It's that time of year to start betting on who will be next to join the ranks of the unemployed. In no particular order, my money is on:
Romeo Crennel, Chiefs – He just gave up his job as DC to concentrate on being HC, but it’s too little, too late. Crennel seems like a nice guy but nice guys finish last as the saying goes. He seems destined to be a DC and not a HC in the NFL.
Mike Mularkey, Jags – The Jags hired the former Falcons OC to jump start the offense but they’re mired at the bottom of the league with a 1-7 record and are the lowest scoring team in the NFL with only 117 points to show for their 8 games. Being as it’s his first season, he may buy himself a second year in the job if the offense can show some signs of life the rest of the way.
Andy Reid, Eagles – The Eagles are at 3-5 and have been outscored by their opponents 183-133. Owner Jeff Lurie has stated that mediocrity will not do, so Andy Reid’s 14th season with the Eagles is likely his last.
Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals – He took the Cards to their first ever Super Bowl appearance in his second season, but his overall record with the team was a pretty average 44-42 heading into this season and they’re 4-5 so far this year. The defense is solid but the offense is horrendous – they have yet to find a QB to fill Kurt Warner’s shoes, so you can’t place all the blame on Whisenhunt.
Ron Rivera, Panthers – Including this season he’s now 8-16 as HC and the team seems to have taken a step back this year. They did finally show some signs of life in week 9, so there’s still time to show he’s not in over his head as a HC.
Jason Garrett, Cowboys – To date his record is 16-16 but he still seems to have Jerry Jones support. The offense has stumbled this year and critics still question Garrett’s decision making ability and clock management. If they fail to make the playoffs again his future is iffy but the real problem in Dallas is that Jerry Jones still thinks he’s qualified to be a GM in the NFL.
Rex Ryan, Jets – It’s tough to coach or play under the microscope that exists in the Big Apple and some of the boo-birds are calling for Ryan’s head in spite of his current 35-27 record with the team. The Jets took a step backwards last season and seem to be on the same track this year. The main problem is that Mark Sanchez has turned out to be nothing more than a game manager and Tim Tebow is not the answer.
Marvin Lewis, Bengals – Lewis seems to be coach-for-life in Cincy in spite of sitting at 69-77-1 and 0-3 postseason. He is in the final year of his contract so Mike Brown could decide to go in a different direction next year unless things look up.
Chan Gailey, Bills – Many had the Bills poised to turn the corner this season but they’re tied with the Jets for last place in the AFC East at 3-5, giving Gailey an overall record of 13-27. The switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense and the addition of Mario Williams has failed to yield the desired results as only the Titans have allowed more points in the entire AFC. The offense is average at best.
Norv Turner, Chargers – He seems to be on the hot seat every year, but somehow manages to keep his job with a late season surge. At 4-4 so far this season his record is now 115-121-1 and 4-4 in the postseason. If the team fails to make the playoffs for the 3rd straight season this could be the year he finally gets shown the door
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Not to over-state the obvious, but most of the coaches on the hot seat are also burdened with very weak QBs. That is why my list starts with coaches who'be mismanaged to mess things up despite having quality at QB. 1) Norv. alway first on my list. Has any coach done less with more? 2) Garrrett, clearly over-matched as a head coach. Shows no leadership, well maybe he is a leader, its just he wants to keep hitting on 18. 3) Romeo oh Romeo, where forth art thy coaching accumen? If there were solid front office in KC Crennel would have been fired before someone had time to tell him just how dumb it was to admit he didn't know why his stud RB wasn't a part of the offence. 4) Rex Ryan. Unsexy Rexy, ask not yourself how many super bowls you would have won in SD, ask yourself how many chances you have squandered where you are? the window for coaching success is pretty narrow for most, your's is closed. 5) Reid. Time to step away, maybe take care of your family or recharge your batteries. I can give the rest of them a pass, not due to their brilliance, but because teams are getting what they asked for in the case of Gailey and Lewis (never understood what Cincy saw in him, but he has been consistant.) or have coaches who at least aren't openly questioning the GM for not providing QBs to work with.
