NFL

Head Coaches Hot Seat

Dennis Allen
Team: Oakland Raiders (2012-Present)
Record: 4-11 (Fourth in AFC West)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching
Notes: Allen seemed safe in Oakland but the team’s late season slide may have owner Mark Davis pushing GM Reggie McKenzie to make a change. If Mark is anything like his late father Al Davis, Allen doesn’t stand a chance. But Mark has at least appeared to be more patient than his dad was, something that bodes well for Allen.

Tom Coughlin
Team: New York Giants (2004-Present)
Record: 6-9 (Third in NFC East)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching
Notes: The Giants will miss the playoffs for the second straight season this year.  Working in Coughlin's favour is the fact that this is the first season the Giants will finish with a losing record since 2004, his first year as head coach. Coughlin's position will not be considered safe heading in to the 2014 season.

Leslie Frazier
Team: Minnesota Vikings (2010-Present)
Record: 4-10-1 (Fourth in NFC North)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching
Notes: The Vikings were expected to be competitive this season following a Wild Card berth in 2012. However, despite adding three first-round draft picks to their roster the Vikings quickly fell to the bottom of the NFC North this season. The quarterback carousel of Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman doesn't help Frazier's chances, either.

Jason Garrett
Team: Dallas Cowboys (2010-Present)
Record: 8-7 (Second in NFC East)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching
Notes: Garrett's job status could come down to the Cowboys' Week 17 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title, and with no Tony Romo, it doesn't look promising. Jerry Jones has publicly supported Garrett this year but you can never truly know what the Cowboys' enigmatic owner is thinking.

Mike Munchak
Team: Tennessee Titans (2011-Present)
Record: 6-9 (Second in AFC South)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching
Notes: In Munchak’s three years with the Titans, he’s never really appeared fully secure as head coach in Tennessee. This year’s poor record could be what ultimately brings him down. The Titans were more competitive with a healthy Jake Locker, but that’s proving to be rare occurrence – and not enough of an excuse for Munchak to keep his job.

Rex Ryan
Team: New York Jets (2009-Present)
Record: 7-8 (Third in AFC East)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching
Notes: Ryan appeared more likely to return than not in New York before a Week 16 report stated the five-year head coach told his players he was likely to be fired at season's end. Ryan has seemingly done enough to keep his job for next year but GM John Idzik may want his own coach.

Jim Schwartz
Team: Detroit Lions (2009-Present)
Record: 7-8 (Third in NFC North)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching
Notes: After the Lions' disappointing Week 16 loss, eliminating them from playoff contention, it's hard to see Schwartz surviving the off-season. The five-year head coach led the Lions out of their dark age (or at least their most recent dark age) but has failed to take them to that next level on a consistent basis.

Greg Schiano
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-Present)
Record: 4-11 (Fourth in NFC South)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching
Notes: The Tampa Buccaneers started the season 0-8 and a team marred in controversy. A falling out between Schiano and starting quarterback Josh Freeman led to Freeman's release. Despite four wins in six games after their start, Schiano remains on the hot seat. Player complaints over Schiano's strict style and a worse record than 2012 hurt Schiano's future chances.

Mike Shanahan
Team: Washington Redskins (2010-Present)
Record: 3-12 (Fourth in NFC East)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching
Notes: The biggest surprise may be that Shanahan isn’t alongside Gary Kubiak as coaches already fired this season, but you have to think he’ll be joining him shortly after the regular season. The Shanahan saga in Washington this year has been well documented; it’s highly unlikely he’ll be back coaching Daniel Snyder’s team next year.

Mike Smith
Team: Atlanta Falcons (2008-Present)
Record: 4-11 (Third in NFC South)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching
Notes: After falling the NFC Championship the previous season, the Falcons were a Super Bowl contender to start this season. Those hopes died quickly after offensive injuries and a struggling defence led to a 1-4 record to start the season. For the first time since 2009 the Falcons missed the playoffs however reports suggest Smith is safe for at least another year.

Mike Tomlin
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers (2007-Present)
Record: 7-8 (Third in AFC North)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching
Notes: For the second straight year the Steelers will post a record of .500 or worse and -barring a miracle - miss the playoffs. Tomlin led the Steelers to the postseason in four of his first five years and has never posted a losing record. That, along with the fact that Pittsburgh almost never fires a head coach should keep Tomlin safe to next year.

Gary Kubiak
Team: Houston Texans (2006-2013)
Record: 2-11 (Fourth in AFC South)
Hot Seat Index: Lukewarm Hot Burning Scorching Fired
Notes: Gary Kubiak was fired by the Texans after a 2-11 start to the season and two losses in three weeks to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans entered the season as Super Bowl hopefuls after two straight appearances in the AFC's Divisional round. Wade Phillips replaced Kubiak as interim head coach and remains on the hot seat.



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