boogstyle
In a move I've been hoping for since the day Fulmer was forced out, the UT Vols have named Lane Kiffin as Phillip Fulmer's successor. Despite his struggles, many consider Kiffin to have a great football mind and sense for the game. This faith by UT athletic director Mike Hamilton granted this prestigious job to an unproven coach. Perhaps controversial, the decision may be reinforced if Monte Kiffin decided to join his son at Tennessee. Speculation says this will happen, and Monte could help a talented, underachieving defensive unit in Knoxville.

Kiffin has many positives to offer: Intelligence, Recruiting prowess, and a youthful exuberance/energy. Football in Knoxville has not been somewhat of an afterthought on the national scene lately, this will hopeful bring a breath of fresh air to the Rocky Top scenery.

The negatives are obvious. Lane is inexperienced and he certainly is unproven. Although his Raiders of last year and early in the 2008 season showed signs of life and competitiveness, he failed to find the win column more than 5 times in a year and change.

Some speculate that Al Davis' modern-day dictatorship was the major reason Kiffin was "ousted". The two butted heads on several issues, with Davis limiting Kiffin's control over team strategy, control, and general philosophy. Failure to be a cohesive unit led to the demise of this team and was counterproductive during Kiffin's tenure. If Kiffin had been able to to fully take the reigns, results in Oakland may have steadily improved.

A second chance will be given in Rocky Top. Regardless of the relationship that develops between the new Tennessee football coach and Athletic Director Hamilton, a duplication of Kiffin's 5-15 record at Oakland will once again leave him jobless.

Maybe a rough start is just what the 33 year-old coach needed. Other notable great coaches with rough 1st year starts:

Bill Parcells 3-12 Ny Giants
Tony Dungy 6-10 Tampa Bay Bucs (125-59 since)
Tom Landry 0-11-1 Dallas Cowboys
Jimmy Johnson 1-15 Dallas Cowboys
Bill Walsh 2-14 San Francisco 49ers
Chuck Noll 1-13 Pittsburgh Steelers
Bill Belichick 6-10 Cleveland Browns

We'll see what is in store for one of the nation's foremost programs throughout the 90's and early 2000's.
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snaus
BoogStyle wrote:

Vince Lombardi 1-11-1 GB Packers


That wasn't Vince's 1st year. The coach was Scooter McLean.
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justjon007
snaus wrote:


BoogStyle wrote:

Vince Lombardi 1-11-1 GB Packers


That wasn't Vince's 1st year. The coach was Scooter McLean.


In Vince's first year, 1959, the Packers posted a 7-5 record and tied for third place with San Francisco behind the 9-3 Baltimore Colts and 8-4 Chicago Bears.
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boogstyle
I stand corrected...but you can still see that based on the first year, a record is more an indication of change rather than coaching potential.

My apologies...
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