Originally Posted by SONNY WERBLIN
This. His shortcomings as a coach are "fixable". As we are prone to say when evaluating playing talent, he has lots of potential and intangibles -- if you don't have those things already, you're never gonna have them.
I see a lot of promise in the Rex/Marty combination. So long as Idzik fulfills his role of delivering a QB, keeping the player pipeline going, and managing the cap, this could become a very successful run.
As I said in a couple of threads...I believe a big reason why Woody was reluctant to let Rex go...has a lot to do with his good friend Marty Schottenheimer. And his playoff record...
A great regular season coach...with 200 career wins. Worthy of a HOF bust. But MartyBall is a big bust in the playoffs. Just 5 playoff wins in 13 appearances. Rex has those two AFCCGs and 4 playoff wins in...just two appearances. And Woody...consulting with Korn Ferry and Polian...they may have agreed with him.
Marty may be the better coach...but Rex is a better leader of men. I think LT was aware of this. Tomlinson still felt Rex could get the Jets to the Supe. So he was ok with him staying.
Playoff wins are precious. And some teams can go over a decade...or more... without winning one. Bengals...have gone 22 years without a playoff win.