Giants Emering As NFC's Best - The 7 Worst College Coaches

Dallas Cowboys Are 1-6 And Headed For A 1-8 Start Giants (5-2) Emerging As Best Team In NFL

By Kelso Sturgeon

How about those Dallas Cowboys-the team National Football League insides and the media pundits predicted would get to the Super Bowl this year? When they bit the dust against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cowboys dropped to 1-6 and the worst is yet to come, since their next two games are at the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants-possibly the two best teams in the National Conference.

Most of the football world is still struggling with this shipwreck, which I predicted before the season began but even I didn't think it would get this bad. No offensive line meant to me that the Super Bowl talk was ridiculous. The offensive line is terrible-a fact illustrated by the team's three rushing touchdowns this season-but that is just the beginning.

As bad as is the offensive line, it appears to be of Hall of Fame quality when compared what was once one of the best defenses in the NFL. No knock intended but if Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard, who was benched earlier this season, can complete 17-of-21 passes for 260 yards (an average of 9.9 yards per attempt) and a career high four touchdowns, you have big problems.

Cowboys' owner Jerry (The Know It All Meddler) has said all season he would not fire coach Wade Phillips, but he will-maybe even before you read this. Something has to happen somewhere-anywhere-to salvage the season. Jones does not like to think about sharing the worst record in the NFL with the hapless and hopeless Carolina Panthers, also 1-6.

While the bottom has fallen out in Dallas, the complex figures I use to rate NFL teams say the New York Giants (5-2) are at this point of the season the best team in the NFL and that conclusion is based on dramatically improve play in both their offensive and defensive lines. The figures rank the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) in the second spot, followed by the New England Patriots (6-1) and then the Green Bay Packers (5-3).

The figures even note, if Green Bay can ever get healthy, will end the season as the best team in the NFL. Rounding out the top 10 are the New York Jets (5-2), the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2), the New Orleans Saints (5-3), the San Diego Chargers (3-5), the Miami Dolphins (4-3) and the Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

For the record, the Giants are now the 5-1 favorites to win the Super Bowl, with Pittsburgh next at 7-1.

It's A 350-Unit Weekend

I am on a current 5-0 run with my Big Game Plays and in the process am up 450 units in those games. That means those betting $10-per-unit are up $4,500 over the past two weeks in those games, while my $100-per-unit players are up $45,000. Last week I was a perfect 3-0 in these games, winning:

  • My 100-unit College Situation Game of the Year as Hawaii (-15 ½) knocked off Idaho, 45-10.
  • My 50-unit Saturday Night Special as Houston (-14 ½) crushed Memphis, 56-17.
  • My 50-unit NFL Game of the Week as the Detroit Lions (-2 ½) took care of business against the Washington Redskins, 37-25.  

This weekend I am upping the ante and am releasing what is my single biggest college package of the season-my 250-Unit Marquee Grand Slam and Parlay. There also will be 50-unit NFL plays on Sunday and Monday and that means there will be 350 units of winning action Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

This wager is made up for four giant 50-init single-game plays and a 50-unit parlay of all four teams at odds of 10-1. The teams I am using are all on national television and they are all showdown plays. The games are:

  • Arkansas (6-2) at South Carolina (6-2)
  • Hawaii (7-2) at Boise State (7-0)
  • Arizona (7-1) at Stanford (7-1)
  • TCU (9-0) at Utah (8-0)

This entire big-game college and NFL package is yours for just $99, charged to your major credit card, or you may purchase these winners for $50 each day.

Back To Winning In NBA

I admit I got off to a truly lousy start in NBA basketball but have since adjusted my figures and am prepared to get back to winning and making money.  Keep in mind I release my 25-unit NBA Game of the Week every Friday night and that college basketball begins this Monday.

You can still purchase the entire Basketball Best Bets Club college and NBA seasons for just $249, charged to your major credit card. If it is more convenient you can play for $49 per week for $15 per day. Best Bets Club membership will get you 2-3 plays each day, all rated from 3 units to 10 units.

I will kick off my Chairman's Club and Personal Best Club this week. Chairman's Club plays will be rated from 15 units to 25 units while Personal Best plays will be rated from 50 units to 200 units. While I did get off to a slow start in the NBA, may I remind you I am coming off a great 2009-10 season and that I intend to make this one the best ever.

Lobo's Mike Locksley, Memphis' Larry Porter Head List Of The Seven Worst Coaches In College Football

I don't like to kick a man when he's down but in my world, where the score is kept with Benjamin Franklins, the truth has no enemies, and the truth is there are many bad football coaches in both the colleges and he NFL. Today, we will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly about college coaches and deal with the NFL next week.