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What really gets Turner’s blood boiling is ‘stupid’ question after the game Written by Nick Canepa 6:53 p.m., Nov. 11, 2012
It’s as inevitable as a San Diego flub. Norv Turner’s season is all but done and so is his era as coach of the Chargers. It’s just a matter of when. Probably after the season. No matter now. And he knows it. Accuse Norv of many things, but stupid and dispassionate are not two of them.
You could see it in his eyes — which became very wide — and hear it in his voice — which became very loud here Sunday afternoon — after his students once again were not smart enough to win a game against a team they could have beaten without its all-too-normal bout of brain flatulence — the Bucs.
Norv has been saying it all along, and he said it again Sunday: “This is as tough a group of guys as I’ve been around. They’ve responded in every kind of adversity. ... It’s going to respond. We’ll go to Denver (next Sunday) and they’ll respond and our coaches will respond and put together the type of game plan we had today and we’ll go up there and fight our asses off.”
That begged this question from a San Diego TV reporter: “In your estimation, if they do respond and they still do play hard but still continue to lose, is that acceptable?”
Well, Norv just snapped. His face went the color of a blood orange, he raised his voice dramatically, and went off like I’ve never seen him go off before. “What do you think? What do you think the answer to that question is? Answer it for me. No, it’s not acceptable. You know the answer to that. Is it acceptable having a blocked punt and an interception for a touchdown? No, it’s not acceptable to play hard and not win, but that’s what happened.
Eagles reach a new low under Andy Reid Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012, 9:45 PM
To be an Eagles fan is to be an expert in disappointment, a connoisseur of dashed hopes.
The team has suffered almost every flavor of defeat in Andy Reid's final season. There was the shocking blowout in Arizona, the near-miss in Pittsburgh, the collapse against Detroit, the whipping administered by Atlanta, the failed gut-check in New Orleans.
But this one? This cruel beatdown at the hands of the hated Dallas Cowboys was a rare blend, indeed. In an absolute must-win situation, the Eagles reached out for the faint sweet glimmer of hope, only to have it cruelly snatched away and replaced by the most bitter of defeats.
There was hope in the form of rookie quarterback Nick Foles, who led the team on two third-quarter scoring drives to take a 17-10 lead. There was hope in the sudden competence of a defense that had been AWOL for the previous three-and-a-half games.
And then, in a whiplash 2 minutes, 35 seconds, the Eagles allowed touchdowns in all three phases of the game. A touchdown pass, a punt return, an interception return - a three-punch combination that left the Reid Epoch sprawled on the canvas, waiting for someone to count to 10.
"The way we're losing, we're just giving them away," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. "It's tough. It's like we're at the bottom of the barrel right now. That's five straight now. That's pretty rough."
Jets lose to Seahawks in pathetic fashion By BRIAN COSTELLO Last Updated: 7:39 AM, November 12, 2012 Posted: 2:12 AM, November 12, 2012
SEATTLE — Maybe Rex Ryan needs to stay away from the Jets offense. His involvement does not seem to be helping much.
The Jets coach talked last week about how he was attending the team’s offensive meetings and getting more involved this year on that side of the ball. Judging by the results, he may want to scrap that plan.
The Jets offense was pathetic in a 28-7 loss to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The loss drops the Jets to 3-6 and puts their playoff hopes on life support.
“Obviously, that’s a brutal loss right there,” a glassy-eyed Ryan said after the game.
It’s not hard to figure out what the Jets’ problem was on this day. The offense managed just 185 yards, 11 first downs and made one killer mistake after another.
The main culprit was quarterback Mark Sanchez, who committed two more turnovers to bring his season total to 13. He threw another horrific red-zone interception, his fourth of the year, that killed a nice drive and threw gasoline on the Tim Tebow fire.
