10 NFL Head Coaches Likely to be Fired in 2014

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There are very few guarantees each season in the NFL. Never has this been more apparent than with the head coaches, where seven head coaches were fired last year, including Mike Shanahan (pictured) in Washington, and another eight were fired in 2012. With the number likely to approach at or near the past two seasons, here are 10 NFL head coaches who could be fired in 2014.

10. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants

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10. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants

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Tom Coughlin's Giants have missed the postseason in four of their last five seasons. In 2013, the Giants lost their first six games. They finished strong, however, winning seven of their final 10 games, but they were out of contention long before then. No matter what Coughlin has done in the past, missing out on the playoffs in potentially five out of the last six seasons won't save anyone's job, let alone Coughlin's.

9. Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

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9. Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

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As good as Ron Rivera and the Carolina Panthers were last season, this season will be tremendously different. In 2013, the Panthers went 12-4 , but five of their wins were by seven points or less, indicating that the Panthers were more lucky than good. Now that the Panthers play the role of hunted rather than hunter, Rivera will be short this season, especially with a disappointing season.

8. Mike Pettine, Cleveland Browns

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8. Mike Pettine, Cleveland Browns

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Rookie head coaches shouldn't be put on the hot seat right away, but when you are the coach of the Cleveland Browns and your owner is Jimmy Haslam, nothing is guaranteed. While I believe that Mike Pettine can become a good head coach, the fact that Haslam has fired two head coaches and his entire front office brass in a two-year period indicates that the owner has zero patience, and the victim may unfortunately be Pettine.

7. Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars

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7. Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars

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In the past three seasons, the Jacksonville Jaguars have gone through four different head coaches after having only two in their first 16 1/2 seasons. Jack Del Rio was fired at mid-season in 2011, interim coach Mel Tucker was gone after five games and Mike Mularkey lasted only one season in 2012. Gus Bradley took over in 2013 and had his team playing hard all year, but just playing hard won't produce victories in the standings.

6. Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders

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6. Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders

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Another franchise that has been in recent turmoil, the Oakland Raiders have had seven head coaches since 2002. Dennis Allen is the most recent coach to inherit one of the NFL's biggest messes, and so far, nothing has changed. In two seasons, the team has posted back-to-back 4-12 seasons. With the Raiders stuck in the tough AFC West, another 4-12 season could happen again, and Allen will be on the way out if that happens.

5. Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins

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5. Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins

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Joe Philbin probably should have been fired last season, especially after allowing the Bullying scandal to rip through the team's locker room. Questions may still arise about what he did and didn't know, but Philbin hasn't produced on the field. The team won seven games in 2012 and eight games in 2013 with no playoff appearances. Philbin has to make the playoffs this season, or he could become the next former head coach of the Dolphins.

4. Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals

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4. Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals

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How does Marvin Lewis still have a job as a head coach in the National Football League? It's absolutely absurd. In 11 seasons in Cincinnati, the team has won exactly zero playoff games and made the postseason just five times. Also, in the playoffs, the Bengals lost their games by 14, 10, 21, six and 17. The Bengals have the talent on the field to win a Super Bowl, but the man coaching them has been their biggest liability in recent years.

3. Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams

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3. Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams

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Jeff Fisher has built a good team in St. Louis over the past two seasons, even though the Rams won just seven games both years. He came to the franchise with a reputation as one of the league's more successful coaches, and hasn't delivered yet. Even with multiple first-round picks attained from the Robert Griffin III trade in 2012, Fisher hasn't been close to sniffing the playoffs. Another losing season could be the end for Fisher as a coach.

2. Rex Ryan, New York Jets

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2. Rex Ryan, New York Jets

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With a rookie quarterback and one of the poorest offenses in recent NFL history, Rex Ryan did a great job last season by winning eight games. Ryan managed to keep his job for another year, but he has failed to reach the postseason in each of the past three seasons. If Ryan can't get back to the postseason this year, he will have to find another job somewhere else, likely as a defensive coordinator.

1. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

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1. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

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No head coach in the NFL is on the hot seat more than Jason Garrett with the Dallas Cowboys. He's as good as gone if they don't make the playoffs. In three full seasons, Garrett has gone 24-24 with three straight losses in playoff clinching games in week 17. Garrett has proven that he doesn't have what it takes to lead the Cowboys into the postseason. If Jerry Jones is smart, he will pull the plug if this season is a failure.


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