By Brian Kalchik @RantsportsBrian on July 1, 2014
It’s too early to say whether any head coach is in danger of losing their job, but if that were the case, some would’ve been fired at the end of last season. Each of these five coaches will need to show dramatic improvements from last year, however, or they could be looking for new jobs in 2015.
In just two seasons, Joe Philbin has gone 15-17, including an 8-8 season in 2013 that saw the Dolphins lost their final two games and a playoff berth. If Philbin can't get the Dolphins past the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin scandal, the team will be looking for a ninth head coach in the past 20 seasons.
In his two seasons with the Rams, Jeff Fisher has gone just 14-17-1 with his second NFL team. With a boatload of high draft picks from the Robert Griffin III trade in 2012, the Rams still have not been able to post a winning season under Fisher. If he and the Rams can't make some noise this season in the NFC West, the Rams may be in the NFC West basement for years to come.
Despite rumors that Rex Ryan was going to be fired at the end of last season, he was brought back on a one-year extension. Despite having one of the worst offenses in the NFL last season, the Jets went 8-8. With a rebuilt offense, including Eric Decker, Chris Johnson, Michael Vick and rookie Jace Amaro, a winning season is necessary for Ryan to keep his job.
The Cowboys have not made the playoffs since Jason Garrett became head coach in 2010, and despite several good opportunities to fire Garrett, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still thinks that he is the right man for the job. After three consecutive 8-8 finishes and three consecutive losses in win-and-get-in games, a fourth consecutive mediocre year would make even Jones pull the trigger on Garrett.
The Cincinnati Bengals have made the postseason in three consecutive seasons, but they have yet to win a playoff game. Frankly, Lewis should have been fired a long time ago considering the fact that this is his 11th season and he still does not have a playoff win. As stubborn as owner Mike Brown is, a fourth consecutive one-and-done season won't be good enough for Lewis to keep his job.
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