Sanchez, playing on his 26th birthday, went 9-for-22 for 124 yards with an interception and a fumble.
Sources: Chargers to fire Norv Turner, A.J. Smith at end of season Written by Kevin Acee 2:08 p.m., Dec. 6, 2012 Updated 2:08 p.m.
It will be finished.
Not only will head coach Norv Turner be gone at the end of the season, but general manager A.J. Smith will be fired as well, as the Chargers make a monumental break from an era that was arguably the most successful and most disappointing in team history.
Sources said this week that Chargers President Dean Spanos essentially decided at least a month ago that Turner’s time was drawing to a rapid close. Spanos, sources said, has more recently resigned himself to the fact that Smith can’t be kept in the current environment of plummeting performance and fan unrest.
And unlike last year, when Spanos found enough reason for clemency in a strong finish and past accomplishments, those with knowledge of plans that are already in motion said it seems certain there will be no last-minute change of heart this time.
Spanos is waiting until after the season, more because that is his preferred time to make such moves than due to any faith in the Chargers’ microscopic playoff chances.
It is not known who will take over for Turner, but current Director of Player Personnel Jimmy Raye is the apparent replacement for Smith. Raye, who has been with the Chargers for 17 seasons, will ascend to a job much like Smith’s but with his new right-hand man being the owner’s son, John Spanos.
OAKLAND -- The Raiders responded Wednesday to recent rumors linking them to Jon Gruden, and they pulled no punches.
In an e-mail to members of the media, Raiders director media relations Zak Gilbert wrote: "There are two people on this planet that have the ability to make talks happen between Jon Gruden and the Raiders, with regard to him allegedly taking over the football operations, and/or the position of head coach. Each of those individuals, owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie, wanted me to communicate that this rumor has no validity whatsoever. And for the record, I'm personally disgusted that Hub Arkush would spread such an untruth on the day our head coach, Dennis Allen, had to determine with his mom, his brother and sister, whether to take his dad off life support or wait and hope that he would regain consciousness. Dennis didn't have an opportunity to say goodbye to his dad, but he did have an opportunity to take a phone call regarding Hub's story."
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is looking toward the team’s future – one he hopes to still be a part of next season.
A day after the Panthers were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs after losing to the NFL’s worst team, Rivera said he wants to get a look at the team’s younger players over the final four games.
“It is about winning, don’t get me wrong, because I intend to win or try to win every one of these games we play. But at the same time, we’ve got to be able to do it with these young guys. If we don’t play these guys, we’ll go into next season with the same questions,” Rivera said Monday.
“People say, ‘Oh you’re just getting them ready for the next coach.’ Well, I think I’m getting them ready for me. I could be wrong, but I’m not going to worry about that. I’m worried about each game, the next four games, and going forward we’ll see what happens.”
When general manager Marty Hurney was fired in October, Rivera said owner Jerry Richardson told him he wanted to see the team “trend upward” the latter part of the season. The Panthers (3-9) have lost four of six games since Hurney’s firing, and are tied with the Eagles for the NFC’s worst record.
Sunday’s 27-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs – who entered the game with an NFL-worst 1-10 record – assured the Panthers of their third consecutive losing season and the 11th in their 18-year history.
Chan Gailey relieved of duties by Buffalo Bills By Gregg Rosenthal Around The League editor Published: Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:59 a.m. Updated: Dec. 31, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.
Chan Gailey could not survive another season without progress. The Buffalo Bills announced Monday that he's out as head coach after three seasons running the team.
"The Buffalo Bills today are announcing that Chan Gailey has been relieved of his duties as the team's head coach," the team said. Yep, that's the whole statement.
It remains to be seen if general manager Buddy Nix will keep his job. Gailey went 16-32 in three seasons as Bills coach, finishing 6-10 in each of the last two seasons. Gailey struggled to solve the team's defense, changing directions and coordinators every season. The front office spent a lot of money this season on free agents, including Mario Williams, and the Bills finished 26th in the league in points allowed.
