Tom Caughlin, New York Giants (88-70):
Every time there’s talk of Caughlin getting the ax, he leads his team to a Super Bowl trophy. That’s not the case this year and the Giants have a dismal point differential of -106. His last 10-win season was 2010, and he’s only had four in his 10 year career with New York. Their struggles this year are largely due to personnel issues, but the players may benefit with a change of staff. No matter how good a coach he is, his message appears to have gone stale a la Andy Reid.
Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals (88-85-1):
Lewis has been tenured for 11 years, but depending on how this season ends, it may be his last. The division was the Bengals’ to lose early in the season and they are on the verge of doing just that. They are only a game ahead of Baltimore for the division lead and with two games to play, the final one being against Baltimore, they are anything but secure. In his 11 seasons, he has only had four playoff games and no wins in the post-season. If that doesn’t change this season, especially with how the year started for the team, he could be on the way out.
Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings (20-31-1):
His best season was last year, when Adrian Peterson tore up the entire league, but this season his team has regressed to mediocrity. His inconsistent quarterback starts and lack of real results aren’t much of an upgrade over Brad Childress, the previous coach of the Vikings. While the biggest issue is personnel, he hasn’t exactly made the best of the situation and could be getting a pink slip as a result.
Rex Ryan, New York Jets (40-38):
The players seem to love him and they claim they are playing for his job. If that’s the case, they need to play a little harder. Ryan’s stint in New York could come down to the final two games of the season, against the Browns and Dolphins. If they lose both games, particularly the home game against the Browns, the Jets would end the season 6-10 and there wouldn’t be much reason to keep Ryan. He’s a brilliant defensive mind, but as a head coach he hasn’t been able to produce consistent results and Gang Green hasn’t had any success since losing in consecutive AFC Championships in ’09-’10.
Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions (29-49):
No Aaron Rodgers, no Jay Cutler, and a miserable Vikings team. This was the season for the Lions to win the NFC North for the first time ever and their division (previously NFC Central) for the first time since 1993. They’ve been plagued by turnovers and Jim Schwartz hasn’t exactly had tremendous success in Detroit aside from the Stafford-Megatron connection. If they fail to make the playoffs, they will likely look for a coaching change.