The Jacksonville Jaguars were the first team to pull the plug on their head coach this season when they fired Jack Del Rio. With Del Rio's firing, the coaching hot seat is about to get started. With the playoff picture starting to mold, there are going to be many coaches fighting for their jobs at this point in the season.
Here are coaches that could find themselves on the hot seat as the season comes to a close.
Raheem Morris, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers find themselves sitting at 4-7 after they got off to a nice 4-2 start on the season. Their recent five-game skid has most definitely put Morris' job on the line. Morris may be in trouble after this season, especially with an upcoming schedule with games against the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and two games against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
If Morris fails to get his team past this stretch, he likely will be fighting for his job. If he loses to the Jaguars, he almost certainly will be out of a job. Morris did post a 10-6 record last season, but with so much promise to the start of this year, the Bucs may find it best to look for a new head coach.
Following the Cardinals' Super Bowl appearance in 2008, Whisenhunt has led the team to an overall record of 19-24. Even in his two years prior to the Super Bowl game, Whisenhunt's overall record is still a losing one, at 34-39. The Cardinals decided to make a big move this year for quarterback Kevin Kolb, as nothing was working out following the retirement of Kurt Warner.
Things haven't gone well for the Cardinals this year, and they once again find themselves in a rut, sitting at 4-7 with the Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks remaining on the schedule. It is hard to imagine Whisenhunt getting another year, but perhaps with Kolb's potential return this weekend, the Cardinals will be able to get back into things.
While the Eagles have been a great team over the years under Reid's lead, they ultimately have never been able to turn potential into results. Since becoming the head coach of the Eagles in 1999, Reid has taken the team to the playoffs nine times. Six of those times, they were the winners of the NFC East, and were often considered one of the far favorites. Still, Reid has never been able to pull through.
In NFC Championships and Super Bowls, Reid is 1-5. While Reid has been great at getting his teams into the playoffs, they just have never been able to finish the job.
With this season, and the "dream team" sitting at 4-7 and not fulfilling the hype, it may finally be time to write Reid off. With how the close the NFC East is, the Eagles could still potentially sneak into the playoffs. They still have a chance to turn things around, but if they fail to, perhaps it is time to put this team into a new direction.