Fiery Hot Seat:
Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins (24-38):
This one is obvious. He’s basically in a game of chicken with the ownership right now because he wants to be fired. He has his eyes set on the Texans coaching vacancy and wants to get a head start on the application process, but he can’t do that floundering in Washington. Benching RGIII was basically him begging to be fired, but it looks like he’ll have to wait till Black Monday to get his wish.
Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-19):
The team is a mess and it starts with Schiano. His strict discipline style and rough approach has brought no results and has cost him the support of both the fans and some of his team. The best case scenario this year is the team finishes 6-10, but they play the Rams and Saints, both of whom are very capable of beating the Buccs. If they finish 4-12, it will be hard to find a reason to keep Schiano around for a third season.
Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys (28-26):
Jerry Jones has already said Garrett is not in danger of losing his job, but I don’t buy it. He could just be expressing confidence in Garrett so he focuses on the team instead of worrying about his own future. When the season started, the NFC East was the Cowboys’ division to lose, and they’ve darn near lost it. They’ve blown games they should have won with costly mistakes and they have one of the worst defenses in the history of the NFL. If the Cowboys lose the division to the Eagles, there’s no reason they should keep Garrett. Tony Romo is a quarterback that needs coaching, and he just isn’t getting that right now.
Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders (8-22):
His record speaks for himself. While the team around him isn’t very good, he’s in danger of finishing 4-12 again like last season, which would show he’s done nothing to improve the team. They are desperate for a QB and a RB that can stay healthy, but the Raiders have fired better coaches than Allen after fewer games before. Unless the Raiders win the final two games of the season against San Diego and Denver, it is unlikely we’ll see Allen in Oakland next season.
Mike Munchak, Tennessee Titans (20-26):
The Titans’ defense is much better now than before, but that’s largely due to the additions of defensive coach Gregg Williams and veteran safety Bernard Pollard. Munchak has had to deal with a constantly hurt quarterback that is supposed to be the future of the franchise, but two consecutive seasons below .500 aren’t encouraging for the future. If the Titans win the final two games of the season, they may give Munchak another chance, but even one loss and they may look for his replacement.