03 September 2012

NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat in 2012

Although not as frequent as in college football for obvious reasons, the coaching carousel can get a little active at times in the NFL and thus there are always coaches who have themselves on the proverbial hot seat. What coaches could be coaching for their jobs in 2012? Here is a look.

Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
Lewis always seems to find himself on the hot seat and while sometimes it is due to the inconsistent play on the field from the Bengals, other teams it is due to the curious decisions of owner Mike Brown. Even after the team surprised many to reach the postseason a year ago, Lewis is entering a contract year as his deal expires after the 2012 season. Brown is notoriously frugal and with the team likely to take a step back record-wise this season with a much stronger schedule, you could see Lewis fired with defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer a likely replacement.

Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
There is always a lot of pressure on whoever coaches the Dallas Cowboys, and Jason Garrett has been no exception. Garrett has coached the team for only a season and a half and while he received some positive reviews in rallying the Cowboys to a 6-10 finish in 2010, the team disappointed to .500 last year, losing their last two games not in close fashion. There are expectations to reach the postseason after an aggressive offseason saw them make big upgrades to the secondary and if the team stumbles again, Jones will probably not hesitate to make a change.

Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings
Frazier, like Garrett, took over as interim coach of the Vikings in 2010 and over the final six games, led them to a respectable 3-3 mark, doubling the amount of wins that the team had when he took over. However, last season was a complete disaster in the Twin Cities, as the 3-13 mark was the worst record the team had had since 1984. There were not great expectations for the team last year but nobody foresaw the mess the team was last season. Donovan McNabb was a disaster and rookie Christian Ponder showed some flashes but was not great by any means. The Vikings need to show improvement this season or Frazier could get axed.

Rex Ryan, New York Jets
Ryan and the Jets took the league by storm in his first two seasons in the Big Apple, reaching the AFC Championship Game in both years. But the team took a clear step backwards a year ago, losing their last three games to finish at 8-8 with an array of problems and distractions coming out of the locker room. Ryan was criticized by some for focusing too much on the defense and staying completely away from the offense but now after embattled offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer departed Florham Park, it could be Ryan who is the fall guy if the Jets disappoint in 2012.

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
After the so-called "Dream Team" disappointed last season to a 8-8 finish and out of the playoffs, Reid is under a lot of pressure, not just from the famously angry Eagles fanbase but from team management as well. Owner Jeffrey Lurie has gone on the record saying that another 8-8 season is unacceptable. Reid has not won a playoff game since 2008 and he will probably have to do just that to keep his job but it will be tough when your quarterback consistently misses multiple games every season.

Norv Turner, San Diego Chargers
How in the world does Norv still have a job? I bet there are many Chargers fans that are pondering that very question every day. After two disappointing seasons, Turner was expected to get canned but amazingly, he is still around, as well as general manager A.J. Smith. San Diego has been on a downward slope the past couple of years so you would think that Turner needs to make the playoffs to save his job. The team has the talent to do so but the AFC West is a quality division with not a huge amount of seperation from top to bottom.

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