NFL Football: Head Coaches Who Are Currently on the Hot Seat
Through six weeks of the NFL season, there have been several teams that have underperformed based on expectations. When things go wrong in the NFL, the head coach is usually one of the firsts to get the finger pointed at them.
Several big-name coaches find themselves squarely on the so-called hot seat. If things continue the way the are, these coaches are sure to be gone.
The only question that may remain is: Will they last the entire 2012 season?
Here are four coaches who may be looking for a new team next season.
Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
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It's no secret that Philadelphia owner Jeff Lurie was already losing confidence in head coach Andy Reid before the 2012 season began.
It's safe to say that with the Eagles standing at 3-3 after blowing back-to-back fourth-quarter leads, Reid is definitely on the hot seat.
In a desperate move on Tuesday, Philly.com reported that Reid fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. The head coach has to know that he will be the next to go if things don't get turned around quickly.
Perhaps no coach is under more pressure to win than Reid. His team is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. However, they have not been able to figure out how to play together.
Unless the Eagles find a way to play as a team and start winning, Reid will be out of work by the end of the 2012 season.
Norv Turner, San Diego Chargers
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Anyone who follows football knows that Norv Turner is probably on the hottest seat of all NFL coaches. Turner, who has a career record of 110-116, has his San Diego Chargers sitting at 3-3 for the 2012 season.
Turner's Chargers have not made the playoffs since 2009, when they lost to the NY Jets in the Divisional Round.
While the current record isn't terrible, it feels much worse. The Chargers just blew a 24-point lead on national television against a division rival in Week 6. The loss was so bad that during his post game press conference, Tuner fielded a question from a reporter asking if a change is needed during the bye week.
From the LA Times, "I've been hearing, people have been saying time to make a change of Norv Turner, and they wanted it at the end of the season and, you know, two collapses in a row right now."
Turner better find a way to lead San Diego to the playoffs in 2012, that is if he's around long enough to do so.
Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chiefs
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Romeo Crennel has an overall record of just 27-46 as a head coach. In his defense, he had some bad teams in Cleveland.
His current team isn't much better. The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the most disappointing stories of the 2012 season. The Chiefs had high hopes heading into this year with the returns of running back Jamaal Charles and tight end Tony Moeaki.
Sitting at 1-5, Kansas City is one of the worst teams in the NFL. Crennel just can't seem to catch a break. Everything seemed to be in place for a successful season.
Crennel may get a pass for the rest of the season, but he's clearly on the hot seat and will likely be looking for work during the offseason.
Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
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Garrett finished the 2010 season 5-3 but was unable to continue that success in 2011. Dallas finished just 8-8 and is currently just 2-2 in 2012. The Cowboys are another team that is loaded with talent, but can't figure out a way to put it all together.
Garrett has to know that if he doesn't win this year, he's sure to be out in "Big D."
Those in favor of Garrett losing his job point to the several examples of his lack of game management.
In 2011, Garrett iced his own kicker Dan Bailey by calling a timeout just as the kick went up and through the uprights. Of course, when Baily tried the kick again, he missed.
Garrett's latest time management error perhaps cost Dallas its Week 6 game at Baltimore.
The Cowboy's were trying to get in place for a game-winning field goal. With one timeout left, they had 16 seconds in which to run a play. Instead, the clock ran down and they were forced to call the timeout and attempt a 51-yarder that was missed.
Dallas owner Jerry Jones is not going to stand around and watch his team continue to lose and miss the playoffs. If that happens this year, Garrett is as good as gone.