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Coaches On The Hotseat?

Posted on: November 17, 2008 6:01 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2008 7:22 pm

Coaches on the hotseat. Life is short for the players in the NFL. It's even shorter for most NFL coaches. We've already witnessed 3 head coach firings this season, Scott Linehan (Rams), Lane Kiffin (Raiders), and Mike Nolan (49ers). The teams below are sinking fast and their needs to be a scapegoat. So let's take a look at the rest of the potential free agent coaches for 2009.

Norv Turner - San Diego Chargers, 4-6 - The Chargers need to go deep into the playoffs. That's why Norv was hired. How do the Chargers figure that firing Schottenheimer and hiring Turner would be an improvement? After all, Norv, as a head coach, has always struggled getting to the playoffs.

Wade Phillips - Dallas Cowboys, 5-4 - Like the Chargers, this is another team with high expectations. Phillips' head coaching career wasn't much better than Norv's before arriving to the Cowboys. Again, why do owners/GMs hire coaches with poor track records and expect them to go deep into the playoffs?

Romeo Crennel - Cleveland Browns, 3-6 - after a 10-6 finish last year and missing the playoffs, the Browns have already reached their loss total from last year. When you go 10-6 and miss the playoffs, you might get a pass. What if you follow that up with a sub-0.500 finish?

Marvin Lewis - Cincinnati Bengals, 1-8-1 - Things could be worse. The Bengals could've actually been 1-9 if McNabb would known about "ties". The lack of urgency on McNabb's part gave the Bengals a non-loss. However, it also gave them a non-win. I'm surprised Lewis has made it this far. After all, 3 other coaches have already been fired this season. The Bengals rebuilt when Lewis was hired. They have 1 playoff appearance to show for it and they are on the verge of rebuilding again. Lewis' time is up and Mike Brown needs to go to. Oh can't fire owners. There couldn't possibly be any team in a situation worse than the Bengals. But then again...

Rod Marinelli - Detroit Lions, winless - I couldn't even honor the Lions with a numbered record. It doesn't matter. They are bad from the top down. The offense isn't bad with Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith with bright futures. But wasn't Marinelli brought in to fix the defense? The Lions gave up an average of 377 ypg in 2007. This year, they are giving up 401 ypg. And that's without Mike Martz's turnover prone offense to help them out. Matt Millen is gone. Now almost everything associated with Millen needs to go too. Even Rod Marinelli.

Sean Payton - New Orleans Saints, 5-5 - The Saints were a preseason favorite to win the NFC South. There were problems on the defense that were addressed by the drafting of Sedrick Ellis and the acquisition of Jonathon Vilma. But lately, the Saints are falling behind in games and forced to play catch up. Injuries have taken their toll on both side of the ball. I think Payton is the least likely to get fired out of the bunch. But their worst 2 losses came at the hands of their division rivals losing by 23 to the Panthers and by 14 to the rebuilt Falcons have you wondering how prepared this team is on Sundays.

Honorable Mention - Brad Childress - Minnesota Vikings, 5-5 - Childress is fortunate that the division lead is tied at 5-5. A win yesterday could've placed the Vikings on top of the NFC North. If the Vikings do not make the playoffs as a division winner or wildcard contender, then he will have to wonder why he didn't address the QB situation in the offseason.

Mike Holmgren (Seattle Seahawks) is about as lame duck as you can get and the Seahawks are paying for it with a 2-8 record.


Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 12:42 am

Coaches On The Hotseat?

ca_matt, your probably right about Payton. I think he is the least likely of the bunch to get fired. He's brought more promise to the team than Jim Haslett and Mike Ditka beofre him. I thought about putting Herm Edwards on the list. But as you mentioned, Hunt and co knew there would be a rebuilding period. But the Chiefs have also showed improvement the last few games with Tyler Thigpen at QB. Even if the Chiefs lose the rest of their games, they will play hard the rest of the season and Edwards will most likely stay. Like every young team, they are searching for their identity. I think Edwards actually gets 2 more years to help them figure it out.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 12:37 am

Coaches On The Hotseat?

Good points Newstew. You filled in the blanks for me.

Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2008 10:27 pm

Coaches On The Hotseat?

Good list, but I can't see Sean Payton fearing for his job.  The Saints have ad more injuries to deal with this year than any other team (except maybe my Chiefs)  Which leads me to my next point, Herm Edwardds might get axed this offseason.  Clark Hunt seems commited to him and understands that rebuilding can take time, but as fans quite showing up to games Hunt may change his mind.

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 8:55 pm

Coaches On The Hotseat?

There is no surprise to me that several names on your list are repeat offenders.  For example Norv Turner is well know for his offensive playcalling.  He helped coach Troy Aikman to his 3 Super Bowl wins and was the architect for the Dallas dynasty of the 90's.  But his stint as head coach in Washington led him to a 49-59-1 record over 7 seasons then he spent two years with the Raiders where he went 9-23.  Now he's got the Chargers helm and is taking Marty Shottenhiem's team from playoff team to also rans.  Wade Phillips has a winning percentage of .572 while he coached at New Orleans, Denver, and Buffalo.  He's not much better coaching the Parcell's built Cowboys this year.  It is a surprise that NFL franchise owners will commit their $500,000,000.00 organization to an individual without a winning record or experience at taking teams to the Super Bowl.  How can the owners commit millions of dollars to an unproven draft choice but choose a head coach at the dollar store?  I realize that injuries play a large part of sucess in the NFL but that should create an even greater need for a quality coach that can substitute players and develop schemes to overcome devastating losses in personel.  Look at Belichek, Dungy, and Gruden who have lost key players at skilled positions but have still established a playoff contender from their reserve players.  Instead of paying huge amounts for players that have police records and are a menace to society off the football field they should pay more for coaches that have proven to have winning teams.  Makes more sense to hire a good leader rather than having a  talanted team fail due to poor playcalling.

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