The worst controlled news always breaks after 5pm ET on Friday evenings. Always. It's the most down time of the news cycle on most given weeks.
Check the virtual press release time-stamps on the stories for all Hollywood couples getting divorced. Or stars going to rehab. Or in this case, an NFL team gutting it's heretofore successful front office and coaching staff starting right at the top.
Adam Schefter is on NFL Network right now reporting that Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen have been let go in Tampa Bay. This news will certainly send shockwaves throughout the NFL community, as Gruden will instantly become a hot commodity on the open coaching market. And to think that teams like the Broncos, Lions and Browns didn't even have a chance to consider Chuckie! Then again, Detroit themselves didn't do so well with their last coach who was poached from Tampa Bay's staff.
But man, where does Tampa Bay go from here? Paging Tampa-resident, former Bucs coaching great and recent NFL retiree Tony Dungy!
And Schefter brings up a great point as the report continues...how Al Davis ultimately got a little revenge with the Raiders knocking the Bucs out of the playoffs in the final regular season game of 2008. Had Tampa made the playoffs, odds are both of his former charges would still be employed by the Bucs.
Speaking of the Raiders...although they only won five games in 2008, three of the teams they beat have dumped their coaches (NYJ, DEN and now TB) and it seems likely that another team they beat, the Chiefs, may be ready to make a coaching move; although that talk seems to be quieting down and maybe **Scott Pioli will stick with Herm Edwards for at least a season? Anyway, it appears that a loss to the Raiders has turned into a death knell for a head coach these days, which doesn't speak to the respect that the rest of the league has for the sputtering Oakland franchise.
Mike Shanahan being let go in Denver after a rare late-season collapse was a real shocker, and now a second firing of the same magnitude. The NFL coaching hot seat is definitely at Code Red.
**Is everybody in football a "close friend" of this guy? He might be the most social football executive in history. Married to a Parcells daughter. Close to Bill Belichick, to whom no one seems close to. Tight with Kirk Ferentz at Iowa. Now we learn he's a good pal of Bill Cowher. I just performed a google search of scott pioli friend. Seems like he does have quite a few around the sport.