As the NFL regular season nears crunch time, there have been a number of NFL head coaches who have been identified as being on the hot seat. How many of them have a realistic chance to be brought back in 2013 to continue what they started?
Depending on the various sources you look at, there are as many as 14 head coaches who have been labeled as "hot-seat coaches" at one point or another this season. Out of the group of 14, the coaches that seem to have no chance of returning in 2013 would be Andy Reid (Philadelphia Eagles), Pat Shurmur (Cleveland Browns), Romeo Crennel (Kansas City Chiefs) and Norv Turner (San Diego Chargers). Their fates appear to be sealed.
With five weeks left to go in the 2012 season, there is still time for coaches who are on shaky ground to firm up their status by going on a late winning streak. For those who are unable to motivate their teams to get hot in December, these final five weeks will serve as their swan song.
Here are the coaches on the hot seat who we believe will find a way to be back in 2013, and what they have to do to continue their current employment.