NFL Hot Seat Update: Gauging Every Head Coach After Week 9

Ryan RiddleCorrespondent INovember 5, 2012

NFL Hot Seat Update: Gauging Every Head Coach After Week 9

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    When you consider the average tenure of the 32 current NFL head coaches is only about 3.25 years, it's clear that things change fast in this league. That is why this Hot Seat needs to be updated every week.

    Here's a temperature reading—now bottoming out with "On Fire" and progressing to "Hot," "Warm," "Room Temperature," "Cool," "Cozy" and, finally, "Get This Man an Extension."

    Every coach will fall somewhere on this spectrum, unless of course, one happens to be terminated.

    This week seven coaches are listed as "On Fire," while only four coaches have the rare privilege of the ranking "Get This Man an Extension."

    So find out where your favorite team's coach is ranked and which coaches are sweating after Week 9.

Chan Gailey

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    Last Week: Hot

    After Week 9: On Fire

    The Bills have continued to struggle and remain one of the most underachieving teams of the year, which is never a good description for the head coach. Sunday's loss to the Texans was more of the same. They have only won a single game in their last five outings and have failed to be competitive. 

    Buffalo fans won't tolerate these performances for long, considering the higher-than-normal expectations heading into the 2012 season. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear likely that Gailey will escape the Hot Seat from here on out, but miracles do happen. As of right now, Gailey's status is at the most severe level possible, and the Hot seat would be an upgrade.

Jason Garrett

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    Last Week: On Fire

    After Week 9: On Fire

    Well the Boys have now lost another close game due to missed opportunities and bad penalties. Garrett has to be sweating by now, as his seat is definitely On Fire—regardless of what Jerry Jones wants to disclose in his latest interview.

    Garrett seems to be lacking certain leadership qualities, and he doesn’t appear suited to manage or control his highly paid athletes who are fully equipped with high expectations and temperamental dispositions.

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made it clear what the expectations are for the Cowboys this season; frankly, a losing record just won’t cut it. At the moment, Garrett is the skipper of a sinking ship, and Jones will need to find someone to blame. Considering he won't fire himself, that leaves Garrett as the most likely scapegoat. ESPN's Tim MacMahon tweeted Sunday night:

     

    Barring a miracle, the Cowboys will lose for 9th time in 13 games. But Jerry likes direction Jason Garrett has this team going.

    — Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 5, 2012

     

    Garrett does shoulder a great deal of responsibility for the poor play in Big D, and he may not make it to the end of the season. Perhaps it's time to leave the head-coaching duties to a guy who can stand up to Jones.

Joe Philbin

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    Last Week: Cool

    After Week 9: Room Temperature

    The Dolphins went into Lucas Oil Stadium hoping to keep their momentum going against a very beatable Colts team. Unfortunately, Philbin blew a first-half lead and allowed the Colts to make a comeback.

    The Dolphins defense, which has been underrated all year, struggled all day against rookie Andrew Luck and the Colts offense. Luck threw for a rookie-record 433 yards, adding a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions.

    If the Dolphins hope to see the postseason, they cannot get torched by first-year quarterbacks and a team full of rookies.

    Even with some growing pains from rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the Fins have managed a respectable 4-4 record. Patience, though, may not be a luxury Philbin can afford when you consider the tension building since Bill Parcells took a less active role as a consultant and general manager Jeff Ireland assumed full command in September 2010.

    Week 9's loss did take the wind out of Miami's sails and has dropped Philbin's status back down to Room Temperature, which is still a decent place to be for a first-year head coach.

Tom Coughlin

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    Last Week: Cool

    After Week 9: Cool

    After the tough loss at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Coughlin was very open about how disappointed he was not to come away with a win. The Giants are now 6-3 and still comfortably in control of the NFC East.

    Coughlin’s mantra to his players heading into the season was “build a bridge”—that is, take the momentum and lessons learned from last year’s Super Bowl run and carry them over into 2012. So far, the Giants have done a great job embracing his message.

