New Head Coaches in Pro Sports
Going into the 2008 NFL season there will be four teams with new head coaches. They are the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins. The Falcons are coming off their disastrous 2007 campaign, their first without Michael Vick, when first year head coach Bobby Petrino quit with several weeks remaining. The new coach is Mike Smith, formerly the defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Cleveland Browns have spent the off-season gearing up for the 2008 season in a big way. Once head coach Romeo Crenell was secured with a two-year extension, the domino effect began. Less than a month later, running back Jamal Lewis was signed to a three year extension and by March 1st, Derek Anderson was given a three year deal. However, it’s the smaller pieces to the puzzle that leaves the impression this could be the year the Cleveland Browns win the Super Bowl.
UCLA is a Pac 10 team and they pack a heck of a punch. They will be led this year by a rookie head coach, Rick Neuheisel, heâ€™s got a shady past but heâ€™s got some NFL blood in him and that might help the Bruins recover from their 6-7 season in 2007.
Purdue will be losing their head coach after the 2008 season, Danny Hope will replaced Joe Tiller whoâ€™s been there since 1997.
The NHL’s Western Conference once again figures to be very top heavy. The Nashville Predators will be looking to build on their playoff trip last season and improve this year. The San Jose Sharks have enough talent on the roster and the top notch goaltending needed to be series Cup contenders. Two more teams that should be dangerous met in the playoffs last season, the Anaheim Ducks and the Dallas Stars. And of course, those pesky Detriot Red Wings, no matter how old they seem, arenâ€™t going anywhere anchored by their young stars Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.
And the Capitals arenâ€™t the only team that will be starting this NHL season with a new coach than they had to start the last season. The Los Angeles Kings, Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders all are bringing in new coaches to start the year. One of the biggest names on the move was Ron Wilson going to the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team desperate to get their act together and out of obscurity.
Two perennial NBA contenders and always exciting watches, the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns have new coaches. Dallas got rid of Avery Johnson and brought in former Pistons and Pacers headman Rick Carlisle. The team is still trying to get out of a mental funk from blowing the NBA Finals against the Heat and then being ousted in the first round of the basketball playoffs by the 8th seeded Warriors. The Suns parted with Mike Dâ€™Antoni and bring in former player Terry Porter, hoping to add some discipline and toughness to the run and gunners.