Tom Coughlin, Jeff Fisher and Other NFL Coaches On The Hot Seat
Mike Singletary joined Wade Phillips, Josh McDaniels and Brad Childress on the unemployment line this week after the San Francisco 49ers mercilessly let him go.
With only one week left in the regular season, the chances of any more coaches getting fired right now is pretty slim. But just because they make it through a 16-game season with their heads above water doesn't mean that they will be back to coach next year (or at least not with their current teams).
Here is the final look at the five NFL head coaches (interim head coaches don't count) who could be looking for a new job soon.
Jeff Fisher, Why He'll Stay
Fisher has been the head coach of the Titans since 1994 and has a lifetime record of 142-119. He's one of most respected men in the game and is generally regarded as someone who knows their football. If Tennessee was disappointed with the job Fisher was doing, then they would have let him go years ago.
Jeff Fisher, Why He'll Go
The Titans have been a disaster this season and after their most recent loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, some writers have begun calling for Fisher's head. It's easy to blame Fisher for Tennessee's 6-9 record, and it's even easier to blame him for why Vince Young hasn't emerged as an elite NFL quarterback. The Titans are desperate for some sort of change, and Fisher may very well be what management has in mind.
Marvin Lewis, Why He'll Stay
Lewis is the reigning NFL Coach of the Year after leading the Bengals to a 10-6 record and playoff appearance last season. Maybe this year is just an aberration for an otherwise solid NFL coach.
Marvin Lewis, Why He'll Go
On the other hand, the Bengals have been just awful. They are 4-11 and quite honestly are lucky to have that many wins. It should go down as the worst season of Lewis' eight-year professional coaching career. Cincinnati fans were excited about this year's team potentially doing damage in the playoffs, and Lewis let them down. It could cost him his job.
John Fox, Why He'll Stay
Fox is one of the longest tenured coaches in the NFL, walking the sidelines for the Carolina Panthers since 2002. He's made the playoff three times in those years and has a very good 5-3 playoff record. If there's one thing keeping him in Carolina, then it's loyalty.
John Fox, Why He'll Go
On the other hand, the Panthers are 2-13 this season and in all likelihood will be awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Nobody expected the Panthers to be good this season, but a two-win season is not what anyone in Carolina had in mind. This franchise needs to be completely rebuilt from the ground up and there's little chance that Fox will be around to supervise it.
Gary Kubiak, Why He'll Stay
Kubiak helped get the Texans to their first winning record in franchise history in 2009, but that's about where his list of accomplishments ends.
Gary Kubiak, Why He'll Go
The fans want Kubiak gone, and they may soon get their wish. The Texans have been a disaster this season and are likely to finish dead last in the AFC South. In Kubiak's tenure Houston has never been a good defensive team, and that needs to change if they're ever going to contend with a team like the Indianapolis Colts.
Tom Coughlin, Why He'll Stay
Tom Coughlin is one of the most accomplished coaches in the NFL with a lifetime record of 132-107. He's won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants and two divisional titles. The Giants haven't had a losing season since 2004, and Coughlin has helped put together a very well balanced roster that features one of the NFL's most ferocious defenses.
Tom Coughlin, Why He'll Go
The Giants need a lot of help to make the playoffs, and Coughlin will take a lot of the blame for not getting the most out of one of the best teams in the NFL. The Giants have lost two straight in heartbreaking fashion after only needing a couple of wins to clinch a playoff spot, and it would be the second straight season that New York fails to make the playoffs after four consecutive appearances. Plus, Bill Cowher has expressed an interest in taking a head coaching job with the Giants—a job that will only become available if Coughlin is fired.