Which NFL coach will be the next one to be fired?

December 09, 2010

4 on the hot seat

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

It's unlikely will see the blade fall on another coach's head before the end of the season, but there are likely to be some more heads rolling in January.

Those who appear the most vulnerable are the Panthers' John Fox, the Bengals' Marvin Lewis, the 49ers' Mike Singletary and the Browns' Eric Mangini.

Fox and Lewis were not given contract extensions even though they went into the season in the last year of their deals. Being lame ducks did not help their causes.

There were expectations for a turnaround in San Francisco that have not come to fruition. And in Cleveland, many suspect team President Mike Holmgren either has designs on returning to the sideline or bringing in one of his guys, like Jon Gruden.

dpompei@tribune.com

Fox next to fall

Ken Murray

Baltimore Sun

It is a rare year when three coaches are fired in-season, if not unprecedented. This situation might be unique to an unresolved collective bargaining situation and impending lockout. That said, coaches already are lined up waiting for the ax to fall.

The next man to take the fall easily could be John Fox in Carolina. The Panthers are atrocious and forced Fox into a lame-duck season without reinforcements. He had no chance to win from the outset. Team management, if not Fox, deserves what it is getting.

The 49ers' Mike Singletary and the Texans' Gary Kubiak also are on the hot seat. Houston has missed a golden opportunity to take over the AFC South with the Colts' crash and instead has spiraled toward another losing season.

kmurray@tribune.com

Fox, Singletary top list

Steve Svekis

Sun Sentinel

The remaining

coaches should be safe through New Year's Day. Then John Fox in Carolina and Mike Singletary with the 49ers would be the prime candidates to be gone within 24 hours of their teams' final games. Plus the Broncos will be clearing the decks for a run at someone.

There could be a housecleaning in Miami, too, although that could be determined by the team's finish. Owner Steve Ross has denied that buddy Carl Peterson is set to take over for general manager Jeff Ireland and replace coach Tony Sparano.

Another one who might be on shaky ground is Gary Kubiak in Houston. What an awful season the talented Texans have had.

ssvekis@tribune.com

Kubiak vulnerable

Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

I don't think anyone will be fired in the last four weeks of the season, but the Texans' Gary Kubiak will have to do some fast talking to keep his job when the year is done.

Fans in Houston are fed up with the lack of progress with their team, and owner Bob McNair will be under serious pressure to make a change. The Texans seemed to be turning the corner, with Kubiak getting an extension after last season, the first winning year in franchise history. Their strong start this season — consecutive wins over the Colts and Redskins — soon fizzled, and the team would have to win out to match last season's 9-7 record.

The big problem has been defense — particularly against the pass. Opponents are feasting on young, untested corners, and, in essence, holding open the door for Kubiak to be shoved out.

sfarmer@tribune.com

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