    I know many of you out there might be wondering how Tom Coughlin can win two Super Bowls in the last five years and not be Cozy by now. Well, given his age (66) and questionable history with player relations, he will need another deep march into the playoffs for that status to be warranted.

    Not having the team's more high-profile individuals backing you up to the media or front office if the losses begin to mount can spell a quick departure.

    Also, Coughlin is no spring chicken, and the trend seems to be going toward younger head coaches. Coughlin also has the added pressure of the New York media spotlight. And when that glaring light is shining down on a .585 win percentage as the Giants head coach, that could be a cause for concern—and, at the least, a preventative for a Cozy status.

    To put things into perspective, Andy Reid has won 60 percent of his games as head coach yet is on the verge of being sent packing.

Bill Belichick

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    Last Week: Get This Man an Extension

    After Week 9: Get This Man an Extension

    After destroying the Rams in a tiresome trip across the Atlantic in Week 8, Belichick has been awarded the highest coaching status available. This status has just been made available at the midway point of the season, and he is easily deserving of it.

    New England goes into its bye week at 5-3 and in sole possession of first place in the AFC East. My words from Week 1 are just as applicable today, so I'll post them again: No coach in the NFL has more job security than Bill Belichick.

    He likely will coach the Patriots for as long as he wishes. The man we often see tucked away in his hoodie on the sidelines has complete control over the football operations in New England and sets the bar for all other active coaches in the NFL.

    Belichick is one of the most successful and influential football minds in the history of the league and likely is the most coveted individual—player or coach—in the NFL.

    He could go for it on every single fourth down while wearing a dress and smoking a Cutler-brand cigarette on the sideline, and he still wouldn't get fired.

    I think it's safe to say he'll be around for a while.

Andy Reid

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    Last Week: On Fire

    After Week 9: On Fire

    Andy Reid must face alarming odds in an uphill battle to save his job. Especially following the sloppy loss to the Saints on Monday night. New Orleans beat the Eagles 28-13 and may have ended all hope of salvaging not only the season, but Andy Reid's job as well.

    Reid has transcended the Hot seat and was On Fire in the first week this status is available.

    The pressure is clearly on for Andy Reid and Co. from here on out. Reid understands the sense of urgency to not just win but win now.

    Some may choose to blame Michael Vick or the underperforming defense; however, Reid has been the mastermind behind just about all of the key decisions, including a pass-happy offense that puts Vick at risk of both injury and turnovers.

    He also made the odd decision to make Juan Castillo, once his offensive line coach, the defensive coordinator, even though he had no previous NFL experience on the defensive side of the ball. That poor judgment in a coaching promotion has since been rectified, but the scars of poor decisions could be mounting in Philly.

    If Reid fails to win at least one game in the postseason, his days in Philadelphia are all but over. Right now, it's looking like the Eagles are not even worthy of a playoff spot.

Rex Ryan

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    Last Week: Hot

    After Week 9: Hot

    The Jets are 1-4 in their last five games, and Rex Ryan is officially on the Hot seat. Losing 30-9 to a divisional rival in Week 8 didn't make matters any better—neither has an 11-12 record over the last 23 games.

    It's highly questionable whether the Jets will be able to fully compete with the injuries they have incurred over the last two weeks and the subpar play of Mark Sanchez.

    If they make a habit of losing, it's not out of the question for Jets owner Woody Johnson to clean house, from the GM to the quarterback.

    Perhaps a little Tebow magic is just what the Jets need to salvage a season officially on the decline.

Mike Shanahan

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    Last Week: Room Temperature

    After Week 9: Room Temperature

    Though the Redskins are clearly a team on the rise, that didn't keep them from learning some new lessons the hard way in a disappointing loss to the Carolina Panthers. This now makes three losses in a row for Washington.

    Mike Shanahan and the 'Skins may just be a few pieces away from taking over the NFC East.

