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 wait...you 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.