So What Do You Have to Do to Get Fired in This Town?
3:43 PM, Dec 16, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Today, football scholars are engaged in a debate over whether, or not, it was a good decision to go for two. What is indisputable is that it was a controversial one. And if the owner needed another item on a bill of particulars against Shanahan, he could add that one to it. But the owner, who has never been timid about firing coaches (or throwing money around) seems reluctant. And one suspects that this is a Washington thing. That a firing would somehow tarnish the one doing the firing. Reveal him to be less than utterly in change and competent. Also as weak, in giving into the demands of the mob. (Voters, fans, columnists, sportswriters … the usual riff raff.)
It all recalls that odd moment in the last presidential campaign when Mitt Romney said, with his usual maleloquence, that he “liked to fire people.” He got his bones jumped for that statement by a media that is tuned precisely to the culture of Washington where that sort of thing is neither done nor, especially, said.
After all, it might give some the wrong idea.
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