NFL Coaches On The Hot Seat
More than a quarter of the way into the season we can get a pretty good idea as to which NFL coaches are on the chopping block, and there are certainly a few of them in 2012. Let’s look at the coaches most likely to be looking for work come next season or even sooner.
Pat Shurmur, coach of the Cleveland Browns
Shurmur is as good as gone at the end of the season, with new owner Jimmy Haslam pretty much writing it on the wall during his introductory press conference that he intends to clean house. This cleaning will start at the front office with team president Mike Holmgren who made Pat Shurmur his personal pick to coach the Browns.
Holmgren already stated he will be stepping down at year end in which former Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner will take over at CEO. With the man responsible for hiring him out the door, it is only a matter of time (probably seasons end) till the Browns coach Pat Shurmur follows along with the rest of the front office.
Norv Turner, San Diego Chargers
Surprising this man is even still coaching after the San Diego Chargers year in and year out fail to progress, and fall to mediocrity. After blowing a 24-0 halftime lead to a division rival which ended up in an embarrassing loss by double digits on national television, it will be even more surprising if coach Turner makes it out of the season with his job.
Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chiefs
Just a year ago the Kansas City Chiefs fired Todd Haley after a poor start in which many of his key contributors were injured. KC’s defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel took over as an interim roll and eventually won the head coaching job with a strong finish to the season.
If KC was so quick to get rid of Haley the only person to give them the tiniest bit of hope in years after a playoff berth, you can be sure they will be quick to part ways with Crennel who has once again seemed over matched at the head coaching position. Look for GM Scott Pioli to follow as he has been riding his success from New England Patriot days for too long, and has blown way too many high draft picks.
Jason Garret, Dallas Cowboys
Before the season started owner Jerry Jones let it be known “ the window of opportunity for the Cowboys is closing “ which led to speculation about whether the Cowboys even have a window to close. Jones let it be clear that he creates the window and whether they close or not, basically meaning he is running low on time at his age and will make changes he feels necessary to win and win now.
Tony Romo could very well be the last QB Jones ever has, trying to get a new gun in the system and experienced enough to win the big one would take too long for the aging owner. Look for him to make changes at the head coaching and other coaching positions, which the Dallas Cowboys seem to clearly need at this point.
Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
It has got to be tough coaching in the city that booed Santa Clause, even more so when every year your firing is speculated on. Truth is Andy Reid is a great coach doing what he can with what he has.
The Philadelphia Eagles are not near as good as they or their rabid fan base thought they were, and if they really do cut ties with Reid they may learn just how good they had it with a great coach.
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