Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/1/12

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley watches on against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Firing a head coach is usually a rarity in the NFL, however, this season has seen the firing of two head coaches, Todd Haley and Jack Del Rio. While these were the only two firings during the regular season there were other coaching mishaps this season. This article examines four of the biggest coaching duds of the 2011 season.

4. Todd Haley
Todd Haley coached the Kansas City Chiefs for two complete seasons in 2009 and 2010 and for 13 games this season before losing his job. His record with Kansas City was 19-26, and 0-1 in the playoffs. The team went 10-6 last season and won the AFC west, but losing in the first round of the playoffs, and mounting losses this season led to Haley’s firing.

Kansas City started the season on a three game losing streak before winning four, but proceeded to lose four in a row. Adding to Haley’s and Kansas City’s problems this season was an injury to starting quarterback Matt Cassel, with Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton  finishing the regular season as starting quarterback.
Haley is only 44 years old and should be have many future coach opportunities in the future. Romeo Crennel is the interim head coach, and most likely be the coach next season if he wants to be after coaching Kansas City to a win over the Green Bay Packers, Green Bay’s only loss on the season.

3. Jack Del Rio    
The other coach fired this year before the season ended was Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Del Rio coached eight complete seasons with Jacksonville, and 11 in this season before losing his job. Jacksonville posted a 68-71 regular season record, with only three seasons of winning more than eight games, and two seasons of 8-8 records. Additionally, the team went 1-2 in the playoffs during Del Rio’s tenure.

One problem Del Rio had to deal with this season was the team releasing starting quarterback David Garrard, and having to choose between Luke McCown and rookie Blaine Gabbert for starting quarterback. The combination of adjusting to a new quarterback, having a 2-6 record to start the season, and Del Rio’s overall record with the team, are likely three factors that led to Del Rio’s firing.

2. Andy Reid
The question for Andy Reid is, will this season be the season that that breaks the camel back? Reid has dealt with many issues as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles including a feud with quarterback Donavan McNabb, a feud between McNabb and Terrell Owens, and losing the Super Bowl he has coached in with Philadelphia.

This season has been one of disappointment for Reid and Philadelphia. After trading for and signing high profile players this offseason and putting together a “dream team” the team’s record through 12 games, was 4-8, and the team had to deal with injury to starting quarterback Michael Vick. The team has also had to deal with Vick’s thirteen interceptions this season, and issues with star wide receiver DeSean Jackson.  

Despite having a 126-81 record during the regular season, he has only a 10-9 record in the playoffs, losing five NFC conference championship game from 2001-2003 and again in 2006 and 2008, lost two wild card games in 2009 and 2010, and lost in the Super Bowl in 2004.
Reid has been the head coach of this team since 1999, leaving a legacy both with the Philadelphia Eagles, and in the NFL, but maybe it is time for a change in Philadelphia.

1. Raheem Morris
The biggest coaching failure this season is Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After going 10-6 last season and almost making the playoffs, Tampa Bay went 4-12. The record is not bad in itself, but the team started out 3-1 before finishing the season 1-11 finishing the season on a 10 game losing streak.

In addition to the team’s failures on the field, Morris was making a less than favorable name for himself off the field. First, Morris cost himself and his team money, when he contacted players during the NFL lockout. Second,
Morris made a statement during a post game conference that his team was not hearing his message. Third, when the team and the defense especially where performing poorly, Morris insisted on remaining both the head coach and defensive coordinator. Lastly, there are reports going around that Tampa Bay planned to fire Morris before the end of the season, but that there was not enough coaches to cover losing Morris.

Morris is 17-31 as head coach of Tampa Bay, and some may be questioning the firing of Jon Gruden, or the hiring of Morris.  

These are four of the biggest coaching duds in the NFL this season. Do not be surprised if Reid and Morris lose their jobs in the offseason along with other coaches who may have found themselves on the hot seat this season. 
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