NFL Head Coaches on the Hot Seat Entering Week 15
NFL Head Coaches on the Hot Seat Entering Week 15
Week 14 saw one NFL head coach fired and others hit varying degrees of blistering temperature on the coaching hot seat. Even fewer could make it through Week 15 after some of the disappointing displays and curious postgame reactions yesterday.
Just days after former protege Gary Kubiak was relieved of duty by the Houston Texans, the writing on the wall at Washington Redskins HQ became ever more clear for embattled Coach Mike Shanahan; 45-10 home losses that drop your team to 3-11 have a way of pushing these things along.
There was one key postgame quote from Shanahan that suggests he could make it out of Week 14 with his his job — for at least a couple more weeks — via USA Today's Jim Corbett:
"It's not the right time or place to talk about my relationship with Dan Snyder, or it's not the right time and place to talk about something that happened a year ago,'' Shanahan said. "I will get a chance to talk to Dan at the end of the season and I will give him some viewpoints from me. And I'm sure he will give me his thoughts.''
Obviously, no guarantees this means there will even be an end of season conversation, as opposed to a this week conversation, but it's fair to assume Shanahan's seat is the hottest right now. Read through to check out who stacks up behind him across the league.
Seat on Fire
Mike Munchak: After the aforementioned Shanahan, you have to imagine the Tennessee Titans coach is another solid bet to go. Jake Locker came to the rescue as Tennessee started 3-1, but injuries brought in Ryan Fitzpatrick for most of the remainder of the season and a drop to 5-8 with it. Munchak's third chance (and final?) at his first winning record fell short when Peyton Manning went on a 41-7 run over the final two quarters and change to put the Titans away Sunday.
Too Little, Too Late?
Greg Schiano: Some radio station deciding to put billboards up around the Greater Tampa area will probably factor little into this front-office discussion. After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' utter domination of the Buffalo Bills yesterday the team has now won four of its last five.
Leslie Frazier: Losing Adrian Peterson potentially for the remainder of the year will not help Frazier make his case. What may help is some inspired play over the past month that saw the Minnesota Vikings take three teams to overtime with Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel at quarterback. A much better team than in October, when the Josh Freeman fiasco happened.
Joe Philbin: Don't look now but the Miami Dolphins are 7-6 and Martin-Incognito is now longer dominating the airwaves. That and words like "coaching hot seat" has an antidote, and it's called "winning."
More Than Lame Ducks
New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan and Oakland Raiders head man Dennis Allen each had the unenviable position for caretaking a team during a transition year. This is especially rough after coming off two straight losing seasons and needing to fight for your job with inexperienced quarterbacks and little free-agent spending devoted to the coming season. These two have made a strong case to stick around as 6-7 (Ryan) and 4-9 (Allen) are each at least two wins higher than many expected at this point. Always tip your cap to managing wins out of rough quarterback situations.
If They Blow the Division
It very much feels like the fates of Jason Garrett and Jim Schwartz come down to whether they blow division leads that once seemed insurmountable. The Detroit Lions now hold just a half-game lead in the NFC North while the Dallas Cowboys must win tonight to stay on top of the NFC East. With the amount of talent on each of these teams, one playoff bid in five years just would not cut it.
Would Utterly Shock
Tom Coughlin and Mike Tomlin have each won a Super Bowl over the past five years and are employed by extremely loyal organizations. Each has bounced back enough from September catastrophes for their front offices to justify keeping them around — as even fans understandably wonder if it's one year too many.
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