NFL teams don’t have very long attention spans when it comes to keeping head coaches around. Sure, there are exceptions like Bill Belichick, Marvin Lewis and Mike McCarthy, but that's becoming increasingly rare. A lack of patience from the front office, fans and owners forces coaches to produce regardless of the talent of their teams. This season, there are several on the hot seat, as is the case every year. Some could be fired midseason, while others will likely make it to the end of the 2016 campaign only to be canned afterward. Here are five coaches on the hot seat.
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Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions
The Lions seem to be in constant turmoil. Since 2008, they’ve had just one more winning season than they’ve had 0-16 seasons, which isn’t good to say the least. Caldwell hasn’t done much to change the trend despite leading the Lions to an 11-5 record and a playoff spot in 2014. Detroit seriously underachieved last season under Caldwell, which has led him to be placed firmly on the hot seat. Players, ownership and the front office are tired of being a bottom-feeding franchise that has made the playoffs just twice since 2000. Not to mention, Caldwell wasn’t hired by new general manager Bob Quinn, who could be looking to make his mark by hiring a coach of his own. Caldwell has to put together a stellar season and prove he can motivate his players, though that will be difficult with the lack of talent on both sides of the ball. The Lions gave him one more shot in the offseason, and he has to take full advantage of it.
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Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers
The Chargers were a huge disappointment last season, finishing with a 4-12 record under McCoy. That came after back-to-back 9-7 seasons despite having mostly the same personnel and the addition of first-round running back Melvin Gordon – who was terrible in his own right. McCoy has brought little excitement or success to San Diego in the past three seasons, and there’s little reason to believe that will change in 2016. The city wants a new stadium, and fielding a team that has gone 22-26 since 2013 won’t help the case. The Chargers could very well be looking for a new coach after this season if McCoy fails to meet expectations.
Jeff Fisher, Los Angeles Rams
For some reason, Fisher gets a pass for being mediocre throughout his career and even worse with the Rams. Fisher hasn’t led a team to a winning record since he did it with the Titans in 2008 and has endured five straight losing seasons – four of which have come with the Rams. Now in Los Angeles, the Rams need to get off to a good start and show the city they can compete in the NFC – or at least in the West. No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff is the future (not the present), and Todd Gurley is as good as they come at running back. Fisher just needs to game plan and win around those two pieces. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem likely given the lack of talent around Gurley. The front office has been patient with Fisher, but if he can’t get off the 7-9 train soon, he’ll be out of a job in sunny LA.
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Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills
Ryan has had a mere one season in Buffalo, but his seat is certainly getting warm. He’s never been one that shies from making bold claims, which has undoubtedly backfired time after time. It did just a few months ago when he declared the Bills had won the offseason, only to see his team fall apart due to injuries, off-field issues and suspensions. Now, it’s almost to the point where Ryan and the Bills have to make the playoffs – or at least contend for a spot – or he could be out. Last season, his team took a step backward in just about every statistical category even though he returned most of the Bills’ 11 defensive starters from 2014, when they led the league in sacks. In 2015, they were 31st, partly due to Ryan’s scheme. Ryan has a promising quarterback, a stout running game and a star receiver -- and that means he's expected to make a run at the postseason.
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Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts signed Chuck Pagano to a four-year extension in January, so it doesn’t seem likely he’d be fired. However, the relationship between he and general manager Ryan Grigson doesn’t seem like one that can last much longer. The Colts and owner Jim Irsay have stood by Pagano for the most part during his tenure in Indianapolis, but this season will be telling of his true ability to lead. Last season was a mess that was no fault of his own due to Andrew Luck’s injury, but there were questions about his late-game decisions and coaching ability. Those would seem unwarranted given his past success with the Colts, but the relationship with Grigson and Irsay remains a hurdle Pagano has to get past. A healthy Luck and an improved offensive line should certainly help that.