This has been discussed a million times. First, coach hiring is as easy, or horrible, as you make it. If you obsess over 2-3 points, it's going to be tough on you. At the BL level, there are TONS of capable coaches. Fretting over that 87 when there are ten 82s will age you quickly. Second, LT deals are another way for a spiteful, or just plain bad, owner to set back a franchise. Sign a bunch of horrible coaches to big money, long-term deals and you've wrecked a franchise for the forseeable future. Finally, if you abide by the "Don't worry about 3 points" rule, you don't have to check in every half-cycle. You'll be fine if you miss a couple.