It all started after Bill Belichick, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVI. After the Patriots first Super Bowl win in franchise history, Weis and Crennel both went on to be head coaches the following season. Weis took the prestigious head coaching job at the University of Notre Dame and Crennel took over as head coach of the beloved Cleveland Browns. Both Weis and Crennel failed miserably every season after, except for Weis' first season when he had all of the leftovers, including Brady Quinn who rode the bench for Crennel in year two.
In come Eric Mangini and Josh McDaniels. Another set of coordinators that won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots and then left to become head coaches of their own franchises. Mangini was first to leave the Patriots. Mangini accepted the head coaching job of the rival New York Jets. The following year, Josh McDaniels left to take the reigns of the Denver Broncos. Again, both failed miserably. The Brett Favre led Jets, drove Mangini into the ground when my hero threw as career ending interception in week 17 to keep them out of the playoffs. That pick later sent Mangini back to the Cleveland Browns where he started. McDaniels brought out his Broncos at 5-0 in his first season, after having multiple power struggles with star players, then shit the bed the rest of the way out and also missed out on the playoffs. Failures.
Let's not forget out beloved general manager Scott Pioli who fled the scene after the 2008 season and took Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to Kansas City with him. I guess Cassel was a system quarterback after all. Things are looking up for the Chiefs this season, and Pioli returns for his second with Cassel and the Chiefs with Charlie Weis as his offensive coordinator and Romeo Crennel as his defensive coordinator. If only they hired Pete Carroll as their head coach before the Seahawks got to him.
Eric Mangini and Josh McDaniels are both staying put with the Browns and the Broncos as head coaches. Between the Browns, Chiefs and Broncos, I can't tell where it all began, but I can say that they're all missing the one ingredient of the equation that remains in New England, Bill Belichick. Good luck to the rest of the followers, enjoy watching us in the playoffs, take notes.
Thanks to FLC for the picture of Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.