5 NFL Head Coaches on the Hot Seat Heading Into Week 4

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5 NFL HCs Whose Seats Are Heating Up

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We’re only four weeks into the 2013 NFL season and there are already several head coaches feeling the pressure to win – then again, that’s what happens when you start the year with a pitiful record.

While some seem to make a significant amount of sense, there are several candidates to get the ax who might seem like a surprise. The list includes several well-known coaches who carry quite a bit of clout in this league. These are the same coaches who have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy before and who were brought in to bring rings to their respective teams.

Meanwhile, others were hot-shot coordinators hired to turn around a team in shambles. Some were signed to extensions while others were recently brought on board in hopes that they could make the difference.

These coaches who are currently sitting on the hot seat have all taken different roads to get to where they are now. No matter how they got here, though, the important part for their sake is getting out of the hole and avoiding the ax. It’s still very early in the season, and a poor record through three weeks is far from a death sentence.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the five NFL head coaches currently sitting on the five hottest seats in the league. All of their teams have gotten off to poor starts, and must rebound in a hurry if they hope to keep their jobs through the remainder of the regular season.

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Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

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Just because he won one game against the winless Giants doesn’t mean that Rivera is out of the woods yet. Since taking over as the Panthers’ head honcho, Rivera has struggled to close out games – his two losses this season both came within the last couple of minutes. There’s still plenty of time left in 2013 for Rivera to put himself back under the ax.

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Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings

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The Vikings and GM Rick Spielman have a lot of faith in Frazier, but that trust continues to dwindle with every loss. While they weren’t considered contenders, Minnesota was expected to have enjoyed a little more success than they have heading into Week 4. Unless they can turn it around quickly and start putting some notches in the win column, Frazier’s seat could catch fire in a big hurry.

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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants

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As crazy as it seems, Coughlin could seriously be on the hot seat. Despite being one of the best head coaches in Giants history, the two-time Super Bowl winner has his team playing like a high school JV squad. Somehow, he’s managed to ruin Eli Manning and scare the talent out of David Wilson. It’s going to take a lot for Coughlin to get the ax, but he’s not headed into the right direction through three games.

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Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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There’s a hurricane rolling through Tampa Bay and it’s tearing the Buccaneers apart. No matter who’s at fault, the majority of the blame is going to fall on Schiano. The locker room is reportedly divided and now that Josh Freeman has been benched, any sort of failure by Mike Glennon will be a direct result of Schiano’s poor decision. If anything, the Buccaneers might cut Schiano loose just to save face.

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Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins

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This may seem like an overreaction, but Shanahan is clearly losing his grip in D.C. and the Redskins are suffering as a result. They’re off to an 0-3 start and have watched their dynamic quarterback turn into a subdued, subpar passer. To make matters worse, Shanahan has put together arguably the worst defense in the NFL. Unless he turns it around in a big hurry, fans will be calling for his job soon.

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