NFL15 Minute Waltz: Diminishing Returns

8 Dec

You make an investment, you expect it to pay-off. You hope, anyway.

NFL owners invest in their football franchise. They pay for talent in players, coaches, management and ancillaries things like public relations, stadium issues and so-on & so-forth.

But toggling the talent, that can be a tricky proposition.

......Spanos.D.wc.5.11.12.Deejay.thmThe players work in a trade where physicality and aggression will test not only the constitution and character of even the most mindful of men, but will also solicit injuries that can happen anytime, making an expected return vanish in a flash.

Coaches, they’re strategists, motivators and teachers all rolled into one where results must come quickly and regular. Usually hired on past performance but sometimes solely on the interview. Whether they can translate their technique to a new setting and assemble the right cohesive crew is always the big question.

And then there’s management, like the coaching set, they too sell themselves on cognitive skills and a gift for gab. Their profession is free of the unpredictability or finality of play-induced injury and they get a longer lease in the office of expectation but skills or lack thereof in contracting and drafting will show themselves in short order.

Plunking down the investment capital is easy enough but the pay-off, that seems to be one collective crap-shoot for owners. That the other 31 clubs are rolling the same dice on the same table helps to make the game even-Steven.

As NFL15 enters the final turn (W14 – 17), some owners and their confidants-in-cufflink are perusing their portfolios and wondering what’s wrong with their losing ball-club, what continues to go wrong and what’s to be done about it.

Rosters are always in flux but some enterprises are certain to work wholesale changes from top to bottom at season’s conclusion, GMs & coaches included.

Miami: Philbin firing begins rework that’ll tag Tanny but exceed Campbell

Cleveland: As hope (7-9 (14)) dimmed, Manziel draft-call seems bad omen

Jaguars: Building blocks grow (Bortles-Smith-Yeldon), Bradley’s 11-33

Titans: Whisenhunt got quick hook as Mariota’s mixed bag for Mularkey

San Diego: McCoy’s progress fades in ’15, Rivers 35 and franchise fidgets

.....DelRio.wc.J.Sippel.11.16.10.USNavy.thmOakland: GM McKenzie seeks stability in a 10-coach turnstile (’98) as Los Angeles beckons, again

Washington: Snyder’s history hug (Redskins) hails hostility as team & stadium work a rebuild

New York Giants: The spirited Tom Coughlin – Eli Manning era seems to be settling into mediocrity

Philadelphia: Kelly’s crew nabs big win (NE) but consistency & QB elusive

Dallas: In 20 years America’s Team got a stadium but no closer to a Super

....Cutler.wc.cca.11.1.09.M.Schadle.thumbChicago: Bears haven’t had chutzpah since Ditka but Halas Hall options limited as Fox and Cutler likely get another go-round

Detroit: Ford family seems committed to winning but Caldwell’s plan may not suffice to get Lions to promised land

Atlanta: Proven pretenders, 1st-year HC Mike Quinn has had progress as 6 losses are by a total of 31 points

New Orleans: Either Payton is past time or need’s more post-Bountygate

St. Louis: Relocation issue hangs heavy as Fisher turnaround has stalled

San Francisco: Harbaugh high seems now a mirage but exit had to be

......macroecono.lamcasinoroyal.wc.2011Steven Keys
Macro Sport
Photo credits:, wc.cca, 9.25.12, Guest2625; D.Spanos, wc, 5.11.12, Deejay; J.Del.Rio, wc, FL, J.Sippel, 11.16.10, USNavy; J.Cutler, 11.1.09, M.Schadle, wc; macroecono, lamcasinoroyal, 2011, wc.
Posted: 12.7.15 @ 11:59pm EST; Copyright © 2015


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