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Hiring Jeff Fisher in 2012

I get it. Jeff Fisher was the hottest name on the coaching carousel in 2012, and it’s not as though any of the other coaches hired that year—Mike Mularkey, Joe Philbin, Chuck Pagano, Dennis Allen, Greg Schiano—had a lot of success. 
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But the Rams might have been better off promoting 2011 offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels rather than allowing him to jump back to New England. Or maybe they wish they had given Mike Zimmer an interview two years before the Vikings hired him. They also interviewed Ray Horton. He might have been good?

Had the Rams not hired Fisher and held on too long, they probably wouldn’t have ended up with 2017 Coach of the Year Sean McVay. But hiring Fisher was still a tremendous error. 

We may never know whether Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was on board with the trade that sent backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers last fall, but it already looks as though New England made the mistake of sending Tom Brady’s heir apparent away in exchange for a mere a second-round pick. 

To many, it was a weird move even before the 26-year-old Garoppolo tore it up and won all five of his starts down the stretch in San Francisco. After all, Brady is the oldest position player in the NFL, and Jimmy G had performed well as his backup. He was clearly the top option—maybe the only option?—to succeed Brady, but now he’s one of the league’s most highly touted young franchise quarterbacks and playing on the other coast. 

Meanwhile, the only backup quarterbacks on the Pats roster are 32-year-old journeyman Brian Hoyer and rookie seventh-round pick Danny Etling. 

Quarterbacks rarely remain effective beyond 40, and even Brady—who will be 41 this season—isn’t immune to Father Time’s Boomer Esiason Womens Jersey effects. The Pats are in win-now mode, but without Womens Deacon Jones Jersey Garoppolo they don’t have a suitable insurance policy under center.