It’s that time of the year!!! Just 2 weeks left of regular season football and that head coach hot seat is definitely warming up. This season we have plenty of candidates……one of them being Rod Marinelli, who COULD be fired because the Lions have lost every game this season.
Eric Mangini (New York Jets) - Potentially on the hot seat if the Jets fail to make the post-season. For now I think he’s safe considering this is his 2nd season with a winning record with just 3 seasons under his belt.
Tony Sparano (Miami Dolphins) - Absolutely not, he is not on the hot seat.
Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) - See above.
Dick Jauron (Buffalo Bills) - I really don’t care that the Bills were dumb enough to give Mr. 7-9 a 3 year contract extension, his butt is burning. Remember the Bills were Super Bowl contenders after week 5? Now they’re out of post-season contention and are 0-5 in their division after HE called arguable one of the dumbest plays in Bills history. Only Jauron can think JP Losman can come through in the clutch and completely ignore his fully-functioning running game. Once upon a time the Bills we the dominant AFC team in the 90’s, now Jauron has got them getting no more than 7 wins every year.
Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers) - Why? They’re a Super Bowl contender.
John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens) - Nope.
Romeo Crennel (Cleveland Browns) - The 10-6 season was a facade, Crennel is on the hot seat. For a supposed defensive guru the Browns sure aren’t doing anything to try and get out of the bottom half of the league in any defensive category. I’m quite sure he and a good chunk of his staff are fired after this season.
Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals) - There’s a sinking ship and Marv is the captain. Throw him overboard!
Jeff Fisher (Tennessee Titans) - Nope.
Tony Dungy (Indianapolis Colts) - He is on the way out anyway because he’s retiring so…….nope.
Gary Kubiak (Houston Texans) - A possible winning season for an expansion team means….nope.
Jack Del Rio (Jacksonville Jaguars) - There is way too much talent for this team to fail to string together back-to-back seasons. Del Rio has pretty much lost control of the team and it’s time to move in a new direction, in my opinion.
Mike Shanahan (Denver Broncos) - As long as Pat Bowlen is owner then Shanahan is safe. Also, they’re probably going to win the division so…..nope.
Norv Turner (San Diego Chargers) - Norv Turner seriously destroys every team he coaches. Turner is a much better coordinator than a head coach, and his claim to fame last season was winning playoff games with Marty Schottenheimer’s team.
Tom Cable (Oakland Raiders) - He is an interim and he probably has no shot at being a permanent head coach.
Herm Edwards (Kansas City Chiefs) - As Carl Peterson goes, so does Herman Edwards. You play to win the game!!!! Too bad Herm doesn’t practice what he preaches.
Tom Coughlin (New York Giants) - Nope.
Wade Phillips (Dallas Cowboys) - It is Jerry Jones, and he can pull the trigger. This was the team that was supposed to waltz into the Super Bowl and now they may end up missing the playoffs. By all means he is on the hot seat.
Andy Reid (Philadelphia Eagles) - This winning streak is all fine and dandy but it may all be for naught. I think it’s been made clear by the media and Eagles fans across the country that Walrus is in trouble.
Jim Zorn (Washington Redskins) - He is probably on the hot seat but I think it is totally unwarranted. Defensive coordinator Greg Blache on the other hand should be in trouble. What do you mean you don’t prepare for trick plays?
Brad Childress (Minnesota Vikings) - He’s held off the hot seat for now with their great run to 1st place in the division. Of course if they somehow choke and lose the division (and the playoff spot) then I think he should be back on.
Lovie Smith (Chicago Bears) - I said “yes” earlier this year before I realized that offensive coordinator Ron Turner is not really good at his job. If something does not work over and over again (Jason McKie up the middle from the 1) then you should take it out of the playbook. Smith is fine, especially if they win the division.
Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers) - It’s obvious that the Packers are going to have to rebuild the front 4 of their defense so that they can stop collapsing towards the end of games. McCarthy should stay.
Rod Marinelli (Detroit Lions) - Take a wild guess.
John Fox (Carolina Panthers) - Nope.
Jon Gruden (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Why am I tempted to say yes? If they don’t make the playoffs and lose out this would be the 6th season in a row in which they either fail to make the playoffs or lose their first playoff game when they do make it. It’s too close to call, I’m going to say he is not on the hot seat.
Mike Smith (Atlanta Falcons) - Not a chance.
Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints) - Not this year…
Ken Whisenhunt (Arizona Cardinals) - HAHA!!! No.
Mike Singletary (San Francisco 49ers) - Bill Walsh called Singletary earlier this week and said he should be the new permanent head coach.
Mike Holmgren (Seattle Seahawks) - Lame duck coaches are not on the hot seat. Incompetent defensive coordinators (John “Off Coverage on 3rd and 1″ Marshall) SHOULD be.
Jim Haslett (St. Louis Rams) - He may be fired even though he is an interim. The Rams are actually playing worse than with Scott Linehan even with their 2 wins this season.
You’ve got 11 coaches on the hot seat. We will revisit this post when all of the firings and resignations have been made and see how accurate I am.