


The premier franchises in the National Football League are the New York Giants, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers. These franchises have won 7 of the past 9 Super Bowls. They have stable long term owners who are leaders with a vision, head coaches that have been in place for five years or more and a franchise quarterback. While the Giants, Patriots, Steelers and Packers don’t win every year they are usually in contention and have built a consistent winning culture. They have built cultures that are more important than individual star players.

This seems like a pretty simple formula for success. Why do teams like the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs consistently get it wrong and wind up changing coaches and general manager’s every two or three years?

In your opinion, which franchise in the National Football League has the best leadership? 


One response to Black Monday in the NFL – Do most teams have a leadership problem?


    According to Forbes the Cowboys and Redskins are the #1 and #3 most valuable franchises. Promoting shareholder value is always a top, if not the top objective of any business. Unfortunately in the modern NFL, with TV revenues divided, the teams often are not run the way the fans would want. How many franchise quarterbacks did the Chiefs and Browns think they had in the last 10 years? I’d wager that each franchise has had at least one or two that missed.

    At the end of the day much of this comes down to luck of the draw. For example, Parcells wanted Mirer, got Bledsoe, and ended up leaving the franchise in decent shape for a late round draft pick to replace the above average, expensive, former 1st overall draft pick. And of course to go on to be arguably the best quarterback and team (making the coach a winner after being labeled a loser) of the last decade.

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