Confession: One Thing I Wish I Had Done Differently

Have you ever looked back and wished you had done something different? As I look back on my playing and coaching career there are not many things I would do differently. I don’t have many regrets. I always tried to do what I thought was best at the time and try not to second guess. However, there is one decision I made as a head coach that was a mistake. If I could change the past, this one thing in particular, I would have done differently.

I made a decision in 1999 while coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to fire our offensive coordinator Mike Shula. He had done a great job for us and we were one game away from the Super Bowl when we lost. But our management wanted to make some changes. I did it, but I never felt good about the decision. Of all the things that happened in my twenty-eight years of coaching, if I were to change something, it would be not sticking up for my coaching staff enough. If I had it to do over again, I’d do it differently.

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