Suggesting Potential Replacements for 5 NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat

Vincent Frank@VincentFrankNFLCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2012

Suggesting Potential Replacements for 5 NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat

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    We might only be two weeks into the 2012 NFL regular season, but that definitely won't stop us from attempting to gauge which coaches might be on the hot seat and what up-and-coming assistants deserve head-coaching shots. 

    Equally important, especially following the success of Jim Harbaugh with the San Francisco 49ers, is taking a look at collegiate coaches who could make the jump. 

    So the Philadelphia Eagles won each of their first two games by a single point and the San Diego Chargers are only one of a handful of undefeated teams remaining in the league. This doesn't mean that Andy Reid and Norv Turner are safe. 

    Those franchises could care less about wins in September. To them it is all about making the postseason and going deep into January. Until that happens both coaches have to be considered on the hot seat. 

    Lets take a look at five coaches I perceive to be on the hot seat today and possible replacements for them moving forward, most likely following the 2012 season. 

Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

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    This would most likely be an offseason decision by Jerry Jones, who doesn't like to make coaching changes during the regular year. The Dallas Cowboys are 1-1 after finishing .500 in Jason Garrett's first full season in 2011. 

    You don't have to follow Dallas to understand this won't get it done.

    Losing 27-7 against an inferior Seattle Seahawks team isn't going to do Garrett any favors, either. The Cowboys boast one of the most talented rosters in the National Football League. Far too talented to exist around .500 over the course of a season-plus. 

    Unless Dallas makes the playoffs this season, I don't see Garrett retaining his head-coaching job. It really is that simple. 


    Possible Replacement: Gary Patterson, Head Coach, Texas Christian

    Jones loves to make the dramatic hire. We saw this when Barry Switzer replaced Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells was called upon to take over for Dave Campo. 

    Reports also suggested that Jones was hot after Jim Harbaugh in January of 2011 before he decided to stay local with the San Francisco 49ers. 

    Patterson would probably be the most logical hire if Jones were to look at the collegiate ranks. He is in his 13th season as the head coach of Texas Christian and has led that program to unprecedented success in the process. He has won 111-of-141 games, and has a 7-4 record in bowl games.

    It also doesn't hurt that Dallas would be bringing in a local Texas product, though originally an alum of Kansas State.  


    Other Options

    Les Miles, Head Coach, Louisiana State

    Greg Roman, Offensive Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers

Pat Shurmur, Cleveland Browns

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    It really doesn't matter how competitive the Cleveland Browns have been in the first two games of the 2012 season. They need to start winning actual football games in order for Pat Shurmur's job to be safe moving forward. 

    Cleveland won four games last season, Shurmur's initial season with the franchise. Their offense was disastrous in 2011, when Shurmur made the unfavorable decision not to hire an offensive coordinator, instead assuming that role himself. 

    Needless to say, it didn't work out too well. 

    Despite losing their first two games of the 2012 season against the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals by a combined eight points, Cleveland has now lost 14-of-18 games under Shurmer.

    If the Browns finish with just a handful of victories this season, there is no way to honestly believe that he will retain his job in 2013. 


    Possible Replacement: Tom Clements, Offensive Coordinator, Green Bay Packers

    Cleveland made the decision to select Brandon Weeden in the first round of April's draft. In doing so, it clearly turned the page from Colt McCoy and put the faith of its franchise in the Oklahoma State product. 

    It just makes sense to bring in a true quarterback guru. 

    Enter into the equation Clements, who has worked wonders with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Before that, he worked with Tommy Maddox as well as Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh.

    Clements has a long history of working well with quarterbacks, dating back to his work with Notre Dame in the early and middle parts of the '90s. 


    Other Options

    Rob Chudzinski, Offensive Coordinator, Carolina Panthers

    Chris Petersen, Head Coach, Boise State

Norv Turner, San Diego Chargers

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    Let me be clear about one thing: The San Diego Chargers will not retain Norv Turner beyond the 2012 season unless they make a deep run into the postseason. Considering that this franchise has failed to do that over the course of the last few seasons, I  wouldn't bank on them being able to do it during the season. 

    In reality, Turner probably should have been let go in the offseason, and a 2-0 start to the year isn't making his seat any cooler. 

    Rather, the pressure is on both Turner and his team to prove they can have this type of consistent success against good teams. Needless to say, the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans are not in that category thus far in 2012. 


