By Chris SloneBy Alexander Hider
July 4, 2014
Chris Slone/Alex Hider
This week, the Milwaukee Bucks sent two second round draft choices — one in 2015 and the other in 2019 — to the Brooklyn Nets for head coach Jason Kidd. It’s not every day that a team trades its head coach, but it has happened in the past.
With that in mind, the Daily Times sports staff began contemplating different compensation scenarios for pro teams across the state of Ohio.
Which coach, in any sport, would you trade for and what would you surrender you acquire him?
I commend the job Marvin Lewis has done over his tenure in the Queen City but I believe it is time for a change and I would trade for the best coach in the NFL, which is Bill Belichick.
The New England Patriots wouldn’t accept the trade but I would sent a first round selection in 2015, a second rounder in 2015 and a second rounder in 2016.
The Patriots have won the AFC east every year since 2001, except for two seasons, and the last three years have ended in AFC Championship appearance, including one Super Bowl appearance.
Belichick has guided New England to five Super Bowls, winning three world championships. Most of the criticism Belichick endures has to do with Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady who is a first-ballot hall of famer. However, most people forget the 2008 season when Brady tore his ACL during the opening drive of the first game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
During that campaign, with backup Matt Cassel playing quarterback, Belichick guided New England to an 11-5 record.
Now, lets take a look at the Bengals and why Belichick’s system would work in Cincinnati. First, the defense has been rock solid over the past few seasons under the direction of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer who is now calling the shots in Minnesota.
The front seven — which refers to the defensive line and linebackers — is extremely solid. The position flexibility within the front seven would allow Belichick and his defensive staff to get very creative. The defensive backfield is a work in progress but there is enough talent on the back end to make the unit dangerous, health and age being the most serious concerns among the group.
As far as the offense goes, if Belichick can have success with Matt Cassel running his offense (an offense that Brady inevitably helped create) then Andy Dalton, who is more talented in every aspect than Cassel, should finally find the consistent success that Bengal fans long for.
I’d make this trade in a heart beat. It’s nothing against Lewis and company, but the Bengals deserve to hoist the Lombardi trophy.
Lately, it seems the Cleveland Cavaliers have been going through head coaches like used Kleenex. The Cavs recently hired their third coach in as many seasons, after firing former coach Mike Brown for the second time since 2010 on May 12.
With a young core of raw talent, Cleveland had some potential to make a deep playoff run in the Eastern Conference last season. But ongoing locker room feuds between All Star point guard Kyrie Irving and 2012 first-round Pick Dion Waiters dismantled the Cavaliers season before it could even get off the ground.
What the Cavs need is an experienced, strong-minded coach who will command respect in the locker room. And with a locker room of young players, a few championship rings wouldn’t hurt, either.
Phil Jackson fills all of these needs. He has the experience (20 seasons of head coaching experience), he’s dealt with locker room problems before (he won three championships with Shaq and Kobe soap oprea) and of course, he has the rings (11). And, with rumors continuing to swirl about LeBron James’ free agency plans, the Cavaliers would look much more attractive with Jackson at the helm.
Jackson hasn’t coached since 2011, but he was hired as President of the New York Knicks in March. No NBA team has ever traded for an executive before, so it would be tricky enough for the Cavaliers to acquire Jackson, much less convince him to return to coaching.
But if I were Cleveland GM David Griffin, I would give up any player short of Kyrie Irving to acquire a coach like Jackson. Almost no one would be safe, even this season’s top overall pick, Andrew Wiggins. A trade package of Wiggins and recent Cavalier signee Gordon Hayward, along with a couple of first round draft picks would certainly turn the Knicks’ head. New York would land a potential superstar and a budding role player, as well as some flexibility for the future.
Is a trade like this realistic? Of course not. But one can dream. What else do Cleveland sports fans have?
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