Countdown to NFL's Black Monday: Four Coaches That Could Be On the Hot Seat
As the NFL regular season draws to a close in a few weeks, the day many coaches dread is imminent: Black Monday.
With December 28 marking the final day of the season, owners and GMs everywhere take the opportunity to evaluate what went right, what went wrong, and if it's time to make a change.
Time may be up for four NFL coaches—with their teams struggling, they may find themselves without a job in a few weeks.
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Rod Marinelli, Detroit Lions
Rod Marinelli believes in the invisible. Too bad only visible wins count in the standings. Marinelli's record speaks for itself—he's 10-36 in his tenure with the Lions, and the team's offense ranks near the bottom of the NFL.
By the way, Detroit is two wins away from the first 0-16 season in NFL history. Looks like the coaching carousel will continue in the Motor City.
Herm Edwards, Kansas City Chiefs
Herm Edwards' honeymoon period is over in KC. After a 9-7 record and a wild-card appearance in 2006, the Chiefs went 4-12 the next year and are 2-12 so far in 2008.
The fact that the team lacks stability at quarterback doesn't help, either. Neither does seeing RB Larry Johnson start only 10 games this year or having an offense that has scored only 18.1 points per game. So much for playing to win the game.
Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
After six years in Cincy, Marvin Lewis' time may be up. The team has struggled to a 2-11-1 start and have been in steady decline since their 11-5 season in 2005.
WR Chad Johnson is having his quietest year since his rookie campaign, probably due to the fact that the Bengals have been hurting at the quarterback position since Carson Palmer went down with an elbow injury early in the year.
While Palmer may be back next year, chances are Lewis may not.
Dick Jauron, Buffalo Bills
Until official word comes from the Bills that Jauron has signed an extension, I'm assuming he is still on the hot seat.
Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson has refused to give up anything about whether or not a three-year extension has been agreed to; if so, Bills fans everywhere will be quite displeased.
Jauron has been vilified for poor coaching decisions in his time here, and the fact that the team stands at 6-8 and out of the playoff for the ninth straight year (after starting the season 5-1) doesn't help his cause.
Although Bills players reportedly love playing for Jauron, they might be playing for someone else in 2009.