NFL Firing Range

It seems like each year about 6-8 NFL Head Coaches get axed in the NFL. Some of them get fired for losing records, others for not winning “big games”. Some teams just “need to go in a new direction”. Let’s take a look at all 32 NFL Head Coaches and their chances of getting canned in 2008.

Chuck Knoll Division

Due to their continued greatness and/or imminent departure, these guys aren’t going anywhere.

Bill Belichick – New England Patriots – 1000 to 1
I can’t think of a way that he gets fired and I won’t even joke about it.

Tony Dungy – Indianapolis Colts – 1000 to 1
This will be his last year, and they aren’t going to fire him.

Tom Coughlin – New York Giants – 1000 to 1
From the chopping block to the penthouse, Coughlin bought himself a few years of comfort.

Mike Holmgren – Seattle Seahawks – 1000 to 1
Similar to Dungy, Holmgren is done after this year and won’t be fired short of an enormous scandal.

Marty Schottenheimer Division
These coaches have a fatal flaw, mainly no recent rings, and owners might get fed up. Their impressive regular-season records keep them working though.

Jeff Fisher – Tennessee Titans – 500 to 1
The longest tenured coach, Fisher eventually needs to get over the loss of Pacman and win it all.

Mike Shanahan – Denver Broncos – 500 to 1
Unless Al Davis buys the Broncos Shananhan won’t be getting fired.

Jon Gruden – Tampa Bay Bucs – 500 to 1
With a ring and 12 quarterbacks, Gruden seems safe.

Jack Del Rio – Jacksonville Jaguars – 400 to 1
With a great record and non-ambitious ownership, Del Rio will be sporting suits for the forseeable future.

Wade Phillips – Dallas Cowboys – 400 to 1
Jerry’s boy, Phillips just needs to make the playoffs with the best team in the NFC to keep his job.

Sean Payton – New Orleans Saints – 400 to 1
The man who brought back the Saints from oblivion is pretty safe.

Mike McCarthy – Green Bay Packers – 400 to 1
Unless Aaron Rodgers severly underperforms, McCarthy will be coaching for a while.

Lane Kiffin Division
For odd reasons, Lane isn’t in this division. These guys are so new that the owners can’t bail on them, probably. Although you’d have a tought time convincing Cam Cameron of that.

Mike Tomlin – Pittsburgh Steelers – 1000 to 1
The Steelers don’t fire coaches. Period.

Jim Zorn – Washington Redskins – 300 to 1
Owner Dan Snyder is quite fickle, but even he won’t fire a guy in his first year.

Mike Smith – Atlanta Falcons – 300 to 1
Could he do worse than Petrino? I don’t think it is possible…

John Harbaugh – Baltimore Ravens – 300 to 1
Harbaugh has the arduous task of winning with a team whose window is closing.

Gary Kubiak – Houston Texans – 250 to 1
Kubiak has the Texans pointing in the right direction. Finally.

Ken Whisenhunt – Arizona Cardinals – 150 to 1
Is he who we think he is? He needs to calm Leinart down for sure.

Rod Marinelli – Detriot Lions – 120 to 1
After a great start, Marinelli needs to continue to deliver on that early promise rather than blow up like 2007.

Tony Sparano – Miami Dolphins – 120 to 1
Parcells isn’t patient, but would he really toast his own guy?

Norv Turner Division
These guys have jobs, but they have a strike or two against them. A few losses in a row and they could be gone.

Andy Reid – Philadelphia Eagles – 100 to 1
Eventually Reid is going to have to win the SB with all that talent.

Romeo Crennel – Cleveland Browns – 100 to 1
One good year helped, but he isn’t out of the woods yet.

Lovie Smith – Chicago Bears – 80 to 1
The SB appearance bought him some time, but another year like last year might be it.

John Fox – Carolina Panthers – 60 to 1
Nobody has a team that has underperformed as much as the Panthers these last few years.

Norv Turner – San Diego Chargers – 60 to 1
Norv was brought in to win Playoff Games, not playoff game.

Dick Jauron – Buffalo Bills – 50 to 1
Jauron is an OK coach with OK talent. That doesn’t cut it in the NFL.

Brad Childress – Minnesota Vikings – 50 to 1
Vikings brass won’t be patient with AP’s time in Minnesota. If they don’t think Childress can bring it home, they will move on.

Art Shell Division
Practice up on interviews and those résumés ready gentlemen, you’re going to need the help next year.

Scott Linehan – St. Louis Rams – 20 to 1
Injuries aren’t his fault, but at times he just seems lost.

Eric Mangini – New York Jets – 18 to 1
Fredo here, after a promising first year, just can’t win football games.

Mike Nolan – San Francisco 49ers – 16 to 1
Everybody’s sleeper pick last year, the ‘niners are still really bad.

Herm Edwards – Kansas City Chiefs – 10 to 1
You play to win the game! Do it then Herm!

Lane Kiffin – Oakland Raiders – 8 to 1
Kiffin is the only coach here that could be fired even if he wins the Super Bowl, due to Al Davis being an absolute freakazoid.

Marvin Lewis – Cincinatti Bengals – 5 to 1
Loads of talent. Loads of problems. Not enough wins. ¡Ocho Cinco dice adios!


One Response to “NFL Firing Range”

  1. Eddie says:

    A lot of people are saying Wade Phillips is on the hot seat, but there’s not any real reason for him to be, even with Jason Garrett there. Now, if the Cowboys tank it this year (which I hope they don’t, knock on wood), then there’ll be a reason.

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