5 NFL Head Coaches on the Hot Seat During Training Camp
5 NFL Head Coaches on the Hot Seat during Training Camp
NFL training camp. It's the time of year where Super Bowl contenders are first put together like Voltron. It's where starting jobs are won and lost and where some veteran players find themselves surprisingly out of the league. It's the only bit of professional football that us fans who crave the sport so eagerly desire. With the regular season still a month away and players just really getting into the thick of things with their respective clubs, all one can do at this point is wait and speculate about who will stay or who will go.
For players around the league, these next few weeks will dictate a range of things from if a player will bust into the starting lineup or if a player won't make it past final cut. Now, if this is a high pressure situation for players league-wide just imagine how painful and stressful it is for NFL head coaches. So as Jerry Glanville so elegantly stated, “the NFL stands for, Not For Long.”
After the end of the 2012 season, there were seven coaching vacancies, including the 10-6 Chicago Bears somewhat unexpectedly ending the tenure of Lovie Smith. And in each case, the organization that made the change did so for one sole purpose: to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.
And without a meaningful game being played there are quite a few owners that might be looking at their current head coach and thinking that if this isn't the season of success than this might be their head man's last year on their sideline.
5. Ron Rivera
With a player like Cam Newton on the team (as well as veteran wide out Steve Smith), defensive-minded head coach Ron Rivera needs to have his team show major improvements on both sides of the ball or else the 2013 season may in fact be his last on the Carolina Panthers.
4. Mike Munchak
A former Houston Oilers draft pick back in 1982, Mike Munchak was brought in for stability. But now entering into his third season as the Tennessee Titans head coach, the team in the Nashville need to have a major playoff push this season in order to ensure Munchak's job.
3. Jim Schwartz
With a lineup that includes gunslinger, Matthew Stafford at quarterback, newly signed Reggie Bush at running back as well as defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and all-worldly receiver Calvin Johnson, Jim Schwartz needs to show and prove that he can coach this collection of stars. It's easy to see him on somebody's NFL pre-game show talking about this same Detriot Lions team.
2. Rex Ryan
This is a given. With a completely new GM with the New York Jets, Ryan has to prove that he can not only coach up the defense but can do the same with the (possibly) Mark Sanchez led offense.
1. Jason Garrett
Some would say that Jason Garrett should have been fired at the end of last season. Now entering into the 2013 season, Garrett has already lost his offensive play-calling abilities, so if he doesn't prove his worth in big D, he'll be looking for work elsewhere.