On Nov. 2, 2010, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune released a coaches poll related to Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress. As of 10 a.m. Nov. 3, over 37,000 responses had been received with staggering results. Over 90 percent of the voters believe that Childress should be fired. Of those, a whopping 78 percent believe that the Vikings should not wait till the end of the 2010 season and fire Childress immediately. Another 12 percent believe that he should be fired at the end of the season. T feel that Childress deserves one more year and 7% believe that he’s not the problem at all.
The polls come on the heels of the release of All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss after trading a third-round pick to get him only a month earlier. This was not the first time the head coach has been criticized by fans. Childress received a lot of criticism for his handling of the Brett Favre retirement this season. These incidents, coupled with the fact that this has been one of the most unsuccessful Vikings campaigns in recent memory have made the head coach a constant target by media and fans. Childress is hardly the only head coach in recent NFL history who is receiving a firestorm of criticism for his coaching decisions.
The troubled coaching carousel has even impacted historically successful franchises as well. Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips has also been widely discussed as another coach who may not survive the 2010 NFL season. The Dallas Cowboys came into the season as one of the favorites to win the NFC and go on to the Super Bowl, however the Cowboys have been an utter disappointment to their fans. The Cowboys entered week 9 of the season with a record of 1 win and 6 losses. The Cowboys have arguably one of the most talented rosters in the league and also one of the most undisciplined as well. The Cowboys have had critical penalties for excessive celebration two weeks in a row that may have cost them close victories in each contest.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary’s name has also made the rounds of coaches who may be on the hot seat. Singletary’s 49ers were expected to be a force in the very weak NFC West. The 49ers entered the season with arguably one of the best defensive rosters on paper. With Frank Gore anchoring the running game with two new first-round picks from the 2010 draft, the 49ers should be a force to be reckoned with. The 49ers, however, have gone in the opposite direction. Quarterback problems as well as questionable play calling have left the team with a record of 2 wins and 6 losses, including no wins on the road.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has been the subject of termination rumors before, but this time he may not have the ammunition to fight his way out of it. The Bengals were also a team expected to make a Super Bowl bid this year, but have been a major disappointment to fans. The Bengals brought in controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens to pair with already highly vocal wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, but the move has delivered in the win column. Carson Palmer has looked like a mediocre quarterback and the predictable Owens is again making more headlines with his comments than his play, which may ultimately lead to the demise of Lewis.
With a list of successful coaching candidates that includes names like Bill Cowher, Marty Schottenheimer, Jon Gruden, Dennis Green and Herm Edwards, the outlook for coach Childress and each of these other coaches is very bleak. Historically, the owners in the NFL don’t like to make coaching changes mid-season unless the locker room has become chaotic, and that may well be the case in places like Minnesota and Dallas. While these coaches may survive the season, they will not survive the offseason, and if you are fans of the coaches with these teams, you may want to take your last looks at them while you can because there will be no tomorrow.