Tom Coughlin, Jeff Fisher and Other NFL Coaches On The Hot Seat

Dmitriy Ioselevich@dioselevSenior Analyst IIIDecember 29, 2010

Tom Coughlin, Jeff Fisher and Other NFL Coaches On The Hot Seat

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Tom Coughlin, Head Coach of the New York Giants looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles during their game on December 19, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Im
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    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

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 26:  Head coach Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans looks on from the sidelines during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 26, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Ima
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    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

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 26:  Head coach Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans walks onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 26, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/G
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    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

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 14:  Marvin Lewis the Head Coach of the Cincinnati Bengals gives instructions to his team during the Bengals 23-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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    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

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals leaves the field after his teams win over the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    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

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 12:  Head coach John Fox of the Carolina Panthers watches on during their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    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

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 21:  Head coach John Fox of the Carolina Panthers walks off the field against the Baltimore Ravens at Bank of America Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    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

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    HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  Head coach Gary Kubiak yells at the officials in the fourth quarter during a football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    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

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans during pre-game warm ups before playing the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    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

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 28:  New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 28, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    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

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 28:  New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 28, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    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.