I'll make no bones about it, I did not like the Todd Haley hire in the first place. I thought he was under-qualified and I believed there was much better options available. However, I trusted in our new GM and supported him as I would any other hire. Since then he has only proven to me that my initial intuition was correct. Todd Haley is not a good coach, there's really no other way to put it. I'm not going to sit here and sugar coat it and act like an apologist for him because of our injuries or because he hasn't been given the right quality of talent to play with. Todd Haley, thus far, has not won a big game. By big game I mean he has not beat a team that has won 10 or more games in a season, and he is 4-17 against teams with a .500 or better record. Up to this year he was 0-7 against said teams and I'll give him an 0-1 for this year as I think Detroit will finish around 10 wins. Now obviously this can change over the next 5 weeks, as our next 5 teams could have 10 or more wins, but I don't think it will. I feel confident that we won't win any of the next five games. But I'd like to put this into historical context, so I looked at all of the coaches hired in the NFL in the last 20 years(1991-2011) that coached at least 42 games, and I tallied up all the coaches that made it to 42 games without a win against a 10 win or better team, and to the results....
In total there were 94 coaches hired from 1991 to 2011 that coached at least 42 games. Out of those 94 coaches there were.....wait for it..... a whopping 3 coaches that didn't beat a 10 win or better team, Todd Haley would make the fourth. Yes, you read that right, 3 coaches in 20 years that didn't win a single game out of 42 against a 10 win or better team. The list is:
Mike Riley- Coach of the San Diego Super Chargers from 99-2001. He tallied a whopping record of 14-34 in his 3 seasons and promptly got canned after the third. He was a college coach prior to coaching the Chargers, and guess what, he's still a college coach today. He was clearly one of the several successful college coaches that tried to go pro, and failed.
Rod Marinelli- Coach of the Detroit Tigers from 2006-08. His overall record was 10-38 for a magical .208 winning percentage. He is best known for being the only coach to go 0-16, for which he promptly lost his job (Although Jim Caldwell is on pace to match this feat, albeit without Peyton Manning). This, like Mike Riley, was his only chance at head coaching in the NFL. I'd bet money he doesn't get another shot. He is now the D-Coordinator for the Bears.
Dennis Green- Coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2004-2006. His overall record was 16-32. He won 6, 5, and 5 games in consecutive seasons and was let go for a much better Ken Whisenhunt. Dennis' best years were clearly with Minnesota, where he coached for 10 solid seasons. This, like Riley, was his last coaching job in the NFL.
Which brings us to Todd Haley-
Thus far Haley has a record of 18-24 for a respectable 6 games under .500 (If you toss in the playoff loss). However if you break down the record of his opponents, the record of the teams that he beat is (98-163) or a .375 winning percentage. The record of the teams that he lost to is (172-161) or a .517 winning percentage. This tells me that he is fully capable of beating the bad teams of the NFL (the last two games would say otherwise though) and he sucks against the good teams of the NFL. Which is why he is only the fourth coach in the last 20 years to not beat a 10 win or better team. For this reason, I would say it's a pretty safe bet that he will not be back next season, unless he and Palko can pull a couple rabbits out of their respective arses in the next few weeks. The other 3 coaches that were as bad as he is were canned after their 3rd season, Haley should be no different. For the record I don't think he is the worst coach in the last 20 years, I'd say that prize goes to Marinelli, but you could definitely make an argument for top 3. Sure you can make excuses for why he shouldn't lose his job, but I can't think of one positive reason why he SHOULD keep his job. Most of all he has an inability to beat good teams, 0-8. I believe Pioli should spend the next 7 weeks scouting the rest of the NFL for his next head coach, hopefully the next one turns out better than this one, for Pioli's sake.