    This likely isn’t the year for that sort of dominance, but don’t expect owner Dan Snyder to ruin a good thing in Washington by starting over with a new coach.

    Given the competitive nature of the team, Shanahan is almost guaranteed to return as head coach next year.

    Most of the Redskins' success this season can be directly linked to the chemistry between Shanahan and rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. The former has done a fantastic job creating an offense tailored specifically to the unique abilities of RG3.

    It would take a pretty poor season to get Shanahan on the Hot seat, and I don't see that as a likely scenario. If the Redskins are scraping the bottom of the division with some ugly losses by Week 12, though, expect him to be there.

John Harbaugh

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    Last Week: Cozy

    After Week 9: Cozy 

    A loss to the Browns would likely have dropped John Harbaugh out of his Cozy status. Luckily, they pulled off a hard-fought yet sloppy win Sunday in their return to action following a bye.

    A true test of John Harbaugh’s coaching worth is officially underway, as the Ravens must overcome the loss of both their passionate team leader and one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

    If Harbaugh can find a way to win games and get into the playoffs, he should be considered for Coach of the Year.

    Harbaugh has done a great job winning the games he's supposed to win. The most encouraging thing about the Ravens' early wins was that they came without reigning defensive MVP Terrell Suggs, who has since returned only to replace other injured defensive stars.

    After winning nearly 69 percent of his regular season games over four years, Harbaugh’s job status is stable and will be unaffected by the outcome of any one game this season.

Lovie Smith

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    Last Week: Cool

    After Week 9: Cool

    The Tennessee Titans were no match for the Bears' gruesome defense that forced turnovers all day long—five total to be exact. Lovie's defensive emphasis on turnovers has paid off year after year. This year is more of the same, with the Bears leading the league once again.

    Lovie Smith has done a nice job with the Bears, winning 57 percent of his games (78-58) in eight-plus seasons as head coach, but considering there's a new general manager in Chicago with a green light to clean house should he choose to, there's some hesitation to advance Lovie to a Cozy status facing the added pressure to perform and perform now.

    For the time being, Smith has done everything right and put the brakes on the panic talk after some sideline drama involving QB Jay Cutler was caught on prime-time television. Smith has managed to field a consistently competitive team and is not in any immediate danger of feeling warmth.

    However, should signs emerge that his locker room is out of control, that could change quickly.

Marvin Lewis

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    Last Week: Warm

    After Week 9: Hot


    Marvin Lewis and the Bengals are two games below .500, at 3-5, following a lopsided loss to the Broncos. Instead of taking an important step forward in the playoff race, they failed to perform in the fourth quarter yet again.

    This now makes four losses in a row for Lewis, which is a big reason he now finds himself on the coach's Hot seat.

    Only Andy Reid and Bill Belichick have coached their teams longer than Lewis has coached his 72-79 Bengals.

    Lewis has been given a lot of time to create a champion, and owner Mike Brown has given Lewis a lot of control over personnel decisions. If the Bengals fail to build on last year's success, which appears to be the case, his window of opportunity could be coming to an end.

Jim Schwartz

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    Last Week:  Warm

    After Week 9: Warm

    Detroit made easy work of the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday on their way to establishing a much needed two-game winning streak.

    In 56 games as the Detroit Lions head coach, Jim Schwartz has gone 22-34. This is a pretty substandard winning percentage of only 38 percent. Schwartz's saving grace has been his ability to improve each year.

    But has he done enough thus far to survive a setback season, despite making the playoffs the year before?

    Sunday proved that there's still hope and the Lions can still be a playoff-caliber performer. They really have no glaring weaknesses on either side of the ball with the exception of special teams.

Pat Shurmur

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    Last Week: Warm

    After Week 9: Hot

    The Browns have now won only two games all season, but there are positive signs indicating these guys are better than their record and are growing as the season goes on.

