By Eric Schmidt

The NFL regular season is one quarter finished and after just four games, five coaches should find themselves thinking about being on the hot seat. There have been some very disappointing efforts early on this season and several NFL coaches will find themselves out of work at the conclusion of this regular season. Which coaches are on the hottest hot seats currently?

Rex Ryan, New York Jets- Ryan vowed that this was the best Jets team he’s ever coached before the start of the regular season. The Jets offense is floundering as the Tim Tebow chants are starting. If the Jets finish .500 or below this season, look for the Jets front office to shake things up this offseason.

Pat Shurmur, Cleveland Browns- The is new ownership in town and the front office is likely to be shuffled in the offseason unless the team makes a dramatic turnaround this year. It’s feasible to think that this Cleveland team could only win three games this year. Look for Mike Holmgren to depart along with Shurmur.

Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys- What a debacle on Monday night. The Cowboys have a lot of talent but never seem to get everything together on the same page at the same time. If Dallas misses the playoffs again this year, Jerry Jones will make some changes. Could he throw $8-9 million a year at Jon Gruden in order to lure him out of the broadcast booth?

Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions- Originally, I enjoyed the ferocity that Schwartz brought to the Lions. He instilled a new philosophy and turned the mindset of being perennial losers around. However, a disturbing trend is starting to emerge. The personal foul penalties, the offseason arrest issues and now a defense that can’t stop the opponent. Two weeks ago, the Lions became the first team in NFL history to allow five touchdowns of 65 yards or more in a single game. There has been a complete breakdown of the special teams as well in recent weeks. The Lions find themselves two games behind the Minnesota Vikings.

Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chiefs- Okay, Crennel might get a pass this season in his first full year, but this Chiefs team is seriously underachieving this season. The talk of replacing Matt Cassel with Brady Quinn has already started. Crennel might be in his first season as the head coach of the Chiefs, but a 6-10 season will fan the flames of the fire warming his hot seat.

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