Monday, August 22, 2011

How the Denver Broncos and HP have a lot more in common than you thought

As much as the two situations may seem unrelated, the fix that Denver Broncos head coach John Fox finds himself in relates a lot to the fix that HP President and CEO Leo Apotheker found himself in when he took over after Mark Hurd's resignation. They are, or were, saddled with something they probably wouldn't have "acquired" if they had been "in place" just a short time before.

GelaSkins - Protection with Style. Not Bulk. In the case of John Fox, it's Tim Tebow. At the time of the 2010 NFL draft, the head coach of the Denver Broncos, Josh McDaniels, traded up to get Florida QB and one-time Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow in the first round. Granted, Tebow was a late first round pick, but the fact that he was a first round pick put the Broncos in an uncomfortable position, made worse by the fact that quite a few Broncos fans want to see Tebow play, rather than Kyle Orton.

In other words, John Fox has been saddled with a player he probably wouldn't have drafted if it were his choice. We won't discuss the pros and cons of Tebow, but quite a few experts feel he doesn't have what it takes to be a starting NFL QB.

According to Daring Fireball, much the same can be said of Leo Apotheker. Jon Gruber said,

"Palm wasn’t Apotheker’s acquisition. It was Hurd’s. And the PC business wasn’t why Apotheker took the job. Apotheker’s acquisition was announced this week, coincident with the news that HP wants out of the PC and device business: Autonomy — a company I’d never heard of before but which more or less sounds like a rival to SAP.

CompUSA Best Sellers"I suppose Apotheker gave the Palm/WebOS guys a chance, and let them get the TouchPad on the market. But apparently their chance was a one-strike-and-you’re-out opportunity to gain traction in the market immediately. But the TouchPad didn’t get any traction immediately, so, boom, that’s it, Apotheker is done with them. Apotheker simply never had any interest in the consumer market or product development. My guess is that he planned on getting HP out of the hardware business all along, and Palm, at best, was an afterthought. If he’d been named HP’s CEO six months earlier, they never would have acquired Palm in the first place."

It makes sense. Since it's been noted that webOS was put onto an iPad, where it ran twice as fast, it might also be that Apotheker rushed out the TouchPad, in hopes that it would fail.

Now, will Fox rush out Tebow, for the same reason? Even if he doesn't will Tebow end up discarded, like the TouchPad. Time will tell.

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