    The Browns and Shurmur have nice tools with which to build upon and are beginning to pile on young talent to the roster.

    But one thing that must pan out for his regime to continue is the positive development of Brandon Weeden. Rookie quarterbacks who are 28 years old are not afforded the same patience as the more common 22-year-old variety.

    New ownership may not permit much time for this group to mesh if it exercises its right to clean house and bring in its own guys. Shurmur must see this season as an audition. Losing to a banged-up Ravens squad is the main reason Shurmur has gone back onto the Hot seat.

    Wins will be the only thing that can save him from here on out. Bleacher Report's NFL draft lead writer, Matt Miller, tweeted Sunday night:

    Hard to see Pat Shumur surviving this season. So many questionable calls. Talented team with room to grow.

    — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 4, 2012

Mike McCarthy

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    Last Week: Cozy

    After Week 9: Cozy

    Mike McCarthy led his Packers to another victory Sunday. This time, it was a closer-than-expected win against a struggling Arizona squad.

    But a win is a win, especially considering the key injuries the Packers are forced to overcome.

    Green Bay is now on a four-game winning streak, and Aaron Rodgers looks to have returned to his dominating ways of a year ago.

    Most expected the 2012 version of Green Bay to be even more dangerous and complete, but the team has had disappointing results for much of the year.

    McCarthy is still a good coach and Rodgers is still the best quarterback in the NFL, so expect the Packers to be major players once again in the postseason. Don't expect McCarthy's seat to get Hot this year.

Mike Tomlin

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    Last Week: Cozy

    After Week 9: Cozy

    Pittsburgh continues to find a way to win despite injuries to key playmakers on both sides of the ball. Tomlin led the injury-riddled Steelers into an equally beaten-up New Jersey/New York area and guided his team to a huge victory over the red-hot Giants.

    The path to the playoffs looks to be much more challenging than in years past for the Steelers. This may be the year they find themselves without a playoff spot, but Tomlin appears to be doing everything right in putting his team in the best positions to win.

    Either way, Tomlin is almost guaranteed to return as head coach since the Steelers are only a few pieces away from contention once again. This should minimize the fact that Tomlin was the first coach to fall from his Cozy status a few weeks back, and his status has gone back and forth from Cozy to Cool ever since.

    There's plenty of time for Tomlin to sit pretty again, but the question remains whether the Steelers' 5-3 start is a temporary hiccup or the beginning of a downward trend toward mediocrity. A three-game winning streak is a nice sign of things to come.

Leslie Frazier

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    Last Week: Cool

    After Week 9: Room Temperature

    Frazier is by far the most improved head coach in terms of his Hot-seat status. After the Week 2 loss to the Colts, I had Frazier on the Hot seat. Then he and his team went on a winning streak, and he was moved all the way up to Cool. 

    But now, after dropping three of his last five games, Frazier has fallen back down to earth with a Room Temperature status update. 5-4 is still an impressive record considering expectations heading into the season were not very high.

    Leslie Frazier may end up proving he can be the Vikings coach for the long haul. The question still remains, though: Are these Vikings for real?

    Judging by their recent performances, "legitimate contenders" doesn't seem to apply to Minnesota just yet.

Gary Kubiak

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    Last Week: Cozy

    After Week 9: Get This Man an Extension

    Houston came back from its bye week operating at full throttle against the Buffalo Bills. To be successful in the NFL you have to be able to beat the teams you're suppose to beat. Houston has done a nice job of this over the last couple of years.

    Standing atop the AFC at 7-1, Kubiak can take pride in seeing years of hard work finally starting to pay off over the last two seasons. Kubiak has slowly built a Super Bowl-caliber team in Houston.

    Kubiak's system and coaching style have been integral to the Texans' success, so don't expect a noticeable change on the Houston sidelines in the foreseeable future.

    Given the team’s consistent improvement through the years, Kubiak has bought himself a lot of leeway. His seat is extremely safe and should remain that way for quite some time.