    Possible Replacement: David Shaw, Head Coach, Stanford

    It goes without saying that Shaw is probably one of the hottest commodities in college football. He inherited one of the best teams in the country after Jim Harbaugh departed prior to the 2011 season and took Stanford to an 11-2 record and a Fiesta Bowl birth. 

    Respect wasn't going to come because many skeptics had concluded he was just riding on the coattails of the current San Francisco 49ers head coach. 

    That couldn't have been further from the truth. 

    Shaw has the Cardinal ranked among the best teams in the nation after defeating previously No. 2 USC on Saturday night in Palo Alto. He is doing this without the likes of Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro, among others. 

    That definitely deserves respect, if you ask me. 

    Shaw would be a great fit in San Diego. He has coaching experience in the National Football League, most recently as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 2002 to 2005. 

    If Turner is shown the door, San Diego will attempt to get someone in that can build a relationship with Philip Rivers. There is no question in my mind that Shaw would be able to do that. 


    Other Options

    Greg Roman, Offensive Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers

    Jay Gruden, Offensive Coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals 

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Andy Reid has been one of the most successful regular-season head coaches in the modern history of the National Football League. Over the course of 13-plus seasons, Reid has won over 61 percent of his regular-season games and had led the Philadelphia Eagles to eight double-digit-win seasons.

    It has been a different story for Reid and the Eagles recently.

    Despite being one of the most talented teams in the league last season, Philadelphia struggled with turnovers and untimely penalties on both sides of the ball en route to a 8-8 record. 

    The Eagles have won each of their first two games this season by one point. In the process they have committed a whopping 19 penalties and turned the ball over nine times. Those numbers are not indicative of a well-coached football team. 

    More importantly, success when making mistakes like that is not sustainable. 

    After taking on the Arizona Cardinals next week, Philadelphia has a treacherous five-game stretch in which it plays the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys.

    We will most assuredly have a better idea where this team stands after those games have been concluded.

    If Philadelphia fails to make the postseason for a second consecutive season, Reid could find himself out as the longest-tenured head coach in the league.  


    Possible Replacement: Dom Capers, Defensive Coordinator, Green Bay Packers

    Philadelphia could easily go with a veteran replacement on the defensive side of the ball, should it make the decision to let Reid go following the season. If the Eagles were to do that, Capers would probably be the best choice. 

    While the longtime defensive coordinator in multiple NFL stops hasn't had success as a head coach, he would bring stability in terms of both experience and leadership. Capers has led nine top-10 defenses in his extensive coaching career, including with the Packers in both 2009 and 2010. 

    The one thing stopping many people from talking about Capers as a viable head-coaching candidate is his 48-80 career record in that position with both the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. 


    Other Options

    Winston Moss, Assistant Head Coach, Green Bay Packers

    Perry Fewell, Defensive Coordinator, New York Giants

Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Kansas City Chiefs started last season by being outscored 89-10 in their first two games. This was the start of a dreadful campaign for the franchise and ended up costing Todd Haley his job. 

    Fast forward a year, and Kansas City is in nearly the same situation.

    The Chiefs have been outscored 75-41 in the first two games. The only difference here is that the brass cannot use Haley as a scapegoat. 

    Issues are extensive on both sides of the ball. They weren't able to stop Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons passing game in the season opener, and C.J. Spiller destroyed their defense on Sunday. 

    Offensively, it is much of the same. Matt Cassel continues to struggle making a consistent impact through the air, and the Kansas City offensive line once again appears to be less than mediocre. 

    A team with this much talent should be able to perform at a high level on a continual basis. We just haven't seen that under Romeo Crennel, who had his interim tag removed in the offseason. 

    A disastrous season will lead to speculation about Kansas City going in a different direction, one that might be defined by a franchise quarterback out of the college ranks. 

    Possible Replacement: Rob Chudzinski, Offensive Coordinator, Carolina Panthers

    The Panthers offensive coordinator did wonders for Cam Newton last season and was a major reason Derek Anderson succeeded with the Cleveland Browns in 2007. 

    In short, Chudzinski seems to have what it takes to help young quarterbacks progress and become stars. Just take a look at what happened to Anderson once his mentor bolted Cleveland for Carolina. 

    Kansas City would be going in a completely different direction if it were to make a move like this, replacing an old dog with some youthful talent observer without head-coaching experience. 

    That being said, making a move like this is needed every once in a while in order to jump-start a franchise.

    Kansas City could be in that situation right now. 


    Other Options

    Jay Gruden, Offensive Coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals

    Greg Roman, Offensive Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers