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How ‘reports’ are turning the NFL coaching carousel into even more of a joke

In this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) stands by head coach Bill Belichick during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Foxborough, Mass. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is also seen in the middle.
In this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) stands by head coach Bill Belichick during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Foxborough, Mass. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is also seen in the middle. AP

So, let me get this straight.

If I were to go by “reporting,” the New York Giants are on to their fourth coach in just over a month.

Ben McAdoo was fired Dec. 4. Since then – or more specifically, since the season ended – rumors have been flying about coaches coming and going.

But it’s absolutely out of control.

I admit, with all the chaos, my perspective of time has gotten a little blurry.

However, I’m pretty sure that Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia and now Pat Shurmur have all been anointed the new head coach of the Giants in the past couple weeks.

It was expected by many that the New England Patriots – fresh off, yes, a “report” of turmoil between Tom Brady, Belichick and Robert Kraft – would break up, and “The Hoodie” would build his next dynasty with the Giants.

It all made sense, pundits explained. New York is where he made his rise through the coaching ranks en route to his first head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns. While that didn’t go so well, it eventually led to him becoming the head coach in New England, where he has thrived since 2000.

Now, though, it only makes sense that he would want to return to New York, right?

Well, those “reports” evaporated rather quickly.

Then it was “reported” that Patricia to the Giants was all but a done deal. Well, now the Patriots’ defensive coordinator is “reportedly” linked to the Detroit Lions’ opening, though he has refused to talk about it.

Now it’s Shurmur’s turn. NFL.com reports that the Giants are expected to hire Shurmur, currently the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive coordinator.

This just shows that New York alone has had a coaching carousel.

And that’s just one of 32 teams.

This has gotten ridiculous.

I understand the rat race out there to break news before everything else. Trust me, we live it here too.

But – as has been shown by some media organizations garnering a bad rap over the years – getting the news right is extremely important as well.

I’ve personally been in situations where I had to sit on news I was able to gather before anyone else because of a policy of not using anonymous sources. And on those occasions, they were trusted sources and the news came to fruition, just as the source had said.

But there’s part of me that is happy to be working under the safer policy.

These NFL “reports” clearly show all the flaws in anonymous source reporting.

It’s a joke.

Another “report” Monday had Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels expected to go to the Indianapolis Colts. I heard that news right after hearing that he was likely to be headed to Tennessee after the Titans’ unexpected parting with Mike Mularkey.

Yet, hardly any of this stuff is set in stone as of now.

As I sit here and hope that anyone but the Patriots wins the Super Bowl, I also find myself wanting to see the New England coaching staff stay intact – just in hopes that it could simmer this “reporting” that has gotten out of control.

As a Cincinnati Bengals fan, my jaw about dropped upon hearing that Marvin Lewis – the unfireable one – had signed a two-year extension with the team earlier this month. I was especially surprised because he had “reportedly” been on his way out for like two weeks before that.

The irony in all this is that I’m now feeling somewhat content with Lewis hanging around. He’s been good, but not great. He’s had good years, but can’t seem to win a playoff game.

Then again, things were much worse in the Queen City before he arrived.

With the NFL coaching carousel becoming such a circus, I can at least say one thing that is comforting.

I know who my coach is.

Not many fans can say that right now.

David Wetzel: 843-626-0295, @MYBSports

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