NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat Through Week 3 of the 2012 Season

Aaron Nagler@Aaron_NaglerNFL National Lead WriterSeptember 25, 2012

Three weeks into the season and there are head coaches who could start to feel the heat under their seat get a little hotter next week, if they haven't felt it already. 

Yes, we're not even a quarter of the way through the 2012 regular season, and already, some coaches are inching toward the unemployment line one ineffective play call or game-management decision at a time. 

In Cleveland and Carolina, Pat Shurmur and Ron Rivera each have reason to think they need to start righting the ship. Obviously, no one gets fired this early in the season. It's a marathon, not a sprint. 

However, the longer a team continues to show absolutely no desire to compete, as the Panthers did last Thursday night, or a continuous ability to come up short, as the Browns have repeatedly done under Shurmur, the more concerning it becomes.

In the video above, I look at these and a few other scenarios where coaches aren't in danger of being fired anytime soon, but who should certainly be feeling the heat. 

Let us know in the comments below who you think is safe, who you think is in trouble and who I might have missed. 

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