5 NFL Head Coaches On The Hot Seat Heading Into Week 6

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5 NFL Head Coaches On The Hot Seat Heading Into Week 6

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NFL head coaches tend to have a short shelf-life. They never get enough credit when their teams play well and when they don’t all the blame falls on their shoulders. When we get to this point in the season there are inevitably a number of teams who have underachieved, so we always have a number of coaches on the hot seat.

Coaches are important in all sports, but especially so in football. No other sport depends on their coaches as much. Not only do they set lineups and manage players like their counterparts in other sports do, but they script specifically what each and every player is supposed to do at all times. It’s not just a system like in basketball or hockey, or a vague set of positional instructions like in baseball. Rather it’s a detailed blueprint that the coaches give their players on each and every play.

That means the easiest way to turn around a bad team, especially a team with talent that is underachieving, is to swap out one head coach for a new one. The new coach not only has a fresh perspective on the roster but many times brings new plays and formations that better utilize the players on the roster.

This year, we have several good candidates for replacement. Their teams are at the bottom of the standings, even though some have the talent to compete for playoff spots.

These are the 5 NFL head coaches that are on the hot seat heading into the sixth week of action this season.

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5. Gary Kubiak

Gary Kubiak
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The Houston Texans are always underachieving, and even more so this year. At some point you have to accept the fact it's not all Matt Schaub's fault that they never live up to their potential.

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4. Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera
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Ron Rivera is always on the hot seat. The Carolina Panthers are an undisciplined team that constantly finds ways to lose games they should win. Pretty soon they need to figure out if the problem is Cam Newton or the coach, and the only way to do that is to get a new coach and see if Cam can thrive.

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3. Tom Coughlin

Tom Coughlin
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It's an annual right of passage to put Tom Coughlin on the hot seat. All that means is that the New York Giants are on their way to another Super Bowl. Well, playoffs maybe. That division is pretty bad after all.

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2. Leslie Frazier

Leslie Frazier
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The Minnesota Vikings surprised a lot of people by making the playoffs last season. They've struggled so far this year under Leslie Frazier. If he can't figure out his quarterback issues and get some wins, he might not have a job come the holidays.

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1. Greg Schiano

Greg Schiano
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been a big disappointment this year. Greg Schiano has done a good job so far making former quarterback Josh Freeman the fall-guy, but if they continue to lose with him gone there will be nowhere for Schiano to hide.

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