Last year, seven head coaches were fired in the NFL. Tony Soprano and Jack Del Rio were ticking time bombs that were doomed to fail. But as coaches like Todd Haley and Raheem Morris found out, a disappointing season can easily get a head coach the boot in the NFL as well.
Every year coaches are put on the hot seat and this year is no exception. Here are five head coaches that need to watch their job in the 2012 season.
A youth movement in Minnesota doesnít help Frazierís chances, but his coaching record stands at 6-16. The Vikings already went through a nasty firing with Brad Childress in 2010, when the team got off to a 3-7 start. In Frazierís first year, the Vikings went 3-13. Itíll take a fast start and a much improved season for Frazier to keep his coach.
How Turner and GM AJ Smith werenít fired at the end of last season was mind boggling. Previous coach Marty Schottenheimer can get fired for a 14-2 season, but Turner still lives after failing to make the playoffs for two years in a row? For years, Turner has had the talent on his rosters. While the Chargers are weaker this year, heíll have to have his team produce if he wants to save his job.
The Eagles had high expectations this season and many experts are pegging them to win the NFC East. If they fail to meet expectations, the NFLís longest running head coach could meet his demise. Hereís to Vick staying healthy.
It might be too soon to discuss the firing of Rex Ryan. How could a coach that has made it to the playoffs in two of his three years be on the Hot Seat? If the Jets continue to be a circus this year, Ryan could be the fall guy. Ryanís high-profile personality worked great for the team at first. However, even Ryan admitted that he lost control of the locker room last year. This could be a situation of live by the sword/die by the sword.
Mike Smith might seem like another interesting choice for this list. Heís made the playoffs three out of his four years, after all. Still, heís yet to win a playoff game. Last yearís loss to the Giants was particularly embarrassing with how their offense failed to get going. Smith will need that offense to get going and finally win a playoff game.
Honorable mentions: Pat Shurmur, Jason Garrett, Lovie Smith, Ken Whisenhunt, and Mike Shanahan
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