Gailey's speciality was offense and he often did a nice job working with lesser talent than most teams. But his offense was easier to defend in 2012 than previous years and Gailey's attachment to Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't pan out. The Buffalo News has written many times that Fitzpatrick is not expected back next year.
The only constant under Bills owner Ralph Wilson over the last decade in Buffalo has been change. That will continue into 2013. We're just waiting to see if Nix will be the one making the changes after failing with his first coaching hire in Buffalo
Kansas City Chiefs fire head coach Romeo Crennel By Marc Sessler Around the League Writer Published: Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:51 a.m. Updated: Dec. 31, 2012 at 12:05 p.m.
Romeo Crennel is out as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The team announced Monday, via a statement, that Crennel has been fired after producing an NFL-worst 2-14 record in 2012. No final determination has been made at this point on the future of general manager Scott Pioli, according to the release.
NFL.com's Steve Wyche reported Sunday the Chiefs are expected to retain general manager Scott Pioli despite a disastrous season, according to a source briefed on the situation. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has strong feelings for Pioli and wants to give him another shot to get things right, the source said.
Crennel was 4-15 over two seasons as Kansas City's interim and full-time coach. The Chiefs -- a team with five Pro Bowlers -- ranked dead last in scoring in 2012 and went 1-7 against the AFC West during Crennel's brief run. He owns a 28-55 career record with just one winning season as coach of the Chiefs and Cleveland Browns.
Pioli, provided he remains in power, now begins the search for his third head coach since 2009 after firing Todd Haley just a season ago. NFL.com's Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport reported that Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, Pioli's longtime friend, looms as a candidate for the job
Lovie Smith fired by Chicago Bears By Gregg Rosenthal Around The League editor Published: Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:42 a.m. Updated: Dec. 31, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.
We have our first surprising name to be fired on Black Monday. Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith was fired Monday, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, citing a source who has been informed of the situation.
Smith met with upper management this morning and Bears assistants were very nervous, according to Rapoport.
Smith had a few things working against him, starting with the reality that he hasn't made the playoffs for five of the last six years. An even bigger factor: GM Phil Emery was just hired last year. New decision makers usually want to bring in their own head coaches.
NFL.com's Albert Breer reported last week that Emery and other GM candidates were told a year ago that they had to keep Smith for 2012, but Smith's future after that would be up to them. Now Emery exercised that right. The Bears failed to make the playoffs after a 7-1 start. While Smith's defense is still dangerous, he's consistently been unable to improve the offense through his staff hires.
Smith coached the Bears for nine seasons, making the playoffs three times, including one Super Bowl appearance. The defense was always good, but this was a team that more often hung around the middle of the NFL.
Philadelphia Eagles fire Andy Reid after 14 seasons By Gregg Rosenthal Around The League editor Published: Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:15 a.m. Updated: Dec. 31, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
The Philadelphia Eagles made it official on Monday morning. The Andy Reid era is over.
"Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come," owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a brief statement. "But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future."
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported on Sunday that Reid was informed last Friday that his time with the organization is up. In 14 seasons, Reid finished 130-93-1 during the regular season with nine playoff appearances, six division titles, and five NFC title games. But the Eagles only won the division once in the last six years and the last two seasons were easily the most disappointing of his tenure.
The wide expectation is that Reid will coach in 2013. He's made it clear publicly and through other channels that he doesn't want to take a break from coaching. The question is whether there will be a fit out there for him. A coach like Reid isn't going to want to work under a new general manager. He will want personnel control.
Lurie will meet with the press at noon ET to officially kickstart a new era of football in Philadelphia. The Eagles and the Cleveland Browns are first out of the gates in making a coaching change. Considering that their front offices share some of the same organizational DNA, we'd expect the Eagles and Browns to start competing for head coaching candidates shortly.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who has a game to coach on Thursday, is expected to be pursued by both teams.