The 2011 NFL season hasn’t ended yet, but there are clearly five NFL head coaches which are squarely on the hot seat for 2012, before the season even starts. Several of the coaches on this list were rumored to be on their way out this season, but for whatever reason, have been granted a reprieve for the 2012 season with the expectations of win now, or else.
San Diego Chargers, Norv Turner– The San Diego Chargers fan base is livid this morning as it was announced yesterday by the team’s owner that head coach Norv Turner along with general manager A.J. Smith would return for one more year. Turner has two years remaining on his contract, Smith has three. Turner will be a lame duck head coach after the 2012 season and nothing short of a deep push into the playoffs will save his job after 2012 despite how the players feel about him.
Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid– Throwing a verbal shot across Andy Reid’s bow yesterday, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie dressed down Andy Reid. Lurie called the team’s 4-game win streak at the end of the season, “fools gold”. Lurie called 2011 the most disappointing season in his ownership career. Reid gets another chance in 2012, there can be no excuses after 2012 for Reid.
New York Jets, Rex Ryan– Yes, Ryan has guided the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship games but he missed the playoffs this season, undergoing two three-game losing streaks in 2011. QB Mark Sanchez regressed this season and the Jets finished the season in an ugly fashion. Ryan predicts his team will reach the Super Bowl every year, at some point the Jets ownership is going to want a little less talk and a lot more action.
Washington Redskins, Mike Shanahan– Shanahan has mustered just 11 wins in two seasons with the Redskins. After starting the season 3-1, the Redskins managed just two wins in their final 12 games. There was no stability at the quarterback or running back position for most of the season. The offense lacked legitimate playmakers. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has shown unusual restraint with Shanahan and 2012 will likely be his last chance to get things turned around with the Redskins.
Buffalo Bills, Chan Gailey– Gailey is heading into his third season with the Bills, winning just 10 games in the last two seasons. Gailey led the Bills to a 5-2 start of the 2011 regular season, but injuries took their tool down the stretch and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick cooled off in the second half of the season. Another season with double digit losses will likely show Gailey the door in Buffalo.