Nah. Not trolling.
1) Richardson. What's been reported/speculated on is that Richardson didn't want to risk paying two coaching staffs in the event of a lockout, so he decided to let Fox work out his contract. It's also been reported/speculated that he gave the order to purge the rosters of veterans.Fox is a good coach, and so is Mike Holmgren. But both were terrible in their last years, in large part because it was well-known that it was their last year. Lame duck coaches almost never do well (at some point last year I actually looked up a bunch and provided stats on this board, it was ugly). Richardson was clearly done with Fox's consistency, he wants the big reward so he decided to take the big risk. And in doing so he gave Fox the kind of roster that goes against what he wants. So Fox was totally set up to fail.
2) No, unless it's down to the two teams again for the number one pick, in which case I hope Denver edges Carolina in the wins dept (Luck is going to be worth a LOT of picks). But I doubt either team picks in the top 5. I actually expect Denver to have a better record, just because they get to play Kansas City twice. But the personnel are different, and the schedules are different, that has little to do with the coaches.
3) Assuming that the scenario extends to the entire staff, Rivera would win more. Chud is way the hell better than Davidson, and how can you be worse than Scherer? Frankly, Rivera's staff is more teaching-oriented than Fox's was, which is what you need for a young team. And again, Fox was also stuck with the staff he could get, because who would go to work for a single year? Rumor has it that after the playoff loss, Fox privately told his staff that they should look around, it's not like it was some big secret. Does that mean I think Rivera is a better coach? Absolutely not, there's no real basis to compare the two yet. But I don't much care which coach is better, so long as Rivera wins more consistently and bigger. And having Newton may be the key to that.
Nice troll, BTW.
Told my buddy I was gonna put his comment online and see what happened. Also told him to watch out for flaming sacks of dog crap on his porch