Coaches on Hot Seat: September
I see that look and I know what you're thinking. It's ridiculously early to tackle the topic of NFL coaches on the hot seat. We're only staring down Week 3 for crying out loud. Could we at least manage to put September behind us before we start speculating how many casualties there will be this season among the ranks of the headset crowd?
Short answer? Uh, no. Not when you've got Oakland's
After having seven new head coaches hired in 2007, and just four in 2008 (with two teams, Miami and Atlanta, hiring both years), I get the feeling that in 2009 we're in for more of a 2006-type overhaul of the sideline set. That year, a whopping 10 different NFL clubs tapped new coaches, nearly one third of the league. And don't forget, it's already a given that
That said, I'm going to make my Coaches on the Hot Seat report a once-a-month, in-season staple here at SI.com, identifying the likely suspects as the season unfolds, with coaches either performing their way on or off of our endangered list. In subsequent installments, we'll even try to identify the pool of most likely candidates who will interview and wind up getting all these forthcoming NFL coaching vacancies.
For this first crack at it, we're starting with 10 names that bear watching, even though some of them have teams off to 2-0 starts. What? You think anything
As the years -- and the head coaches -- go by in Oakland, Davis drifts more into the realm of bizarro world, like the NFL's version of
Kiffin's at 5-13 in Oakland, so if he can just hang in there for two more games, maybe he'll wind up eventually coaching an AFC West Division rival to a pair of Super Bowl rings and long-term success. Raiders receivers coach
The 0-2 Rams are just horrible. They rank last in the NFL in total offense and total defense, and have been manhandled to the tune of 79-16 in their first two games. Their fan base is dwindling, empty seats are a regularity at Edward Jones Dome, and even a move back to the Los Angeles market doesn't seem out of the question. If that doesn't spell coaching change in the NFL, nothing will.
With Rosenbloom's ominous comments on Monday, it seems possible that the Rams could make an in-season coaching change for the first time since ex-Rams Hall of Fame quarterback
I think Lewis became a dead man walking of sorts the day this preseason when Bengals owner
This week, Lewis went on an extended riff about lug nuts in a news conference setting (I can't type that sentence without laughing), saying that his players have to be consistent every play, like the grease monkey mechanic who changes tires all day long.
"When they go take their car in, they hope the guy inside did it right, and hope that he doesn't decide that you only need three of the four lug nuts,'' Lewis said. "That's the way we'll go about it, and that's the way it has to be.''
Lug nuts. Feel free to supply your own punch line.
Let's face it, the M&M Boys era in Detroit just isn't working. It didn't work when team president/CEO
The 49ers should know their fate, and Nolan's, by the time they reach their Week 9 bye. That's because after this week's home game against winless Detroit, their schedule turns challenging. San Francisco is at New Orleans, home against New England and Philadelphia, at the Giants, and home against Seattle in Weeks 4-8. That spells a 3-5 first half to me, but we'll see how things shake out in the City by the Bay. One thing Nolan has going for him is the weakness of the NFC West this year, which is softer than ever.
If it weren't for the Raiders' total ineptitude right next door, the 49ers' fall from grace would really stand out. Once upon a time, San Francisco's fortunes rose or fell on the passing arms of
They might have had a great 2008 draft, but I look for the Chiefs to battle it out all season with the Rams (nice football state, Missouri) and maybe the Bengals for the distinction of being the NFL's worst team. They've got no quarterbacking, a disgruntled and unreliable lead running back in
Edwards' fate is pretty clearly tied to the question of whether team owner
After watching Phillips play the role of his team's kindly court jester on HBO's
I don't even think he's getting the audio piped into that headset they let him wear on the sideline. Maybe they gave it to him to put on so he wouldn't feel bad about Garrett making all the real in-game decisions. At best, he's getting Sirius Radio pumped in, so he can follow the game via the Cowboys network. Sure, Dallas is 2-0 and tied for first in the rugged NFC East. But nothing but January matters for the Cowboys this season, and everything until then is just prologue.
"You don't crown a guy king and then the king doesn't have any clothes on and you say, 'Hey, he's still the king,' '' Childress said, regarding Jackson's newly diminished job security.
Oh really now? That's a twist for Childress, who has been either fiercely committed or stubborn to a fault in regards to Jackson's development as the Vikings starter. But at 0-2, coming off an inexcusable loss to the crippled Colts in their home opener, with team owner
Could the change at quarterback be directly linked to Wilf's public vote of confidence in his head coach on Tuesday? What do you think? Childress may be stubborn, but he's not dumb. He knows it's time to save his own job, or someone else might get the pleasure or problem of developing Jackson in 2009.
But Fox has two years remaining on his contract after this one, paying him about $5 million annually, and with a return to the playoffs this season he should be in good position to entertain hopes for an extension at some point in 2009.
The dichotomy even applies early this season, because after a hopeful start with a Week 1 road win at Miami, the Jets missed an opportunity to deal a blow to their arch-rival Patriots -- playing sans