The first coach has been fired. The Detroit Lions have said goodbye to Steve Mariucci and they're paying him about $12 million over the next two years to take a hike.
It was a costly mistake. It doesn't mean Mariucci is a failure as a head coach. It means he was the wrong man for the Lions. There is a difference.
Atlanta Falcons general manager Rich McKay and Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian have had outstanding success in hiring the right coach for their franchises. They have a common link in Tony Dungy, who got his first job when McKay hired him in Tampa and his second job when Polian hired him in Indianapolis.