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Who's Next On the Head Coach Chopping Block?
Over the last week and a half, we've seen Jack Del Rio, Todd Haley, and Tony Sparano all lose their jobs. Del Rio's firing was long overdue and Sparano was brought in by Bill Parcells so his future has been in question since Parcells left, but Todd Haley being fired was a big surprise to me. He led the Chiefs to the playoffs last year when most of us had them finishing last in that division and winning four or five games at best. I think ownership had too high of expectations coming into the season, and all the injuries did not help. They lost their starting quarterback, starting running back, and one of their best defensive players early in the season. Haley didn't have a chance from the start. You can't win games with Tyler Palko throwing the ball to the other team and Battle running for 3.2 yards per carry on a good day. I really have to think that Thomas Jones is still a better option at tailback than this guy, but I'm not on the coaching staff, and either is Haley anymore. I didn't think Haley got a proper opportunity to do his job in Kansas City, but he will land on his feet. Someone will get a tremendous coordinator next season and he will eventually get another crack at a head coaching job in the NFL.
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So Who's Next?
There are quite a few head coaches on the hot seat. Steve Spagnola in St. Louis may be replaced next season. They have shelved Sam Bradford for the season with a high ankle sprain, but lets face it, he wasn't doing much anyway when he was playing. Everything about this team has been disappointing. They said they are sticking with Bradford next season, so they may be dealing some trades on draft day to get out of that second spot. Josh McDaniels is in the Chiefs conversations as their next head coach, which will put Bradford another year behind having to deal with a new offensive coordinator, which will make three in three seasons for the young QB.
The coach I expect to get fired soon is Raheem Morris in Tampa. It's not the seven straight losses, it's how they've lost the games. They haven't even been competitive in over a month. I think the last straw should've been being blown out by the Jaguars on national television. You can't give up 40 points to a team that usually scores 40 over three games. It will take a miracle at the end of this season for Morris to keep his job.
If the Cowboys fail to make the playoffs, look for Jerry Jones to look another direction. I also expect the Colts to search for a new head coach during the offseason. There's talk in New York that the Giants may let Coughlin go if they fail to reach the playoffs because of their second half slumps every season. Andy Reid and Mike Shanahan can't be comfortable in their chairs either. The entire NFC East may look totally different next season, so that's something to keep an eye on.
In San Diego, not only is Norv Turner in jeopardy of losing his job if they fail to make the post season, but so is A.J Smith, the general manager. So who is out their to replace these guys? Bill Cowher says he has no intentions of coming back to coaching, so if that's true, Jeff Fisher has to be the top candidate on everyone's list. I think the best fit for him would be Indianapolis with Peyton Manning, who have a great relationship, or the Dallas Cowboys where Jerry Jones thinks very highly of Fisher. The Chargers will have to get rid of Smith if they want a big name head coach to consider coming there, because nobody seems willing to work with him. Brian Billick says he's keeping his phone turned on, and I could see him building a new defense in Tampa next year. Young Schottenhiemer in New York may get a few interviews, but I don't think he's ready to lead a football team yet.
The sidelines will look a lot different next season. The next few weekends will determine the fate of a lot of guys listed above. There's only one way to save your job, win games.