Coaches: Paid to Coach or Win?
Browsing through Yahoo! sports and naturally football is front and center. No surprise the Dallas Cowboys, ‘America’s Team’, is heading up the news stories. The tagline read ‘Jason Garrett’s survival as Cowboys head coach could hinge on next 2 games’. The story itself focuses on the poor team performance during this season and how the NFC East’s hopes now lie with the Philadelphia Eagles.
This article got me thinking though; what do we pay coaches to do? We assume we pay them to coach and championships are a by-product of great coaching, right? Perhaps that’s only true at the pee-wee or high school levels but imagine if coaches could be offered a tenure of sorts at collegiate or professional levels? Would performance improve or would we face the decline of competitive sports? What if we treated other professions the way we do professional coaching staff?
Firefighters allow sixteen buildings to burn past the point of restoration unable to battle the intensity of the blazes for whatever reasons, fire them? Adele puts out an awful song, hard as that may be to imagine, and everyone hates it, do we banish her from microphones forever? These are extreme examples for sure, but while there is something to be said for the drive that competition brings, there is also an argument to be made for job security.
We love our sports teams, and we love it when they are winning. What makes us true fans is our willingness to stand behind the team (and the coaches) when they are losing, which is what makes the victories so impossibly sweet. We will never forget that ‘fan’ is actually short for ‘fanatic’ but history shows fanatical is not always synonymous with sensible. Fire Jason Garrett, a young coach with a dedication to the Cowboys franchise and a record setting offensive line, after a few bad games? Maybe zooming out to the bigger war will bring the few lost battles into perspective.