NFL: Head Coaches Who May Be Done After the 2011 Season
They take credit for wins and get blamed for every loss. And when things continually go south, then a change is needed to be made.
Because of the NFL season is so short, coaches do not have the luxury of the NBA, NHL or MLB. The games mean everything. But it also means the shortest leash for failure.
These head coaches may feel the heat if they do not win. While there could be as much as 25 percent of the NFL seeing a change and with Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy and the latest hot college coach on the horizon, the need to pull the trigger might be a quick one.
Pat Shurmur, Cleveland Browns
He is a rookie coach and should get a decent-sized leash for the first few years.
But Mike Holmgren is the general manager. Therefore, there will always be a chance the fever to coach will hit him, and he will jump at the chance to walk the sidelines again.
Chan Gailey, Buffalo Bills
They are trying to put the right pieces together.
This team needed a quarterback in the recent draft but got Marcel Dareus. He fills a big hole on the defensive line, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is serviceable at best.
Gailey has to hope that CJ Spiller has a better second season than an average first season.
Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars
Owner Wayne Weaver gave Del Rio an ultimatum at the end of the season. The Jaguars have to win this season, make the playoffs and show improvement.
Otherwise, Del Rio, an eight-year head coach in the NFL, will be out of a job.
The task is further complicated by the fact that the Jaguars draft was for 2012, not 2011.
Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
While he was not let go last year by the Brown family, Lewis may have his toughest job ahead of him in Cincy.
Without Carson Palmer, Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson, which is a real possibility, Lewis may have to rely on Andy Dalton to resurrect the Bengals from the dead and into playoff contention.
Hue Jackson, Oakland Raiders
Jackson is well respected among Raiders brass, but he is in a tough spot.
Tom Cable was doing well in Oakland and brought the team back to .500. He looked to be righting the ship. The running game is solid and the receivers are young.
The question is whether Al Davis will give Jackson time to make things happen.
Norv Turner, San Diego Chargers
Every year Turner does a great job of taking this team to the playoffs or to a winning record, and they just come up short. How long will ownership allow this to happen?
They have a great quarterback in Philip Rivers and a solid running game. The defense is fairly young, and the time to win is NOW.
Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
I want to see this guy succeed. He has the fire power within his grasp and a healthy Tony Romo.
If the defense holds and Dez Bryant becomes the receiver the Cowboys think he can be, then Dallas can finally get into the playoffs with an eye toward the Super Bowl.
Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans
He has all the resources on offense and has a weak defense. If Kubiak can pull it all together, this could be a playoff team.
If not, this could be the final year for the first and only head coach of the expansion team.
Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
I put him on this list because I wonder if he is losing his firepower.
He looks like he does not want to be on the sideline anymore. Mike Vick gives this team a great chance to win all the time, but you have to wonder how long Reid will want to continue his time in Philly.
His family almost made him leave the game, and since then the question has loomed large.
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