Pity the poor coordinator. Well, not necessarily poor in the literal sense.
My favorite part of the bullshit here is the faux concern for the players:
The reluctance of making a switch during the season has always been the potential for disruption. As a general rule, athletes like routines and don’t appreciate changes.
“The first thing I think about every day is our players,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “If I had to make a staff change because of production on the field, (I would) think ‘How is that going to impact our players’ lives … because in my way of looking at it, this would be a pretty dramatic move.”
Alabama coach Nick Saban understands the player side of these decisions because he had to install Steve Sarkasian as his offensive coordinator for the national title game in 2016 after Lane Kiffin accepted a job at Florida Atlantic.
“It would be a little difficult,” Saban said. “It depends on what the issue is. If it’s leadership, maybe someone on the staff can do better leading the players. … A possible change in scheme (could) have a tremendous impact on the players you’re trying to coach. It’s a difficult circumstance for the players. I’m not second-guessing anyone, I just know it’s a difficult situation for the players.”
If a coordinator is canned mid-season, it’s because the head coach is feeling pressure to save his ass. What’s a little routine disruption compared to that?