First of all, let's begin with the downright awful college coaches.

It is a dead-heat in the "awful" department between second-year coach Mike Locksley at New Mexico and first-year coach Larry Porter at Memphis. Right behind them is Ron Ianello, the first-year coach at Akron. It is of note-and the proven kiss of death for football programs-that the three mentioned here we all long-time assistant coaches, with no head coaching experience, before they were hired for these jobs.

Head coaching experience is not a requirement for success as a head coach but when a coach has been a "long-time" assistant, my red flags always go up, because the question in my mind always is, "why has he never been he head man before. Men smarter than I must have concluded he just didn't have it.

That never stops athletic directors and the college football world is littered with the bodies of long-time assistants who failed, and in a big way.

Locksley, whose last job before taking over at New Mexico was as the offensive coordinator at Illinois. He was hired after the athletic brass at New Mexico forced Rocky Long out because of his inability to take the program to the next level. Long headed the Lobos program for 10 years and was successful, taking the team to five bowl games in his time there but, as successful as he was, it was not enough for those in charge.

Locksley was brought in, as they say, "to take the program in a new direction". He has done just that, except it was not in the direction the brass wanted. At this writing, Locksley is 1-19 straight up (SU) and 3-17 against the spread (ATS) since arriving on campus. His current team-0-8 this season-has been outscored by an average of 44.1-13.6 points per game.

This guy is so incompetent he has set the New Mexico program a decade or so and the school intends to cut its losses and is looking around right now for as wealthy resident of the state to come up with the bucks to buy him out. The sooner the better.

Where Did Memphis Find This Guy

Once again, I do not like to kick a man when he's already been punched silly but the truth must prevail. Larry Porter, a former offensive assistant at LSU, returned to his alma mater this year to replace the fired Tommy West. In most of his nine years at Memphis, West had his successes, including taking the Tigers to four bowl games.

When West was in charge, the Memphis program was just a shade beneath the Southeastern Conference in its talent and ability. In just a few months, Porter has reduced that the team to everybody's cannon fodder. The blindest among the living knows Porter does not have a clue about how to be a head coach.

If Locksley has set New Mexico back 10 years in his two years on campus, Porter has set the Tigers once-proud football program back 20 years in just a few months.

Under Porter, Memphis is 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS and week-by-week things just get worse. In their last four games, Memphis has given up an average of 50.3 points per game while averaging just 10.8

The Seven Worst Coaches

In going through the coaches of the 120 NCAA I-A teams, seven emerge as absolutely hopeless. In order, here are the deadly seven.

  1. At Memphis, Larry Porter (see above)
  2. At New Mexico, Mike Locksley (see above)
  3. At Akron, Ron Ianello-Could easily have garnered the top spot.
  4. At Ball State, Stan Parrish-A long history of losing at I-A level.
  5. At Eastern Michigan Ron English-Took over last season and right now stands 1-20 SU and 6-14-1 ATS. He took over a program that was terrible and has made it worse.
  6. At Washington State, Paul Wulff-Former head coach at Eastern Washington is 4-30 SU since arriving in Pullman in 2008. He is a man simply over his head and he has set this program back so far it may not recover for decades.
  7. At New Mexico State, Dwayne Walker-5-16 since taking over last year and without a clue as to how to make things better. At least he beat New Mexico.

Coaches On Hot Seat

There are many college coaches on the hot seat and here they are, with the chances that they will be fired.

School Coach Chances To Be Fired
Ball State Stan Parrish 70%
Colorado Dan Hawkins 100%
Eastern Michigan Ron English 50%
Georgia Mark Richt 80%
Michigan Rich Rodriguez 60%
New Mexico Mike Locksley 90%
New Mexico State DeWayne Walker 20%
Texas A&M Mike Sherman 75%
UAB Neil Callaway 50%
Washington State Paul Wulff 95%

Outstanding But Unknown Coaches

School Coach Comments
Army Rich Ellerson Has made major strides at Army
Houston Kevin Sumlin A true offensive genius
Missouri Gary Pinkel The complete coach
Nevada Chris Ault Has been in Hall of Fame for years
Northern Illinois Jerry Kill One of great football minds
San Diego State Brady Hoke Putting Aztec program back on map
Syracuse Doug Marrone The real deal and on his way
Temple Al Golden Might be best of all
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