A Pick 6 of coaches on the hot seat

If the Indianapolis Colts blow the No. 1 pick in next year’s
draft with their astonishing end-of-season winning streak, owner
Jim Irsay has all the ammunition he needs to dismiss coach Jim
Caldwell.

How dare he rally his troops to finish with a flourish and blow
a chance at drafting quarterback Andrew Luck, aka as the next John
Elway?

It was bad enough Caldwell’s Colts ran out to a 0-13 mark and
all but clinched the No. 1 pick. The record alone was enough for
firing consideration. Now this: After a second straight win, the
Colts (2-13) allowed the Rams (2-12) and Vikings (2-12) into the
race to see who can lose their way to the top pick.

Will this turnaround help or hurt Caldwell’s job status? Only
Irsay knows for sure.

As if you hadn’t guessed by now, this week’s Pick Six is coaches
on the hot seat – Caldwell excluded (we think he’ll be back) as
well as already fired coaches Jack Del Rio, Tony Sparano and Todd
Haley.

-Chan Gailey, Bills: Has any team come undone more than the
Bills? After a 5-2 start, it’s been all downhill for the boys from
Buffalo. A seven-game losing streak has them out of the playoffs
for the 12th straight season. On Saturday, Gailey’s guys get a look
at Tebow Time. Or will it be Gailey Time?

-Raheem Morris, Bucs: Yes! The Bucs have been as bad as the
Bills. After winning 10 games last season, Morris was being tagged
as a can’t-miss coach, about to lead his young team to the playoffs
in 2011 with QB Josh Freeman at the helm. A 4-2 start has been
wiped out by an eight-game losing streak and now Morris’ status is
in jeopardy.

-Steve Spagnuolo, Rams: Granted, there have been a bunch of
injuries, but so what? A defensive-minded coach has one of the
league’s weakest defenses (21st overall), and an offense (30th
overall) averaging all of 11.9 points per game under a
not-always-healthy quarterback Sam Bradford.

-Leslie Frazier, Vikings: Doesn’t it seem like after every loss,
Frazier says he’s not coaching well enough? OK. So why is he still
the coach? Is this season an audition? Donovan McNabb didn’t work.
Neither did anything else. And, star running back Adrian Peterson
got hurt in the process. Frazier is likely to get another year, but
this season seemed lost from the start.

-Andy Reid, Eagles: Even if Philly (6-8) makes the playoffs
(that’s how bad the NFC East is), it sure appears it’s time for a
new coach. Yes, Reid has led his team to nine playoff appearances,
six NFC East titles, five conference championship games and one
Super Bowl in his first 12 seasons. But his dream team was supposed
to be much better than this. It isn’t, and maybe this time the boo
birds might have it right.

– Norv Turner, Chargers: Don’t let this late-season surge fool
you. A rare quick start for the Chargers deteriorated into a
six-game losing streak followed by a three-game winning streak,
leaving San Diego a long shot to make the playoffs. A loss to the
Lions on Saturday could mean the end of Turner after five mostly
disappointing seasons.

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