The day after Tom Brady spent the AFC championship game being harried by the Denver Broncos defense, the offensive line coach of the New England Patriots, Dave Deguglielmo, was sacked himself and fired by the team. Mind you, this is the same offensive line coach that was part of a team that finished 12-4 in the regular season and won the Super Bowl last year. If nothing else, you can’t say the Patriots don’t take results seriously, and when they don’t reach their goals someone will be held accountable.
The Patriots are unquestionably a successful franchise, but when it comes to accountability they are like most sports teams. If the wins don’t come, heads will roll. Since 2014 approximately one out of three baseball managers were replaced in Major League Baseball, and in the National Football League that number is even higher for head coaches. Most of the coaches fired weren’t incompetent but were dismissed because they couldn’t fulfill the organizational goals.