Originally Posted by TheMatrix31
"Rebuilding" is tearing it down and starting over and over and over again. You don't want to get into a cycle of tearing down and rebuilding over and over. That's what happens with the Browns, the Bills, the Lions (until the last two or three years), and other franchises that have losing cultures.
"Retooling" is different and it's something that good franchises have to do all the time, especially if they have a down year like we are this year. "Retooling" entails keeping what works and bolstering the rest. For us, we need a new coach and given that we've lost so many games by 7 points or less, it's mostly a coaching problem. Obviously, as I've said before, depth matters too.
Hit on a coach, bolster the depth, and we'll be ready to rock n' roll.
The problem is that when we bring in a new coach, he's almost definitely going to rebuild. He's going to bring in different philosophies and different requirements and that's going to mean different players.
To re-tool, you rarely bring in a new coach. The Cowboys did it with Switzer because he just came in and continued with what Johnson had built without changing anything. To re-tool with a new coach, you generally promote someone within the existing group of coaches that are with the team.
The Ravens have been able to keep a consistent culture because they've brought in coaches and promoted from within instead of going out and bringing new coaches in. The Steelers have done the same thing when they promoted Cowher from within but they also brought Tomlin in from the outside but they kept their existing group of coordinators.
We're going to get a brand new HC and he's going to bring in an entirely new compliment of coordinators and position coaches. And that means new philosophies and new players and that's a re-build.