Commentary

A change could do you good

In Washington, Chicago and Cleveland, new QBs or coaches could be productive

Updated: March 20, 2010, 10:46 AM ET
By KC Joyner | Special to ESPN Insider
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A recurring theme in baseball stats expert Bill James' essays throughout the years has been that people generally do not embrace change even if it might do some good. He noted a group of examples of this in the 1986 Baseball Abstract, saying, "Shin guards, face masks, the hit and run, the spitball -- they all received intense criticism from the moment of their invention -- but within a few years, all were in universal service throughout the game."

This same hesitance to embrace modifications often applies to the world of personnel changes in pro football. This is usually doubly true when the changes involve the quarterback position, and it certainly applies in the cases of the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.


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