Pick six of NFL coaches on the hot seat
Three weeks left in the season, three coaches already long gone:
Wade Phillips, Brad Childress and Josh McDaniels.
The line likely forms in Carolina, where coach John Fox started
the season as a lame duck and his Panthers have been flat-out lame,
with one victory in 13 games. His status appears to be well beyond
the hot seat, as in some sort of NFL purgatory.
He won’t be the only coach out the door when the season ends.
It’s shaping up as an offseason with the potential for major
There is hope for another chance for some on this Pick Six list
of coaches on the hot seat, but not much:
– Jeff Fisher, Titans: Finishing up his 16th season in
Tennessee, there is a difference of opinion between owner Bud Adams
and Fisher regarding Vince Young. The QB has not panned out the way
Adams envisioned, is out for the season with a thumb injury, and
the Titans have dropped six in a row. Seems like Fisher has just
about had it, especially if Adams insists on sticking with Young. A
resignation, firing, dismissal – whatever it’s called – appears
imminent, and look for Fisher to show up somewhere else as a head
coach next season – if he wants to.
About his future, Fisher is saying this: ”I’m under contract.
As I’ve said numerous times, I hope to finish my career here.”
– Mike Singletary, 49ers: Not many believed when he said his
team still had a chance at the playoffs despite an 0-5 start, but
the 49ers (5-8) are a game out of first place in the horrid NFC
West. Whether they make the playoffs or not (a win over the
Chargers on Thursday night is a tall order), Singletary’s days
appear to be numbered unless QB Alex Smith finishes with a flourish
and the 49ers win the division.
– Gary Kubiak, Texans: With QB Matt Schaub and RB Arian Foster
leading the way, all seemed rosy early on for Kubiak’s crew.
However, the defense ranks 29th of 32 teams, and is last in pass
defense. A year after guiding the team to its first winning season
(9-7), Kubiak had high hopes for 2010, but the Texans have lost six
of their last seven and are on the verge of being eliminated from
playoff contention. Kubiak’s contract extension through 2012 may
not make it to 2011.
– Eric Mangini, Browns: Yes, there have been five wins for the
Manginis, but has there been much progress? And is there really
anything exciting about this team? With injuries to all of his
quarterbacks throughout the season, it’s a wonder Mangini has
someone to call signals each week. Yes, RB Peyton Hillis has been
terrific. But if this indeed was a one-year audition for team
president Mike Holmgren, it may not be enough for Mangini to get
– Marvin Lewis, Bengals: Champs of the AFC North last year,
perhaps the worst Bengals squad ever this year. The losing streak
has reached 10 and a loss to the Browns on Sunday would set a club
record. Lewis already has turned down a contract extension, and can
walk away from this mess in a few more weeks. Look for him to do
so, and then get hired to fill one of the soon-to-be many
vacancies, either as coach of defensive coordinator.
– Leslie Frazier, Vikings, and Eric Studesville, Broncos: The
thinking is Jason Garrett will be the permanent replacement for
Phillips, with the Cowboys reverting to competitive form with a 3-2
record since he’s taken over. The verdict is not in on Frazier, who
is 2-1 since being chosen as interim coach. Of course, he’ll always
be known as Brett Favre’s coach when the quarterback’s record
starts streak ended Monday. At Denver, if owner Pat Bowlen decides
he doesn’t want to pay three coaches tons of money (he still owes
Mike Shanahan and McDaniels), the little-known Studesville has a
chance. Otherwise, it’s 23 skidoo. In addition, Bowlen may want an
experienced coach for this massive rebuilding project.