Baltimore Orioles: More botched personnel moves in sports

Once again, I hope that the Baltimore Orioles were observing a fellow sports franchise (albeit in another sport) these past few days. In this case, the New York Football Giants. They gave us another lesson in how NOT to handle personnel moves.

The Giants fired head coach Ben McAdoo yesterday morning. And let me be frank; McAdoo should have been fired. He probably was never cut out to do the job in the first place. Keep in mind, I don’t cover that team so I’m only watching from afar just like most of you reading this. But from my standpoint he lost the locker room weeks ago.

However last week, McAdoo announced that he was benching quarterback Eli Manning in favor of backup Geno Smith. This turned into a media circus, which eventually led to rumors that McAdoo was going to be relieved of his duties following the teams’ game this past Sunday in Oakland. And in fact, the news came first thing yesterday morning.

However it was also reported that McAdoo had cleared the benching of Manning with owner John Mara prior to pulling the trigger. And in his own commentary yesterday, Mara seemed to back that up. So if that’s the case, why did Mara decide to fire McAdoo?

Again in his commentary, Mara said that the firing had more to do with the record than anything else. But let’s be frank, it was the catalyst. First off, I personally believe that the head coach should have the final say in on-field matters – such as who starts and who sits. I thought that the decision to sit a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback and a perennial pro bowler was a poor one. But it should be the coach’s decision – NOT the owner’s.

However that aside, if McAdoo “cleared” this move with ownership, why is he being held accountable for it by having it cost him his job? I’m not criticizing the decision to fire McAdoo, because while I’m not a fan of changing coaches in season, I don’t think he was cut out to be an NFL coach. But it doesn’t say much for the organization when the owner fires the coach for implementing something on which he signed off.

Again, hopefully the Orioles were paying attention. Peter Angelos may be a lot of things, but to my knowledge he’s never meddled in on-field matters like this. Furthermore he’s never fired someone for doing what he was told to do, or something on which he had signed off. Hopefully that never changes.

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