When Mike Shanahan was fired from the Denver Broncos following a collapse of epic proportions, I had a lengthy discussion with my cousin about the reasons why. One of the primary reasons he said that the Broncos needed to move on from Shanahan was that he had too much control over football operations. It wasn't just that he was the head coach, but he was the general manager as well. My cousin wasn't the only one to share these sentiments. Upon Shanahan's firing, ESPN covered it writing the following:
To me, there is very little difference between what I read there and what I have been reading regarding Belichick'sPatriots of the last few years. Belichick as the Coach-slash-GM? Check. Revolving door of coordinators? Check. A side of the ball floundering due to lack of talent? Check. A laundry list of horrible draft picks? Check. Fielding a competitive team despite a lack of talent? Check. Almsot impervious to criticism? Check again.
There is still a lot of season left for the Patriots to right the ship. While they have been nothing short of ugly, there seem to be simple solutions to some of the problems that ail them. But when this season ends, regardless of how it turns out, it is in the best interest of the Patriots and Belichick long-term for Belichick to relinquish some of his power. If not, we could see the downfall of the Patriots must sooner than expected and say bon voyage to the greatest coach in franchise history.