Okay, playing devil's advocate, are we talking Gibbs-slap upside the head to get their attention, or are we talking hauling off and punching them in the face? If it's the latter, fire and blackball his sorry ass.
You don't want Jack Bauer and Tom Brady on the same team. Jack isn't afraid to call his own people out for wrongdoing.
*cut to Bauer strapping a beat-up Brady to a chair, car battery and cables at the ready*
Bauer: "Who deflated the footballs??? I'm only gonna ask you one more time: who deflated the footballs???"
Miller also switched positions, which is why I'm not surprised, in retrospect, that his effectiveness has been limited. Again, these guys are NOT plug-and-play. "Oh, his overall rating is a 99 at QB but he's still a 92 at WR so let's plug him in there and rack up the stats!" Sorry to disappoint, but it doesn't work that way.
Today, I learned that having some damn perspective is the same as living in an alternate reality. We all fell into the mindset that we were going to steamroll everyone, not taking into account two coaching changes on offense, a new offensive coordinator with a different philosophy than his predecessor, the losses of Devin Smith and Evan Spencer... need I go on? We expect guys like Miller, Marshall, etc., to be plug-and-play, and they're bloody well not! Stop acting as if 19-20 year old kids are just characters you can plug into Madden and do just as well with.
We silenced the doubters. We beat SEC royalty in the Sugar Bowl. We won the first-ever CFB National Championship. No one can take that away from us. But this is not that team, nor should we have expected it to be. Sit back, relax, and let's see if they can't start clicking.
"You ever see the back of a twenty dollar bill... on weed? Oh, there's some crazy shit, man. There's a dude in the bushes. Has he got a gun? I dunno! RED TEAM GO, RED TEAM GO!!!"
Five years ago, my entire department got called into a meeting where they told us that they were restructuring the department, and that we would all have to re-apply for the new positions being created. This was an attempt to consolidate positions and let go of dead weight (i.e., people who just came in, did their jobs and left, with no ambition for upward mobility), since they had no good reason to terminate those people outright. It was probably the most stressful time that I've had in my life. And when they said re-apply, they meant re-apply: go through the recruiting process in HR, have the phone interview with the HR recruiter (after which I nearly threw up, as I was so nervous), and of course the face-to-face with management. In the end, I ended up being retained and moved to a phone job, which I've since parlayed into the equivalent of department assistant supervisor.
I know what it's like to have my livelihood threatened, and I can't imagine how betrayed you feel. What you should do depends on your situation. If you need income for the foreseeable future, take the pay cut and look to supplement it somehow. The riskier road is the severance, but if you have a specialized skill set, then you may end up catching on in a similar field (albeit likely still making less than you were). Finding another job is daunting and may take some time; it isn't as cut and dry a process as some make it out to be.
Thoughts and prayers, friend. You'll get through this.
Delete Penn State and Rutgers.
Add Army and Navy.
Trade historically great and bad for bad and historically decent, plus you upgrade the academic profile of the conference.
Meh. Somebody will take a flyer on him. Better whoever it is than us.
I don't remember his particular circumstances. Were Mommy and/or Daddy being vocal during the recruiting process? He seems like the type.
That whole athletic department needs a thorough gutting. Does Jim Delany have any way to put pressure on them to take out the trash, or does that have to come from the school's board of regents or whatever? Withholding some of that nice TV money might be enough to light a fire under their scarlet arses.
If that happens, then you know what's coming:
The sarcasm is strong in this one...
"... now turn in your playbooks to page three-hundred ninety-four..."
He'd be the Slytherin that other Slytherins stayed away from. "Dude, we're evil and all, but that guy's just crazy!"
I just had a mental image of Harbaugh in TTUN robes playing Quidditch. I will now go scrub my brain.
Motivational "OR" for Bosa with Hubbard. I like that they're making the suspended guys earn it back.
Yes, how dare assistant coaches aspire to be more than cogs in the well-oiled machine that is a Charlie Weis offense!
Seriously, I remember the hype leading up to the Fiesta Bowl, where everyone was saying "You can't give Charlie Weis six weeks to prepare! His offense will gut you!" And then Ted Ginn happened. And Santonio Holmes. And Antonio Pittman. And A.J. Hawk abusing his future brother-in-law.