Originally posted on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 12/15/11
By now, you know that the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs fired their respective coaches. Grantland's Bill Barnwell did a nice job of explaining why both of these firings were essentially CYA jobs by each team's respective GM. The Dolphins are a particularly baffling case because they are remaining loyal to GM Jeff Ireland, despite Ireland's lousy track record when it comes to both winning and keeping his foot out of his mouth. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli at least has a Super Bowl pedigree to bolster his argument that he deserves to hire a second head coach. Ireland has no similar accomplishments to his resume. Regardless, both men have retained power over their respective organizations, and so both will be allowed to hire a new coach. In both cases, that means no big-name ex-coaches like Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden, the kind of coaches who would demand say over personnel matters. In KC, interim coach Romeo Crennel is already lobbying for the job full-time, and Josh McDaniels' ...
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