Even before the 2009 season began, we saw two teams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills) fire their offensive coordinators, and have since seen the Bills let go of their head coach, Dick Jauron.
We've also watched as the Redskins were constantly grilled on Jim Zorn's future, and just today learned that GM Vinny Cerrato would step down, that Bruce Allen was stepping in, and now Jon Gruden and Mike Shanahan are front-runners to come in and help turn Daniel Snyder's Redskins around.
There has also been news about Mike Holmgren visiting Cleveland, raising concern in the Eric Mangini household, and there have also been rumors about a Bill Cowher return to coaching.
With several pathetic NFL teams this year, and others not meeting expectations, it's not just a coincidence that we keep hearing about all these high-profile names thinking about a return.
While several rookie head coaches have struggled, this particular article will give them the benefit of the doubt, as their franchises likely will, although we may not be so generous with Mangini and his lowly Browns.
Here's a look at the top five coaches who are very close to being on their way out, and who we might expect to replace them.