Team: Jacksonville Seasons: 3 (11-33; zero playoff appearances) 2015 record: 4-8 Comment: One can argue Bradley deserves another season considering the personnel mess that he and general manager Dave Caldwell inherited when being hired in 2013. Bradley also received a midseason vote of confidence from team owner Shad Khan. But such sentiment can fade if the Jaguars don’t finish the season strong after squandering the chance to remain in the playoff hunt with losses the past two weeks to lesser squads in San Diego (3-9) and Tennessee (3-9).
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10: Chip Kelly
Team: Philadelphia Seasons: 3 (25-19; one playoff appearance) 2015 record: 5-7 Comment: With the major head-coaching vacancies already filled, speculation about Kelly leaving back to the college ranks in 2016 can end. The more pertinent question now is whether Eagles owner Jeff Lurie wants Kelly to return. Lurie gave Kelly power over personnel decisions only to see Philadelphia regress from the 10-win seasons posted the past two years. Lurie also must ask himself whether the offensive philosophy that brought Kelly so much success at the University of Oregon can work at the NFL level with the unit having regressed in 2015.
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9: Sean Payton
Team: New Orleans Seasons: 10 (84-56; five playoff appearances, one Super Bowl title) 2015 record: 4-8 Comment: Although the most successful coach in Saints history, Payton looks like he’s in over his head not only this season but beyond. New Orleans has another salary-cap mess looming in 2016, which will make it difficult to plug all of the holes that have sprung on the NFL’s 32nd-ranked defense. There also is the question of how long quarterback Drew Brees can continue to play at a high level as he turns 37 in January. Rumors of Payton seeking to make his way out of New Orleans after the 2015 campaign have swirled since early this season. Something to consider: The Saints would likely be able to fetch a high draft pick from a team interested in Payton’s services.
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8: Jim Caldwell
Team: Detroit Seasons: Two (15-13; one playoff appearance) 2015 record: 4-8 Comment: Caldwell’s two years in Detroit are a rollercoaster. After an 11-5 season in 2014, the Lions got off to such a bad start this year (1-7) that three key members of the organization -- general manager Martin Mayhew, team president Tom Lewand and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi -- were fired. Detroit then went on a three-game winning streak before last week’s devastating loss to Green Bay on a Hail Mary pass. That debacle and subsequent end to Detroit’s playoff hopes may not bode well for Caldwell depending upon whether team ownership allows the new general manager to make his own decision about who will be head coach in 2016.
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7: Tom Coughlin
Team: New York Giants Seasons: 12 (101-87; five playoff appearances, two Super Bowl titles) 2015 record: 5-7 Comment: Two big factors to consider here -- whether the Giants reach the playoffs for the first time since their Super Bowl-winning season of 2011 and if the 69-year-old Coughlin wants to keep coaching after another trying season. Injuries and personnel deficiencies have contributed to New York’s current record but questionable coaching decisions have led to the Giants blowing five fourth-quarter leads and squandering the chance to take control of the NFL’s worst division.
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6: Chuck Pagano
Team: Indianapolis Seasons: Four (39-21; three playoff appearances) 2015 record: 6-6 Comment: It will take two to tango for Pagano to return. Pagano is in the final year of his contract and may be looking to move elsewhere because of philosophical differences with general manager Ryan Grigson. Colts owner Jim Irsay also must decide how strongly he wants to keep Pagano or Grigson once this season ends. Pagano won’t lack for suitors if he leaves. After inheriting the team with the NFL’s worst record in 2011, Pagano immediately led Indianapolis into the postseason in his first year and the Colts have advanced further in the playoffs each season since. Although they haven’t played like the Super Bowl contender projected heading into the 2015 campaign, Indianapolis currently holds the inside track for a fourth straight AFC South title.
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5: Mike McCoy
Team: San Diego Seasons: Three (21-23; one playoff appearance) 2015 record: 3-9 Comment: The Chargers gave general manager Tom Telesco a three-year contract extension prior to the 2015 season. McCoy didn’t receive such job security despite having led San Diego to winning records for two straight seasons and helping to revive quarterback Philip Rivers’ slumping career upon his 2013 hiring. A large part of San Diego’s woes this season are injury related and the failure of 2015 first-round pick Melvin Gordon to make the immediate impact expected at running back. Still, McCoy may take the fall as the Chargers head toward their worst season since 2003 in what may very well be the franchise’s final season in San Diego.
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4: Dan Campbell
Seasons: Interim head coach 2015 record: 4-4 Comment: Only five years removed from being an NFL coaching intern following a decade-long pro career at tight end, Campbell was thrust into the difficult position of replacing the fired Joe Philbin in Week 5. After winning his first two games, the Dolphins (5-7) have leveled off and are unlikely to reach the postseason. He may have a future as an NFL head coach -- those who have worked with Campbell praise his skill coaching tight ends and relating to players -- but it probably won’t be with the Dolphins as top football executive Mike Tannenbaum seems likely to pursue a more experienced candidate to get Miami back in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
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3: Mike Mularkey
Team: Tennessee Seasons: Interim head coach 2015 record: 2-3 Comment: Mularkey was promoted from assistant head coach/tight ends in Week 9 when Ken Whisenhunt was fired just 1 1/2 seasons into his head-coaching tenure. The ongoing development of rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota speaks well of Mularkey and the staff he inherited. But there also is the belief in NFL circles that the Titans will have bigger names and more established coaches interested in the job because of the appeal in working with a young talent like Mariota. Mularkey, 16-32 in his previous head coaching jobs with Buffalo (2004-05) and Jacksonville (2012), likely needs a strong finish from the Titans this season to garner serious consideration for the position in 2016.
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2: Mike Pettine
Team: Cleveland Seasons: Two (9-19; zero playoff appearances) 2015 record: 2-10 Comment: The Browns remain a train wreck with the league’s worst record and season-long headaches caused by the antics of second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel. The defense -- which is the area Pettine specialized in before being hired -- is also dreadful with the Browns ranking 31st in points (28.9) and 28th in yards allowed (398.8) per game. Pettine himself referenced discord inside the Browns organization earlier this week following a seventh straight loss, which reflects the behind-the-scenes dysfunction that has helped cause this mess. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam already has fired three head coaches since buying the team in 2012. Nobody would be shocked if Pettine became the fourth.
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1: Jeff Fisher
Team: St. Louis Seasons: Four (24-35-1; zero playoff appearances) 2015 record: 4-8 Comment: After losing five straight, the Rams are headed to their 11th consecutive season without a playoff berth. The offense is an even bigger mess than when Fisher arrived as first-year coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. was fired earlier this week with the unit ranked 31st in yardage and scoring. As reflected by comments from two coaches whose teams played the Rams (Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer), Fisher also has come under increasing fire for fielding a defense that some believe crosses the line with cheap shots and illegal blows to the head. With the franchise’s return to Southern California a strong possibility in 2016, Rams owner Stan Kroenke may want to start over with his football staff as well.