Sunday, November 20, 2016

NFL Coaches On the Hot Seat

            The NFL Season is starting to wind down. Once the NFL regular season's over, there will be some coaches that will be receiving pink slips at the end. But whose seat is scorching? Here's a look at who could be cut at the end of the season?

John Fox, Chicago Bears: Obviously the hottest seat in the NFL belongs to Fox. Known for successful turnarounds with Carolina and Denver, Fox has struggled to rally the Bears and turn them into a contender. Chicago is 2-8 and will definitely miss the playoffs. Fox's record with the Bears in two years is a dismal 8-17.
Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars: This was supposed to be the year Jacksonville took the next big step to becoming Super Bowl contenders. However, they have been anything but, faltering to 2-8 after Week 11. Bradley's record with Jacksonville is 14-43, a record that leaves a lot to be desired.
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers: McCarthy has done the Packers no favors with his play-calling. Yes, Aaron Rodgers hasn't looked good this season. But a big part of the blame can be assessed to McCarthy's ineptitude.
Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts: Pagano has actually done pretty well with the Colts, garnering a 44-28 record in his five years with Indy and three playoff appearances. You also can't blame Pagano for the myriad of injuries to the defense. However, if problems with Andrew Luck persist, there will likely be major changes.
Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills: You have to give Ryan credit: he turned the Bills into one of the best run-stopping defenses in the NFL. Granted, Ryan still has some trouble working with quarterbacks (he is more of a defensive-minded coach, after all). However, the culture is Buffalo looks to be changing for the better.
Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions: Caldwell's job is safe as long as the Lions keep winning. Caldwell should really be thanking Matthew Stafford, who's bailed the Lions out with six comeback wins on the season. Caldwell does have a playoff appearance under his belt with the Lions. However, a total collapse of the season could result in Caldwell's seat getting extremely toasty.
Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns: Yes, Cleveland hasn't won a game this season and probably won't. However, you can't really pin this on the first-year coach as much as you can on an inept squad devoid of talent.
Jeff Fisher, Los Angeles Rams: Fisher just signed an extension with the Rams, so it's unlikely that Los Angeles will can him this year. However, if a few more '8-8' seasons happen under Fisher's watch and the quarterback situation doesn't get resolved soon, Fisher's seat will get warmer.

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