Mike Smith

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    Last Week: Get This Man an Extension

    After Week 9: Get This Man an Extension

    A solid win over Dallas on Sunday night keeps the Falcons' record unblemished. The Falcons are the last unbeaten team in the NFL.

    Smith has never had a losing season during his tenure in Atlanta, but what he still needs to prove is that he can win in the postseason.

    In four years of calling the shots, he has won 70 percent of his games and brought a level of consistency the Falcons organization has never had. Smith's job security is stable and should remain that way for at least the foreseeable future.

Chuck Pagano

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    Last Week: Room Temperature

    After Week 9: Room Temperature

    Chuck made a postgame locker room appearance Sunday following the Colts' big win over the Miami Dolphins in the battle of rookie QBs.

    Coach Pagano has been dealing with life-threatening issues far more serious than the outcome of any football game. He was diagnosed with leukemia and has now been forced to take a leave of absence.

    Pagano, who was/is just getting started in Indy, should remain in the Room-Temperature range for the duration of his inaugural season as head coach. Bleacher Report's AFC South lead writer, Nate Dunlevy, tweeted Sunday:

    56% of the Colts' total offense today was generated by rookies. Chew on that tought.

    — Nate Dunlevy (@NateDunlevy) November 4, 2012

Ron Rivera

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    Last Week: On Fire

    After Week 9: On Fire

    The Carolina Panthers had high expectations entering the season, hoping to glide to victory on the wings of their young star quarterback. Unfortunately, the team that won six games last year happens to be doing much worse this go-around, with a 2-6 record.

    The easy thing for Ron Rivera and the Panthers to do following their tough loss to Chicago would be to cash it in for the season and give it up. Instead, the Panthers have actually been playing pretty decent ball the last two weeks, and they pulled off their second win of the year.

    To Rivera's credit, he was a few inches away from pulling out a victory against the undefeated Falcons earlier this season, but a Cam Newton fumble put an end to those hopes. He was also one field goal away from beating the first-place Bears as well.

    Rivera's biggest disappointment this year has been the team's struggles on defense. Considering he's a defensive-minded coach, the confusion on that side of the ball is becoming disturbing, to say the least.

    Sunday, the defensive unit seemed to be putting things together. They held RG3 and the Redskins to only 13 points on the day.

Mike Mularkey

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    Last Week: Hot

    After Week 9: On Fire

    The Jaguars are the worst team in the NFL. They've been poor-to-terrible in every team category worth mentioning. When a team is performing this poorly, the head coach must assume the bulk of the responsibility.

    To say the least, the Jags don't appear to be fielding a legitimate contender this season. And if Mularkey fails to field a competitive team, he is almost guaranteed to be out of a job before season's end. More outings like the one against the Lions could make ownership's decision to move on an easy one.

Sean Payton

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    Last Week: Cozy

    After Week 9: Update: According to an article via Timothy Rapp

    According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, his contract will be voided after this season:

    Within the past year, the multiyear contract extension the Saints announced for Sean Payton in September 2011 was voided by the NFL, making the suspended head coach a free agent after this season and casting questions on how long he will remain in New Orleans, according to league sources.

    Payton is expected to become the NFL's most sought-after head coach after this season and there already is speculation in league circles that he could wind up returning to Dallas, where he worked as the assistant head coach from 2003 to 2005, during which time the Cowboys brought in quarterback Tony Romo, who attended the same college, Eastern Illinois, as Payton.

    Sean Payton's importance to the Saints is becoming more evident with each passing week. Even though the Saints got their first win in Week 5, the team is clearly missing its mastermind. The team is running around like an unpolished version of itself.

    This is the irony of Payton's Hot-seat update. He is best served by a poor display from the Saints—exactly the type of play we have seen with their 2-5 record on the season.

    Considering Payton may be the second-most important person in the franchise behind only Drew Brees, the Saints may want to begin negotiating a contract extension for him as soon as possible. Soon, that will have to be his status.

