I posted this in the thread about McDaniels being the next hot head coaching prospect, but it kind of got lost amongst other debates - and I think it is a legit question and deserves a thread of its own, so here goes: It would seem to me that if NFL GM's have any brains (debatable in some cases), they wouldn't be in such a hurry to hire Patriots assistants as head coaches. I mean, BB's ex-lieutenants haven't exactly covered themselves with glory, have they? Romeo might or might not save his job after two horrible seasons in Cleveland. Mangini started out like gangbusters against a cupcake schedule but that is starting to look like a fluke as the Jets start his second year 1-4. Charlie is taking heavy fire at Notre Dame as his Fighting Irish lose their first 5 games in this, his 3rd year. ND fans are wondering why Charlie got a long term deal when Ty Willingham had a better record at this point in his tenure. Granted, that isn't an NFL team but generally guys who have coached at both levels do better in college - think Pete Carroll, Steve Spurrier, Butch Davis, etc. And what about Nick Saban, who was BB's DC in Cleveland? He didn't exactly save the day for the Dolphins, did he? So I ask again, why are NFL GM's so eager to hire any warm body with "worked under BB" on his resume, when none of them have really panned out yet? The natural assumption is that because the Patriots have been so successful in the BB era, that any assistant is going to be able to reproduce the magic somewhere else. The evidence indicates otherwise. Sooner or later the other GM's will figure that out.