The NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat in 2009
The 2009 NFL season is already three weeks old and some of the teams are separating themselves already.
There is the good separating like the teams that are 3-0 and 2-1, but some of the teams are falling behind quickly and aren't looking too good at 1-2 or even 0-3.
For some coaches, they can't afford to have another losing season, because their job could be on the line.
Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren, Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher are all former head coaches with previous success in the league who have won Super Bowls and don't have a job in 2009. With coaches possibly on the hot seat already in 2009, they might find themselves coaching again in 2010.
Who is on the NFL coaching hot seat in 2009? Let's find out.
Dick Jauron, Buffalo Bills
Jauron's tenure in Buffalo hasn't been that great, and it doesn't look like it's going to get any better.
Terrell Owens is another bad game away from tearing the team apart, and don't be surprised if Jauron takes criticism from Owens.
Jauron has had better success as a coordinator than as a head coach, and some wouldn't be surprised if Jauron exits Buffalo after 2009.
Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars
In 2007, the Jaguars were a playoff team and even upset the Steelers in the playoffs.
Before 2008, the Jaguars were ranked in the top five and considered an AFC powerhouse favorite, but that was completely wrong. Injuries and horrible play crushed the Jaguars season.
2009 has not been going any better starting at 1-2. Games are also getting blacked out in the area, which can not be good for the fan base there.
If the miserable season continues, don't be surprised if Del Rio gets the boot.
Eric Mangini, Cleveland Browns
Mangini was fired the day after the Jets 2008 season ended, where they were eliminated from the AFC playoff contention and let the Dolphins win the AFC East title in their own building.
In Cleveland, he's making life miserable for the Browns. He has 5,000 little rules and just recently, fined an unknown player $1,701 for taking a $3 water bottle out of his mini bar. Really Eric? Your water is free from the damn team.
But what's worse is the Browns are 0-3, and aren't playing like a professional team. One Cleveland sports writer said it's getting so bad, they didn't expect Mangini to make it to Halloween. That says something about the hatred.
Norv Turner, San Diego Chargers
Google Norv Turner's name, and one of the first things you find on the search is a Web site created by the Chargers fans called "FireNorv.com."
Apparently that's how bad the fans want Turner out.
One person predicted if the Chargers don't make the Super Bowl in 2009, expect Turner's firing and expect San Diego to break out the wallet to lure Mike Holmgren out of retirement.
It wouldn't be the first time Turner has ever been fired. He was also let go from Washington and Oakland's head coaching jobs. Turner's been more successful as an offensive coordinator in the past.
Jim Zorn, Washington Redskins
Zorn wasn't even hired to be the head coach to begin with. He was originally hired to be the offensive coordinator, but because nobody wanted the Washington job, Zorn won the job by default.
After the Redskins lost to the Lions 19-14, Zorn and former NFL player Sonny Jurgensen got into an argument on a Washington sports radio show, which many aren't too thrilled about because of Jurgensen's popularity in the area.
Zorn looks lost and Jason Campbell has been horrible. Some might expect Daniel Snyder to give Zorn the heave before the end of 2009.
Wade Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
Now, the Cowboys are 2-1 so far in 2009, but time is not on Phillips side in 2009.
His team choked down the stretch of 2008 and were eliminated from playoff contention, and they've lost the only game in the postseason under Phillips at home to the Giants.
If anyone who follows football knows one thing, it is that Jerry Jones HATES losing. With a lot of quality head coaches out on the market, many expect Jones to go get one for 2010, no matter what Dallas does.
Phillips will probably end up being someone's defensive coordinator in 2010, which is really where he should be.
John Fox, Carolina Panthers
Going into the 2008 playoffs the Panthers looked like a strong team that could make a serious run in January.
Then the Cardinals came in and embarrassed Carolina, made Jake Delhomme look absolutely horrible and ended their chances for a Super Bowl bid.
In 2009 the Panthers are off to an 0-3 start and Delhomme is very close to being benched after getting a contract extension. With Bill Cowher out there, who lives in North Carolina, it might be tough for the Panthers to keep Fox.
Fox is another coach who could end up back as a defensive coordinator somewhere else if he doesn't get a second chance at a coaching job right away.