The Dallas Cowboys fired head coach Wade Phillips after the embarrassing “effort” the team showed in the 45-7 thrashing the Green Bay Packers gave them Sunday Night. At the beginning of the season, the Cowboys were predicted as one of the Super Bowl favorites as they seem to be every season. However, this season was different because instead of disappointing their fans in the playoffs, they decided to just mail in the entire first half of the season going 1-7 under Wade Phillips. With Phillips being the first NFL head coach to be fired this season, the question of which coach is next automatically becomes the topic of the week. Here are five head coaches that are in trouble of joining Wade Phillips on the unemployment line before the end of the 2010 NFL season.
John Fox, Carolina Panthers – Fox has coached the Carolina Panthers for nine seasons. With the Panthers at a dismal record of 1-7, the firing of John Fox is a foregone conclusion. More than likely, the Panthers brass will let Fox finish up the season and then look to fill his spot with one of the big name coaching free agents in the off-season. There are no worries for Fox; he is very well thought of around the league and this is sure not to be his last head-coaching gig.
Brad Childress, Minnesota Vikings – Unless the Vikings get on a hot streak to make the playoffs, and then turn that into, at the very least, an NFC Championship appearance, Childress is done as the Vikings coach. The only real question is whether he will get fired before or after the season is over. If the Vikings didn’t rally at home against the Cardinals to pull off a great come-from-behind win, we would probably be talking about Childress already being fired.
Mike Singletary, San Francisco 49’ers – For some odd reason, I like Mike Singletary as a coach. I’m prone to think it’s because of how intense he is while on the sideline, and you never know what great sound bite you will get out of him. Like him or not, Singletary’s stay with the 49’ers is in huge trouble. There were big expectations for San Francisco this season and at 2-6, they are nowhere near living up to them. Singletary has two things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving; the rest of his division sucks and the Giants won the World Series. As bad as the 49’ers are, they are only two games behind the Rams and the Seahawks, which still leaves them in the mix. Will the happy pill the San Francisco fans got with their baseball team allow Singletary to keep his job even if the 49’ers stay a disappointment because the fans are too busy celebrating to chant for his firing?
Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals – How many seasons will we be talking about Marv Lewis being on the hot seat? I have a feeling that this will be the last one. Even if Lewis lasts the season, his tenure with the Bengals will end after the season. His time with the Bengals has been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. I will be wildly surprised if the Bengals gamble on Lewis being able to get them back on the top of the hill in the AFC Central.
Jim Schwartz, Detriot Lions – With the Cleveland Browns winning back-to-back huge wins and the recovery of the San Diego Chargers, both of their coaches are safe. The Lions firing Schwartz either during or after this season would be a huge mistake. The Lions are going in the right direction and are finally using their high draft picks wisely. However, before you instantly dismiss the idea of Schwartz becoming unemployed, do remember we are talking about the Lions here. Nothing they do makes sense, and moving in the right direction or not, the Lions record under Schwartz is still only 4-20.