Now that we are approximately at the midway point in the 2012 NFL season, there are several head coaches that are on the hot seat with his team’s respective management and owners. Some coaches have hotter seats than others. Listed below are some of the coaches that are in deep water up to this point in the season.
1 – NORV TURNER, San Diego Chargers
Turner may have already lost his job at this point in the season but the Chargers play in a fairly weak division and may still have a shot at the playoffs. Turner and his quarterback in Philip Rivers (who pleaded to keep Turner in San Diego) have had mediocre, sub-par, non-playoff outings the last two seasons, one of which was to the Tim Tebow led Denver Broncos. The Chargers started the season out hot with a 3-1 record but have lost three games in a row.
If the Chargers are unable to turn things around and make a deep run into the playoffs, you have to believe that the San Diego management is all but done with Turner and will need to probably think about overhauling the team and begin the rebuilding process.
2 – RON RIVERA, Carolina Panthers
They have already fired their general manager in Marty Hurney after Cam Newton’s public declarations. Rivera may not be far behind. The Panthers have managed to become worse than last season and certainly have failed to reach any sort of team expectations coming into this season. The Panthers currently sit at the bottom of the league at 1-6 and any playoff aspirations are long gone.
When your own players are publicly announcing team issues and coaching problems, means the coaching staff does not have control of its players. Rivera was also brought in to revamp the Panthers defense as a defensive minded coach, which has yet to see any fruition. Rivera needs to do something different, whether that is making a major trade before the deadline, completely re-tooling the offense or simply motivating and leading his players, he needs to do it quick.
3 – ANDY REID, Philadelphia Eagles
He is currently the longest tenured head coach in the league however he seems to be unraveling at the seams. We’ll give Andy the benefit of doubt having to deal with a plethora of past personal issues in recent years. With these personal issues aside however Reid has managed to make a suitable playoff team become a team at the bottom of the ranks.
Many personnel and player acquisition decisions have had Reid’s large input and Reid had decided to let go of Donavan McNabb, trade away Kevin Kolb, and have Michael Vick become a “pocket passer” in the last several years. Team management and ownership have stuck by Reid based on his merits but if the Eagles fail to make the playoffs, Andy Reid could be looking for a new team next year or he may decide to retire.
4 – JASON GARRETT, Dallas Cowboys
It is no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have communication issues on the field. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant have been seen on multiple occasions blaming each other for not knowing the correct play on the field. Time management and play calling have also been horrific as the Cowboys have managed to lose games to both the Ravens and most recently, the New York Giants due to these two areas of management.
Granted that having to deal with high profile and exotic personalities such as Tony and Dez Bryant for one of the iconic franchises in league history is no easy task but Garrett doesn’t even seem to be trying. Perhaps Garrett has too much of a laid back personality and the Cowboys are going to need to get a coach that can get the players on the same page as well as deliver what owner Jerry Jones expects out of his Cowboys team.
5 – REX RYAN, New York Jets
He has been entertaining, bold, and handful to contain as the Jets’ head coach over the last couple of years. Ryan is the king of “guarantees” and believes that his team will win the Super Bowl every year, which is admirable for a head coach to have such confidence but the truth of the matter is that Rex hasn’t been able to get the Jets to the Super Bowl and he currently has a circus to manage in New York by deciding to bring Tim Tebow to town.
The Jets are currently sitting on a record of 3-5, well below pre-season expectations and Rex’s own “Super Bowl” expectation. Rex had to know in the back of his mind that bringing Tebow on the roster, he would eventually have to circum to the pressures of fans and team management to play and/or start him at some point in the season especially with Mark Sanchez’s poor play. If Rex doesn’t have any more tricks up his sleeve and the Jets fall out of any sort of playoff contention, team management will definitely need to think about clearing the house.
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