"Maybe those guys gotta study the rulebook and figure it out. We obviously knew what we were doing and we made some pretty important plays. It was a real good weapon for us." Those are the words of Tom Brady after yet another New England playoff win, a 35-31 much-too-close-for-comfort victory over upset-minded Baltimore. The Patriots, according to Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh, used "deception" at the line of scrimmage to confuse the officials into not allowing his team to substitute.
Black Monday in the NFL saw four more franchises fire their head coaches along with two general managers. Clearly there are situations where a head coach may have lost the ability to motivate his team or lost control of how to fix a losing situation and a change is needed. History shows however that stability at the coaching level is a key to success.