The 2012 NFL season has a number of head coaches that are classified as "hot seat coaches" because they haven't been able to turn around their team fast enough to satisfy the fanbase or ownership.
In general, the shelf life of NFL head coaches don't last very long with one team because of the intense pressure to win. Another contributing factor is that the message that coaches preach to their players only lasts so long before it starts to wear thin. Coaches are given shorter contracts, and when they hit lame-duck status, the players start to question how much longer the coach will be around.
Usually coaches are allowed more than one year to turn around a franchise. But if you lose and rub people the wrong way all year, like Bobby Valentine of the Boston Red Sox did, then you will get canned in your first year.
Jeff Howe from NESN wrote that the average tenure of the NFL head coaches in 2011 was just 3.25 years.
The 2012 season saw seven new head coaches take over a team, and if you want to include the New Orleans Saints mess, then it would be eight teams that had a new head coach. The new coaches were Greg Schiano (Tampa Bay), Jeff Fisher (St. Louis), Dennis Allen (Oakland), Joe Philbin (Miami), Romeo Crennel (Kansas City), Mike Mularkey (Jacksonville) and Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis).
Jon Gruden is just one of a number of ex-head coaches that are available for the right situation, so how many current head coaches will be fired at the end of the 2012 season? Here is our presentation for which "hot seat coaches" that should be granted one more year to fulfill their promise and destiny.