The turnover at the head coach position in the NFL has become as much a part of the game as the draft and free agency, and every year an old crop of bench bosses is replaced by a new set eager to get their new franchise on the right track. However, for as much as hiring and firings have become a part of the game, there are still some coaches that the NFL would rather forget were ever branded with the shield. Yes, Jim Zorn and Lane Kiffin struggled during their only head coaching stints with the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders, but even they aren’t as bad as the following threesome. Bobby Petrino, Cam Cameron, and Rod Marinelli are the three head coaches that most NFL fans have either already forgotten or wish that they could, a 5Dimes fact enforced by their combined 14-63 NFL record.
While 10 of those 14 wins came from Marinelli, he is still the only coach in that group to suffer a winless season as the Detroit Lions went 0-16 under his watch. The worst part about it was that Lions’ team wasn’t as bad as its record indicated, and many times it seemed as though they were going to be able to pull out a win only to fall short. Petrino is the only coach in this group not to coach an entire NFL betting season, as after a 3-10 start with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 he bolted to coach again at the college level, and we all know how that has turned out. However, perhaps the worst head coach of this group is Cameron, who coached the Miami Dolphins to a 1-15 record in his only season as the main man on the sidelines. Cameron has done an excellent job throughout his coaching career as an offensive coordinator, a job he currently holds with the Baltimore Ravens, but the awful sports betting performance he had with the Dolphins is more than enough proof that he did not have what it takes to be more than a coordinator at the NFL level.
Every year as the Pro Football Hall Of Fame selections are released, there are always the Betonline conversations that come up about the former players who never got in that should have had their day. One name that always seems to find its way in to those conversations is former Oakland Raiders’ quarterback Ken Stabler, whose accomplishments should have made him a lock to reach the HOF eventually according to most people. With such a strong list of accomplishments on his resume, more than some that actually are enshrined actually, it is amazing that Stabler never had his sports betting moment.
A four-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time All-Pro quarterback, NFL MVP, and a Super Bowl winner in 1976, Stabler did it all as the NFL betting quarterback of one of the league’s most storied franchises. Even more surprising is the fact that Stabler is on the All-Decade team for the 1970’s, which honors the best at each position for the 10-year period that it covers. To be called one of the best of his decade but not be in the Hall of Fame when other quarterbacks from that ERA are doesn’t make sense, even if championships weigh heavily in to the discussion. Terry Bradshaw, Bob Griese, Fran Tarkenton, and Roger Staubach made it in to the Hall of Fame from that era, yet only Bradshaw has credentials that are significantly better than Stabler. Ken Stabler may not be in the discussion as the best quarterback of all-time, but his resume is proof that he was among the best of his era, and for that reason he should be in the Hall of Fame.
Recognized as one of the better passers to ever play the game at any sports betting level, it only makes sense that Doug Williams has spent his entire life around the game of football. A first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 1978, Williams went on to do great things at the NFL level. The highlight of his career came when Williams became the first-ever black quarterback to play in the Super Bowl, which he promptly followed up by becoming the first black quarterback to win it. The Zachary, Louisiana-native led the Joe Gibbs’ coached Washington Redskins past John Elway and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVI, and it was Williams who was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 340 yards and four touchdowns. Injuries would eventually force him to retire, but even after being forced to quit playing in the NFL Williams has continued to be a part of the 5Dimes game he loves.
Now the head coach at Grambling State university the 57-year old Williams is passing on his knowledge and love for the game to the players and students that attend the school. A master motivator and leader, Williams has been a college scout, offensive coordinator, running backs coach, and even a coordinator of Pro Scouting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, coaching has been the role that Williams has loved most following his career as an NFL quarterback, and it is in that football betting position that he will continue to thrive in the game that he loves.
When it comes to the most popular sports betting event in the world, there is no doubt that the pressure of both friends and the media play an important role in the decisions of casual players. From the fans, to the players, the media, and the hundreds of millions of dollars that are wagered, the Super Bowl is easily the biggest of them all. However, with so much pressure and varying opinions the Super Bowl is also where players make the biggest mistakes, when they find out that most of what they thought they knew is actually wrong after all.
The pressure of betting around so many people can lead to players making an emotional bet, whether on their own or in arguing against a friend’s opinion. Most people have a strong opinion on how the game will play out, but it’s important to remain impartial when actually playing the Betonline wager. With all of the excitement leading up to the big game, and the two-week layoff from the conference championships to the Super Bowl, another mistake that players make is when they bet too soon. Unless there is the potential for a big line swing there is no reason to get in on the odds early, so patience is usually the best idea. Another thing to avoid is getting in on prop bets, a big waste when considering how often they are overplayed. The Super Bowl offers more prop bets for one game then some sports do for a whole weeks worth of action, and with so much conversation set around the game it is easy to get too caught up in overplaying them. The Super Bowl is the perfect example of a situation where players can get caught playing too much of their bankroll simply because of the popularity of the per head event, and when it becomes too much it’s wise to back off entirely.
Being a referee in a major professional sport is not an easy job. In fact, most casual sports betting fans can’t name five referees in each of the four major sports leagues in North America, and there is an obvious reason for it. Doing an effective job officiating at any level usually means staying out of the spotlight, as the only time referees are usually noticed is when they make a mistake. However, Ed Hochuli has built a reputation as one of the most popular referees in the NFL over the past 21 years for mostly the right reasons. While he has certainly has had his share of blunders since he started calling games in 1990, Hochuli is still one of the most respected officials in the NFL, as illustrated when he tied Mike Carey for most “best referee” votes in a poll conducted by ESPN in 2008.
At 61-years old, Hochuli is still easily recognized on the football field for his athletic physique and build uncharacteristic of an NFL referee. Dressed with the No. 85 on the back of his striped shirt, Hochuli is one of the best in the game at explaining his calls, and helping 5Dimes fans to understand exactly what is happening on the football field on any given play. While Hochuli has made his share of mistakes, he has always put himself out there with his outgoing character and personality, and has been rewarded for it by being granted numerous playoff games and two Super Bowls to referee. Bookies will remember calls like, “there was no foul on the play. It was not a hold. The defender was just overpowered”. With calls like that, and the massive biceps that bulge out of his shirt, Hochuli is a natural fit to gain a strong following, but he has always ensured that his high level of officiating takes presence over anything else.