Mike Munchak

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    Last Week: Warm

    After Week 9: Hot

    In Week 9, the Titans hosted the the Chicago Bears and, frankly, looked horrendous. The Bears embarrassed Tennessee in all phases of the game en route to a 51-20 blowout.

    ESPN reported that Bud Adams even left the game early after being disappointed.

    It seems Munchak has some ability as a coach, considering that he has fielded a competitive team almost every week despite the minimal talent. However, as the season has progressed, the Titans defense has been exposed and exploited time and time again, developing into one of the worst units in the NFL.

    Now 3-6, Tennessee is not out of the race yet, but unfortunately, they're losing their competitive edge. This could spell the end of the Mike Munchak regime.

Greg Schiano

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    Last Week: Room Temperature

    After Week 9: Cool

    Schiano and the Bucs are on a two-game winning streak and, more importantly, seem to be building something big in Tampa Bay.

    Sunday's barnburner of a game against the Raiders gave fans a chance to see some of the future playmakers the Bucs will be featuring for the next several years. The 42-32 win is a big step in the right direction for Greg Schiano's gang of tough, disciplined warriors.

    The Buccaneers may be one of the younger squads in the league, but they also are extremely talented, with three promising rookies in Mark Barron, Doug Martin and Lavonte David.

    They also brought in high-profile, free-agent wideout Vincent Jackson to be the go-to receiver.

    Schiano has made his mark on this once-undisciplined team, as they have one of the best turnover margins in the NFL, at plus-nine. This improvement is one of the reasons his status is not Room Temperature for the first time all year.

John Fox

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    Last Week: Cool

    After Week 9: Cool

    Denver has continued to improve as a team heading down the stretch run for postseason positioning. Coach Fox and the Broncos have won four of their last five games after a decisive win against the Bengals, who were fighting their tails off in an attempt to remain relevant this season.

    With the addition of Peyton Manning, the Broncos should be one of the most dangerous AFC teams as we head nearer to the postseason. That's why expectations are extremely high in Denver.

    John Fox’s squad would have to implode for him to be in trouble. As of right now, his Broncos have won two straight, and they sit respectably with a 5-3 record.

    Coach Fox has the team headed in the right direction and could end up sitting Cozy if he finds himself in the playoffs for the second straight season.

Ken Whisenhunt

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    Last Week: Room Temperature

    After Week 9: Room Temperature

    The Cardinals have now lost an abysmal five games in a row, making Green Bay the latest benefactors of an atrocious offense that has given up more sacks than any other team in the NFL.

    Whisenhunt will have to find a way to account for this offense's glaring weakness up front on the line.

    Whisenhunt has done his best with what's available. However, let us not forget the role he played in creating this lackluster quarterback situation by releasing Matt Leinart, bringing in Kevin Kolb with a big free-agent contract and failing to add any help on the offensive line.

    The Cardinals may have a solid defense, but they have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Still, they started the season by beating three teams they had no business competing against, and that is a sign of solid coaching. But something must be done on the offensive side of the ball if Arizona's to have any chance at the playoffs.

    Losing six in a row will surely warm up Whisenhunt's seat a few more degrees.

Jeff Fisher

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    Last Week: Room Temperature

    After Week 9: Room Temperature

    Although we can't bash the Rams too hard for losing to the red-hot Packers, which dropped Fisher's status to Room Temperature, we can, however, bash them for their terrible showing against the New England Patriots across the sea in England two weeks ago.

    Hopefully, St. Louis is resting and figuring out how to improve during its bye week.

    The Rams are 3-5 and seemingly headed in the wrong direction. Luckily, the Rams have their franchise QB in Sam Bradford and can build around him for the next 10 years.

    All indications seem to point toward Fisher being a big part of that process, so his coaching status should remain relatively safe.

