NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat (Who Goes, Who Stays)

 


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GONE

Mike Martz St. Louis: Martz is already speaking as though he's finished with the Rams. After it was announced Martz was done for the rest of the 2005 season due to his heart problems, he wasted no time in his criticism for the current hierarchy. His comments have angered team President John Shaw, and it's obvious that Martz doesn't really care who he pisses off.

Mike Tice Minnesota: Many wanted him gone each of the last two years, defeating the Packers in Green Bay may have saved him for a moment, but his ticket scalping scandal put him right back on the edge of the plank. Being the lowest paid coach in the NFL doesn't help with his “lack of authority", either. Getting run out of Minnesota may be the best thing that has ever happened to him.

Dom Capers Houston: While the talent simply isn't there to win, quarterback David Carr and the rest of the younger players have regressed and management for this “expansion" team knows after you while you get labeled a laughing stock if you continue to lose for just so long. The team is awful on both sides of the football, and after firing the offensive coordinator early in the season, the writing was on the wall for Capers.

LIKELY GONE

Mike Sherman Green Bay: This is the same organization (different GM I know) that ran Ray Rhodes was run out of Green Bay in 1999 after one 8-8 season. Many have said If he survives, it may be because of Brett Favre, but I doubt if the QB decides to retire because if Sherman isn't there. None of Favre's recent setbacks have pulled the uniform off him. The best coach on the staff is actually DC Jim Bates, though they'll probably go for a bigger name. In fairness, the team has been ravaged by injuries, but past failures bite Sherm you know where.

Jim Haslett New Orleans: This team has been fighting the odds all year and I give them credit for not going in the tank (yet), but Haslett should have been gone at least a year ago. That 4-0 finish at the end of 2004 saved him, even though the first 12 games were U-G-L-Y. Only way he survives is if Benson is too busy trying to move the team, that he doesn't want to waste time with a coaching change.

Norv Turner Oakland: Suffers from Dave Wannstedt syndrome, great coordinator, bad coach. Wasn't impressed with him in Washington, not impressed now in Oakland. Al Davis isn't a patient man either, even though he's off season moves are usually pitiful. He somehow thinks they make the Raiders Super Bowl contenders every year, too bad the fans can't fire him.

50-50 CHANCE

Brian Billick Baltimore: Very likely this team gets dismantled and they take a different approach that Billick either isn't, or doesn't want to be part of. He still has plenty of respect because he brought a Super Bowl to Baltimore, but this offense has NEVER been good, because of both the personnel and lack of developing players. Offensive genius in Minnesota?? “Throw the ball deep to Randy!!" doesn't make you a genius, sorry.

Herm Edwards NY Jets: Another coach, like Sherman, whose team has been ravaged by injuries, and one a bigger stage (NY). But he's made quite a few blunders in games, from running backs “throwing" interceptions to clock management errors. Much better at press conferences that coaching football games. I'll give him credit for being a good motivator, but so was Ditka and Glanville.

The Rest: Steve Mariucci: Not going anywhere this year, it's all Joey's fault remember. Won't have him to blame if things don't go well in 2006.

Jeff Fisher: Thought he was a horrible coach ten years ago when he was all about the D. Grab a 7-0 lead early, try to sit on the ball for 55 minutes. But he started to let the OC show some imagination, and feel he's top notch at managing a game now. It's his call if he wants to pursue other opportunities.

Dick Vermeil: Classiest coach in the NFL, probably any sport. Probably ready to retire, but would love to see him make a strong playoff run before he hangs it up.

John Onan is sports moderator/writer at the online players union http://www.onlineplayersunion.com/forum/index.php

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