“NFL-On the Hot Seat”
3-weeks left to go in the NFL season, and then the bloodshed starts.
In a results-oriented business, you don’t win, you don’t survive, and the day after the New Year’s celebration is over, the coaching firings will begin, and they could be widespread. It might be the bloodiest week in NFL history.
CLEVELAND..The entire season has been a referendum on the credibility of the Browns. The GM-Sashi Brown was taken out two weeks ago. Hue Jackson is (1-28) and will likely be fired next. But it is an indictment top to bottom of the entire organization. The new GM John Dorsey is already in place.
CINCINNATI…Owner Mike Brown has always been loyal, but in 15-years, Marvin Lewis has never won a playoff game,in fact, hardly ever makes the playoffs. How much longer does this got?
CHICAGO…John Fox is (14-33) and the rebuilding is underway with new QB-Mitch Trubisky, but they weren’t winning early, and still not winning late. A likely change.
NEW YORK…The Giants have already blown out Jerry Reese and then coach Ben McAdoo. Poor Eli Manning. Failed drafts, failed free agent signings, injuries. What a mess.
INDIANAPOLIS….Chuck Pagano survived cancer. Survived the loss of his GM. But likely won’t survive the yearlong loss of star QB-Andrew Luck. It’s more an organizational problem with the Colts, than just a head coach problem.
NEW YORK…A year ago people liked the job done by Todd Bowles, now his team has fallen apart. Quarterback issues, bad defense, lousy attitudes. Maybe a roster housecleaning helps Bowles. Maybe a new coach has s better chance.
ARIZONA..Bruce Ariens give you mixed messages. Injuries, the coaches illness, the loss of his quarterback, free agent defections, it’s all part of what might be a change coming.
HOUSTON…It would be crazy to remove Bill O’Brien. Injuries, injuries, more injuries, so I don’t know why Bill O’Brien has to be accountable for that. But he is working for a demanding owner..
DENVER…It’s not what the Broncos have been used to, all this losing, and bad quarterbacking, and now the debate, is it on John Elway’s fault, or on new coach Vance Joseph? It might be too early for ‘one and done’ but it might happen.
As much as NFL owners want to win, and cannot tolerate losing, and that fans bring some enormous heat, there’s something else that needs to be considered. Where are you going to find head coaches, if indeed 9-teams blow their leaders out.
3-weeks left in the season, 9-jobs in jeopardy. Used to be called Black Monday. Might really become Bloody Monday.
A way of life in the NFL.