More than ten weeks into this intriguing NFL season, some teams have been extremely dominant while others continue to struggle with virtually no playoff hopes. At this point in the year head coaches should be prepping and fine-tuning their players for a run at the postseason, however, that is not the case for a few unfortunate individuals who are currently fighting to save their jobs. Whether the reason is a continued lack of success or failure to control and lead their teams, numerous NFL owners should be considering coaching changes.
The following head coaches have earned themselves a spot on the hot seat, in danger of getting fired, if they cannot prove their worth during the remaining weeks of this season.
Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) –
In 2011, one season before Greg Schiano took over as Head Coach for Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers finished with a record of 4-12. Schiano managed to improve their record in his first season with the team, recording seven wins and nine losses, but ended up finishing last in the NFC South. If he led the Bucs to a solid start this season than his job wouldn’t be in jeopardy. But only one win and eight losses in ten weeks is far from exceptional.
Buccaneers fans, along with local radio stations, have exhibited their disgust with Schiano for quite a few weeks now. Although the organization has stated that his job is safe, Greg Schiano must show some kind of progress to earn back the trust of the Tampa Bay faithful.
Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys (5-5) –
It is very true that Jason Garrett helped the struggling Dallas Cowboys win five of their last eight games when he took over as Head Coach in 2010 for Wade Phillips. However during the past three seasons, 2013 included, Garrett has achieved nothing but mediocrity with a combined record of 21 wins and 21 losses. Also, in his first two full seasons he has failed to lead his team to the playoffs with a bevy of talented players on the Cowboys roster.
At the start of this season Cowboys owner Jerry Jones passed on the offensive play-calling duties to Bill Callahan. This is the first year that Garrett hasn’t made play-calls for the Dallas offense since 2007, which makes it much easier to replace him when Jerry Jones decides to hire a new head coach. It is unlikely that Garrett will lose his job before seasons end, but if he fails to lead Dallas to the playoffs for the third-consecutive year you can expect a head coaching change in the offseason.
Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings (1-7) –
Leslie Frazier has produced one great regular season for Minnesota but is presently on pace to finish with a record similar to 2011 when the Vikings went 3-13. Frazier may have led his squad to the playoffs last season but lost in the Wild-Card Game to the Green Bay Packers. Which means that as an NFL head coach he has failed to win a single playoff game in his first three years with a combined record of 14-26. Even if the Vikings manage to win half of their remaining games this season Frazier would still be well below .500 for his career.
After two miserable seasons in three years it would be in the Vikings best interest to fire Leslie Frazier and find a new head coach. Out of all four coaches on this list, Frazier should feel the most pressure. With a few more losses it would be no surprise if he was replaced before season’s end.
Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins (4-5) –
Despite the fact of only being one game under .500, at 4-5, it is quite obvious that Joe Philbin is on the coaching hot seat in Miami. With all of this drama that has continued week after week due to the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin debacle, Philbin will either lose his job or solidify his value to the team. Also, the 52-year-old head coach has earned a combined record of 11-14, so far, over his first two seasons. Losing and controversy will not mix into a successful formula.
There are two major factors that will depict Philbin’s future with the Miami Dolphins. Firstly, the end result of the investigation into the Incognito-Martin matter and if there was any foul play or neglect by team personnel. Secondly, how the organization fares for the remainder of the year. If Philbin can lead the Dolphins to a postseason run with all of this locker room and media insanity than he should remain Miami’s head coach next season. However, if he is unable to turn this team around it will prove he cannot be a leader in complicating circumstances.