NFL Predictions Week 8: Sparano Favorite to Be Sacked First
The NFL hot seat always gets warmer this time of year and everyone in South Beach is expecting a change in the immediate future.
Let's take a look at seven coaches that could be filing for unemployment before the 2011 season comes to an end.
Marvin Lewis (+1500)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images
It's hard to imagine that the Cincinnati Bengals would fire Marvin Lewis at this stage of the game, as the team is 4-2 and ranked fourth in the NFL in scoring defense.
The franchise is definitely in a rebuilding phase, acquiring two major draft picks from the Oakland Raiders for quarterback Carson Palmer.
A potential move that could be talked about for years to come.
Lewis simply needs to keep his players out of trouble with the law, allowing him to be around for years to come.
Leslie Frazier (+800)
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has some leeway due to the organization potentially going with rookie quarterback Christian Ponder the rest of the way.
It's not out of the question that the team makes move, taking over the job on an interim basis after the firing of Brad Childress, only to be given full control this season.
With a 1-6 record, anything is possible.
Jim Caldwell (+800)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images
It's amazing how important quarterback Peyton Manning is to this franchise, leaving me to wonder if any coach could make things better.
I don't care who you are—when you lose a game like that—the hot seat gets a little bit warmer.
Andy Reid (+500)
Brody Wheeler/Getty Images
The "Dream Team" came into the season with a lot of new parts, but fans will start becoming restless if improvement isn't shown on Sunday.
Todd Haley (+350)
John Sommers II/Getty Images
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley is a loose cannon, but he's also someone that has rallied his team to three consecutive wins after an 0-3 start.
No immediate danger.
Jack Del Rio (+175)
Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
Head coach Jack Del Rio is a former linebacker and his team is playing spirited football on defense, limiting the Ravens to just 146 yards.
Whoever made the call to draft rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert could be the one to go, completing just 48.3 percent of his passes in six games.
The organization should still be patient with the former Missouri Tigers star due to facing three of the league's top defenses in successive weeks.
Tony Sparano (-470)
Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
The Miami Dolphins are now 0-6 and one of the leaders to obtain the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
Last Sunday's 18-15 loss to the Denver Broncos sealed the fate of head coach Tony Sparano, failing to hold onto a 15-point lead with 7:34 left in the fourth quarter.
Owner Stephen Ross will likely let the story play out for at least two more weeks, as the team plays on the road against the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs.
The decision will not be very difficult to make if the Dolphins come back home with an 0-8 record.