Romeo Crennel

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    Last Week: On Fire

    After Week 9: On Fire

    Things are getting pretty ugly in Kansas City, and Matt Cassel's absence, or presence, proved that the problem is much bigger than the quarterback position. Losing to San Diego on Thursday may be the final straw for Romeo and the Chiefs, who seem to be failing at every phase of the game.

    Scott Pioli and the Chiefs organization expected immediate success this season, given the obvious talent on the roster. Unfortunately, starting the season with a 1-7 record that consists mostly of blowout losses already has Crennel under fire.

    It seems that finishing with a winning record is the only outcome that can save Crennel's job for 2013. As of right now, his seat is On Fire, and he's in immediate danger of not finishing the season.

    As for GM Scott Pioli, this is likely the last head coach he will hire in Kansas City.

Jim Harbaugh

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    Last Week: Get This Man an Extension

    After Week 9: Get This Man an Extension

    The 49ers get to rest and enjoy a week off from competition, so there will not be any changes or updates this week.

    Harbaugh's job status remains extremely safe. Getting the 49ers to the NFC title game in his first year and creating a distinct identity for his team—a tough group with an old-school mentality blended perfectly with trickery and creativity—has him completely safe.

    Harbaugh’s turnaround and general leadership are hard to ignore. He will have to endure a series of terrible losses for anything to change his status this year.

Dennis Allen

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    Last Week: Room Temperature

    After Week 9: Warm

    Coach Allen had his Raiders offense rolling Sunday despite losing star running back Darren McFadden. The shootout against the Bucs was exciting and showed some promise in terms of offensive prowess and an overall competitive mentality.

    Dennis Allen and his Raiders have won two of their last five games. Frankly, Oakland is lucky to have won three games, but wins are wins in the NFL, and Allen has a lot to be proud of.

    The last thing Raiders fans want to endure is another season as the most dysfunctional team in the NFL.

    The good news is the Raiders look like they're playing smart, disciplined football and fighting all the way to the end (at least most of the time).

    The Raiders are 3-5. Regardless of the record, Allen will be judged on his ability to make the team competitive in every game while showing improvement as the season progresses.

Pete Carroll

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    Last Week: Room Temperature

    After Week 9: Cool

    Pete Carroll and the Seahawks ended a two-game skid on Sunday with an impressive win over the Minnesota Vikings. This was a unique showing of offensive productivity by Seattle as Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns and Marshawn Lynch ran for 124 yards on 26 carries.

    The Seahawks currently sit at 5-4 and are in prime position to make a run at the playoffs.

    Pete Carroll is trying to prove he is more than willing to do what it takes to get them there—even if it means benching Matt Flynn, the big free-agent QB acquisition, in favor of Russell Wilson, the shrimpy third-round rookie.

    Carroll has also built perhaps the league's most feared secondary. But there doesn't seem to be enough weapons offensively to truly compete with the big boys this year. They can, however, stay competitive in any game on any given Sunday.

    Carroll has had enough success to warrant a Cool hot-seat status—for now.

Norv Turner

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    Last Week: On Fire

    After Week 9: On Fire 

    Norv Turner's job is all but lost, which is why he has the most severe of all available job statuses. He would have had this status on Week 1, but it wasn't available until Week 8.

    The only way he can keep his job is if he gets San Diego to the AFC Championship Game. Anything less and it’s "Adios, Mr. Turner." But if the Chargers can win enough games, there is a good chance his seat could cool down before long.

    As of right now, the seat doesn’t get hotter for a head coach sitting at 4-4. The Chargers have now ended a three-game losing streak with a solid win over a terrible Kansas City team.

    Turner has nearly worn out his welcome in San Diego and was only retained after last season because of desperate pleas by Philip Rivers, who lobbied heavily to give the coach one last chance.

    The organization has completely lost its patience and is all but set for a complete overhaul from the top down. This means that even if the Chargers make the playoffs, Turner's status will likely be On Fire heading into that game.