As the Seahawks Cornerback, Brandon Browner, gets suspended for PED's and the Lions' D-Line gets called dirty by Josh Sitton of the Packers, it makes you wonder why these same issues repeatedly happen on the same teams. Is it just bad personalities in the locker rooms, or is there a deeper reason for the problems?
As you know, there have been five Seahawks to be suspended since 2011, not including Browner for his second time. That's six suspensions under head coach Pete Carrol. While Carrol isn't a very popular coach, he's a winner, and there haven't been many controversies out of his locker room. He might just be a bit naive or clueless with the players in his locker room, but either way, that's not good. He should have his players under control and his teammates playing to win, instead of being "selfish" like Golden Tate stated this past week.
Then there's the infamous Dolphins' Richie Incognito/Johnathan Martin situation going on under the very obviously clueless Joe Philbin. Granted, both of these players have had personality issues in the past, Incognito especially, but the rest of the locker room is okay with how these players behaved. Yes, the locker room of a football team is a very different place from what any of us have ever seen. Apparently there are things you can say and do that are looked down on normally, but are allowed in the locker room. In my opinion, there shouldn't be things like that happening in ANY locker room, but the fact that Philbin was so clueless about even that, is ridiculous.
As for my biggest argument, I give you Jim Schwartz. He's the leader of one of the dirtiest teams in league. With Ndamukong Suh, aka The Dirtiest Player in the NFL, and his supporting crew, you can see how a coach can affect a team. Schwartz, who was about to fight another coach (Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers) over an aggressive hand shake, is a bad role model. It seems like he encourages being a dirty player. Suh never really gets punished, other than fines/suspensions from the NFL. Schwartz is an angry and aggressive man, and you can see it when he's on the sideline. All he wants is to get the job done. Frankly, I believe he's hurting the team more than helping. Especially when it comes to discipline.
These coaches are just a couple examples, and I'm sure there are plenty more out there. A couple good runner-ups would be Jim Harbaugh, Sean Payton, and on a more positive side, Bill Belichick.
Harbaugh is always yelling, like he's about to pop a vein, but he has a good handle on his team. Payton got suspended, along with a couple of his defensive players last year, due to his Bounty scandal. And Belichick takes some of the more dirty players and straightens them out and makes them more professional.