Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Gee, thanks, man

Two weeks after not taking Reggie Bush first overall, Charley Casserly has resigned as GM of the Houston Texans. Maybe you should have quit before you screwed up a once-in-a-generation chance - especially since it was widely-rumored for months that you were going to interview for a spot in the league office anyway.

Not that I have much sympathy for Bob McNair, the owner who didn't fire him when it was obvious that he was not really interested in leaving behind a clean slate for his successor. You know, like it was his job or something.

"Casserly defended the decision on Wednesday, promising the Texans would quickly improve."

You were 2-14 last season. Improving isn't really that high a bar to clear, is it? Especially when you don't mean winning more games: ' "Our record is what our record is," Casserly said. "But I think this ballclub will make a dramatic jump this year in caliber of play. Eventually, the wins will come." '

Of course, Mike Milbury has been doing the same thing all season for the Islanders, giving up the GM post months ago but still running the team, making trades, and even choosing his own replacement. Y'know, a guy like Bill Walsh earns the right to do something like that - but Casserly and Milbury? I almost wish that Steinbrenner owned the Isles, he at least cares about fielding a great team and competing every season. Uh, Boss, I know we tanked the past month, and I'm rumored to be in every job from Altoona to Vancouver, but would you mind much if I drafted poorly and hosed the team's salary structure before I resign? Great!

You think that dog would hunt?

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