You Can Bank On It: There Will Be At Least One More Fired Coach Before Season's End
But looking at this crazy year, I'd be SHOCKED if there wasn't at least one more guy fired before the seasons' end, and realistically there could be 2 or 3 guys who could be gone. Who's on notice? Who's sticking around? Let's look.
Herm Edwards: Chiefs (1-5)
The Chiefs are bad, and they have seemingly gotten worse every year with Herm. He took over a team coming off of a 10-6 year, and they went 9-7 in 2006. But last year was an abysmal 4-12, and this year certainly is headed in the wrong direction. Despite what many called a great draft this past year, the Chiefs don't seem to have improved at all, and Herm's playcalling causes many hairs to be pulled out of Chief fans heads.
Prediction: He won't make it to the end of the season, I see week 13 at Oakland being the demise.
Marvin Lewis: Bengals (0-7)
Initially, Lewis was a savior for Cincy. After many years of terrible football, he got them to .500 in his first two years, and then brought them a playoff berth in 2005. But the last two years were middle of the road despite having some talent, and this year, they have the worst record in football. Oh yeah, and half the team has been getting arrested off and on, and he hasn't had control of the team for a long time now.
Prediction: The Bengals have a bye in week 10, and I think Lewis says bye in week 10.
Rod Marinelli: Lions (0-6)
Often, the third year is make or break for coaches. Unfortunately for Marinelli, he hasn't exactly been given great things to work with. Matt Millen's idiocy left him with some mediocre players, which definitely accounts for 2006. Last year, the Lions actually were almost respectable with a 7-9 record. But this year has been another setback, and the Lions season once again is over before the middle of the year. I like Marinelli, and I think he has potential, but his biggest mistake was taking the Lions job. I don't think you can blame the coach for something like THIS.
Prediction: I think he'll make it through the year, but get fired once the season ends. A shame.
Tom Cable: Raiders (1-1 since taking over)
He's the Raiders coach, we all know that is NOT a safe position. He's won once, and I think he'll be content being a "Yes" man for Al Davis enough to get through the season. How he does will determine if he gets a new deal, but honestly, no one else may want to take that job.
Prediction: He gets through the year, but I just don't see him getting an extension.
Jim Haslett: Rams (2-0 since taking over)
I liked Haslett with the Saints, I think he did a better job there than a lot of people give him credit for. I wasn't expecting him to get an extension at the end of the year, but he has now rallied the Rams to beat the Redskins and the Cowboys.
Prediction: I think he keeps it up enough, and he gets a new deal at seasons' end.
Romeo Crennel: Browns (2-4)
He's in year 4, and the first two years stunk. But it appeared the patience paid off last year when the Browns went 10-6. But they've started very slowly after high expectations, and they have players like Kellen Winslow complaining. Plus, as unfair as it is, people remember quarterbacks with coaches. Derek Anderson has stunk so far, and what happens with him and Brady Quinn could be interesting. Granted, the season isn't over for the Browns. But if the season goes the wrong way...
Prediction: He lasts the season, but from there, it could go either way. I think less than 7 wins gets him booted.
Brad Childress: Vikings (3-4)
Plenty of season left for the Vikings, but things aren't as they expected. After an 8-8 season in year 2, many people had very high expectations for the Vikings. But bad playcalling and mediocre play has left the Vikings looking less than stellar. But there is still plenty of time.
Prediction: Despite many frustrated Viking fans, Childress lasts the season, and will be there next year.
Norv Turner: Chargers (3-4)
Lest we forget, Norv Turner is still an awful coach. He certainly didn't deserve that Chargers job over Marty Schottenheimer. But he is exactly what GM A. J. Smith wanted. A puppet. And even though Norv will ultimately prevent the Chargers from being legitimate, he's not going anywhere.
Prediction: He'll be back next year.
Wade Phillips: Cowboys (4-3)
The last two weeks have been absolutely brutal for the Cowboys. All of a sudden, a Super Bowl favorite looks mediocre, and Phillips has partly been the blame. Obviously, it's not all his fault. Injuries have played a role, and Jerry Jones bringing in idiots like the Pacman have been distractions. I don't think Wade is a bad coach, and I think Dallas can turn it around. But with Romo still hurt and the next two games looking tough, the Cowboys could be a bit in trouble. Not to mention, we all know that Jason Garrett is just being groomed to be the head coach.
Prediction: Barring deep playoff success, Phillips is done at the end of the season.
That's my best guess for what will happen. But obviously, the way this season has gone, NOTHING makes sense from week to week apart from Al Davis being crazy and the Lions losing. But hey, at least these guys didn't get fired four games into an 82 game season.