Good Times Don't Last

November 21, 2005

Mike Martz (above) isn't the only coach to suffer a post--Super Bowl letdown. Call it the punitive effect of parity or simply bad luck, but times have not been kind to some of those who've led their teams to the NFL title game in this decade.

BRIAN BILLICK, Ravens (Super Bowl XXXV) As a Vikings assistant he earned a rep as an offensive mastermind, but his Ravens (2-7 this year) have ranked 26th or worse in offense each of the last three seasons.

JIM FASSEL, Giants (Super Bowl XXXV) New York fired him after a 4-12 season in 2003; this year he's the coordinator of Billick's offense, which isn't helping his résumé.

JON GRUDEN, Buccaneers (Super Bowl XXXVII) In the two seasons following Tampa Bay's NFL championship, the Bucs went 12-20, but Gruden seems to have righted the pirate ship in '05.

BILL CALLAHAN, Raiders (Super Bowl XXXVII) One year after its Super season Oakland went 4-12 and fired Callahan. He took over at Nebraska in '04 and had a 5-6 record, the Cornhuskers' worst since 1961. They're 6-4 in '05.

ANDY REID, Eagles (Super Bowl XXXIX) His reward for finally getting Philadelphia to the Super Bowl has been a year of TO tribulation; the Eagles have already lost more games this season than they did in all of 2004.

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