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5 NFL Coaches On Hot Seat Coming Into Week 9

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5 NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat

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As we get set to embark on week nine of the NFL season, several coaches around the league find themselves firmly on the hot seat. Of course, there are varying degrees of the hot seat. Not all of these guys have to win out to save their jobs, but some of these coaches will most likely have to do so to return in 2014.

There's just not a lot of room for losing in the NFL these days. If a team is struggling, a coach is lucky to get three seasons to turn things around. If their first two seasons are terrible and the team isn't showing signs of turning things around, the coach is most likely going to get the axe.

The worst possible thing you can hear about a coach is that he's lost the locker room. All of the negative things, that's the worst. Players don't have to like the coach, but they have to respect him. In the NFL, coaches have to command large groups of grown men, if he doesn't have their respect, he'll be speaking on deaf ears all season long.

So for this installment of NFL coaches on the hot seat, we'll look at the varying degrees of their situations. The coaches are listed from warmest seat to hottest seat. Not all of them are guaranteed to get fired, but you can basically take a couple of them to the bank.

Here are the five NFL coaches with the hottest seats heading into week nine:

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Lukewarm - Joe Philbin

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After a very hot start in 2013, the Dolphins have now dropped four straight games. Philbin is only in his second year at the helm, so his job is more than likely safe for another season. However, if the Dolphins tank the rest of the way, it won't be shocking if he gets canned.

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Very Warm - Mike Smith

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The Falcons openly admitted that this was a Super Bowl or bust season for them. Thus far, it's been a huge bust. They're not dead yet, but at 2-5 with numerous players on the shelf, things aren't looking good. If Atlanta misses the playoffs by a wide margin, Smith is mostly likely gone.

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Hot - Leslie Frazier

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After going 10-6 and leading the Vikings to the playoffs a year ago, things have changed drastically in 2013. Minnesota is a mess right now and going absolutely nowhere. If they don't finish strong, Frazier and most of his staff will be gone.

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Red Hot - Gary Kubiak

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Most people had the Texans projected to fight for the AFC championship in 2013. What's unfolded, has been nothing short of a disastrous season. Houston has turned to Case Keenum in hopes of turning things around. If they can't do it, Kubiak is gone.

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White Hot - Greg Schiano

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It's still a mystery why Schiano even has a job at this point. There are conflicting reports on whether or not he's lost the Bucs' locker room, but I think we can all see this team is going nowhere fast. If Schiano lasts the season, it will be a miracle.