Dave Wannstedt and 4 NFL Coordinators Who Are Losing Their Jobs This Season

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2012

Nov 20, 2011; Miami, FL, USA;  Buffalo Bills assistant head coach Dave Wannstedt prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 35-8. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
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Dave Wannstedt heads the list of five coordinators who are losing their jobs this season. He is joined by another high-profile defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo.

Both seemed like ideal candidates to construct top-10 defenses. However, both coaches have failed to spark life into their respective units.

There's also two NFC East coordinators who somehow continue to avoid the axe. The list is completed by an NFC South offensive coordinator who was highly-respected just last season.


Marty Mornhinweg, Offensive Coordinator, Philadelphia Eagles

If Andy Reid is eventually pushed through the exit door in Philadelphia, expect Marty Mornhinweg to join him. 

Nobody said it would be easy getting Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy to co-exist. However, Mornhinweg is now in his third year of trying.

Rather than getting his core bunch of talented individuals to work together, Mornhinweg's unit has continued to regress. He has still not found a way to make a team with a running quarterback effective in the red zone.

The only thing Mornhinweg's offense can be relied upon to do is turn the ball over. That's certain to see him join Reid as a casualty of the seemingly inevitable Eagles fallout.


Jim Haslett, Defensive Coordinator, Washington Redskins

Despite recent backing from his head coach, embattled Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett still shouldn't feel safe.

His porous defense has been the main reason behind the Redskins' 3-6 start. Haslett's unit can't stop any team from collecting yards in big chunks through the air.

Injuries to key personnel have not encouraged him to vary his overly-aggressive play-calling. Haslett has had three seasons to get Washington's switch to a 3-4 right. Yet the Redskins' defense still remains mired near the bottom of the league's rankings.

If the pressure increases on Shanahan, he could be inclined to offer Haslett as a scapegoat to the baying masses.


Steve Spagnuolo, Defensive Coordinator, New Orleans Saints

Still carrying name recognition from stifling Tom Brady in Super Bowl 42, Steve Spagnuolo seemed to guarantee a good defense. Yet that hasn't happened for the New Orleans Saints.

Even promising looking free agents like Brodrick Bunkley, David Hawthorne and Curtis Lofton haven't helped. Spagnuolo's complex brand of fire zone pressures have too often left the Saints exposed against the deep ball.

Players have struggled to fully grasp his myriad of blitz and coverage combinations. Failing to successfully translate his message to his personnel is enough to condemn any coordinator.

With suspended head coach Sean Payton a candidate to seek pastures new, Spagnuolo's time in the Big Easy looks short-lived.


Dave Wannstedt, Defensive Coordinator, Buffalo Bills

Dave Wannstedt seemed like the ideal coordinator to direct the Buffalo Bills' new-look 4-3 defense. Instead, he has become just another symbol of failure for the downtrodden AFC East club.

What's been most alarming is how soft Wannstedt's group has been against the run. It defies belief that a front featuring defensive tackles Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams, can be 31st in rushing defense.

Wannstedt has also failed to coax big production from prized free agent Mario Williams.

With the 3-5 Bills likely to again miss the playoffs, expect Wannstedt to be canned along with head coach Chan Gailey.


Rob Chudzinski, Offensive Coordinator, Carolina Panthers

If Cam Newton continues to endure sophomore struggles, offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski will pay the price. The Carolina Panthers have simply invested too much in Newton.

That increases pressure on Chudzinski to make sure Newton and his offense are prolific every season. So far the results in year two have been less than good.

Chudzinski's group is currently 27th in scoring. That just shouldn't happen with a multi-purpose threat like Newton under center.

Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are as talented a duo of running backs as any in the league. Yet both have failed to deliver.

Worse still, premier wideout Steve Smith only has one touchdown to his name.

Chudzinski was highly-regarded in coaching circles after helping orchestrate Newton's record-setting debut season. However, if things don't improve he could suffer an equally spectacular fall from grace.