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Here's a look back at who was originally labeled endangered, my comments on their performance, and whether or not I would like to have changed the original pick.
John Fox, Carolina Panthers
I ceased ranking Fox in the hot seat because, no matter how bad his performance, he wasn't going to be fired by the Panthers' management. In their eyes, he'd earned the right to coach the final year of his contract before potentially retiring from the game.
Fox's Panthers have been as bad as I predicted and worse, going 1-6 and beating only lowly San Francisco. They've bounced between quarterbacks Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen and haven't looked good in any phase or really in any game.
Would I like to have it back? No. If he were on almost any other team, he'd have been fired already.
Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears
I originally ranked Smith here because, well, his team hadn't met expectations since 2006, when the Bears reached the Super Bowl. Many of the rumor mills had Smith being fired if his team failed to reach the postseason.
They still do, but Smith's Bears have a 4-3 record and have played well in most games. The record should likely be 3-4 but for a controversial call, but at 4-3 the Bears are positioned to be a player when the chips fall. The question is whether or not they can stay there with Jay Cutler doing his best Jeff George impersonation.
Would I like to have it back? No. I still think he's a goner because I don't think Chicago can stay in the race to the finish.
Raheem Morris, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No one thought Morris, who barely survived his first season in the headset, had a prayer of lasting two years. The thought here was that, if he was almost fired once, another bad year would do him in for good.
As the great Lee Corso is fond of saying, not so fast, my friend. Tampa Bay has been every bit one of the surprise teams in the NFL through eight weeks, posting a 5-2 record, and showing an unlikely amount of growth and success. This young team is playing veteran-type football.
Would I like to have it back? At the time it seemed like a good idea, but yes I'd like to have this one back.
Tom Cable, Oakland Raiders
Cable coaches for Al Davis, so he's always on the hot seat. After also barely surviving the season and rumors of his firing after it was over, the theory was that he would be fired as soon as Al Davis could find a new bulb for his overhead projector.
Well, at 4-4 the Raiders are only one game behind surprising Kansas City for the AFC West lead. In a weak division and a conference that seems intent on beating itself up with bruising football, they are in great position to make a return to the playoffs. Darren McFadden has arrived and the offense and defense are finally starting to click. Gee, who'd have guessed that a little consistency at the top could make all the difference.
Would I like to have it back? I never saw this coming. The scary thing? This team plays hard for Cable. I want this one back.
Eric Mangini, Cleveland Browns
Mangini survived a complete overhaul of the people above him, he lost virtually all of his personnel power, and he is not well liked by his players. He also now has a former head coach above him in the front office (Mike Holmgren).
At first, Mangini seemed a sure bet to be canned, but after inserting rookie Colt McCoy against the Steelers, the team has looked more stable and dangerous. McCoy might be following in the footsteps of several recent rookie quarterbacks who made unlikely strides early in their first year. Upsetting champion New Orleans two weeks ago was even more important.
Would I like to have it back? No. I still maintain that Mangini is in trouble, but he might have finally found a way to get Cleveland back into the conversation. We'll have to stay tuned.