The 2008 NFL season has been filled with surprises. At least 10 teams will finish under .500. Among these teams are the Jaguars, Packers, and Seahawks, all of which made the playoffs in 2007. Although these jobs may be safe (Holmgren is leaving Seattle on his own terms), many other NFL head coaching positions will be empty after upcoming week 17 is played. Here is a list of the coaches who should be packing their bags when the season is over.
Rod Marinelli, Detroit Lions – Sorry Rod, it’s not you, it’s the Lions. The Lions are not a bad team or even a bad franchise, they are a disease! No coach in the NFL should be able to retain their job after posting the worst record in NFL history. The Lions will finish out the season 0-16 and become the worst NFL team if not the worst team in professional sports history. Rod along with many other personnel will be let go after week 17.
Romeo Crennel, Cleveland Browns – One year removed from an unexpected 10-6 season the Browns have had another unexpected season, this time it’s not a good unexpected. The Browns are currently 4-11 and will most likely become 4-12 after next weeks game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns simply haven’t played up to their potential and it has not been solely due to injuries or a lack of talent. Crennel will land a job somewhere else, but it seems like his days in Cleveland are over.
Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals – Lewis has been unable to control his players, has bad luck with injuries, and has not kept his players out of trouble. The Bengals need drastic changes and the first might come with the firing of Lewis after week 17. The Bengals current roster will not produce any playoff appearances anytime soon. A week 17 win against the Chiefs would give the Bengals a final record of 4-11-1. Marvin Lewis is another very capable coach that will be let go, but shouldn’t be out of work very long as many changes in the NFL will be made this upcoming season.
Herm Edwards, Kansas City Chiefs – You could see this one coming halfway through the 2008 season. The Chiefs are 2-13 and lost. With or without a new coach, next year looks just as bad as 2008 has thus far. Star offensive players Tony Gonzalez and Larry Johnson may both be on different teams next year, and the Chiefs do not have a solid starting quarterback. The Chiefs need a clean slate and to hit the reset button. Edwards is gone.
Jim Haslett, St. Louis Rams – It’s very hard to hold onto a job that fell into your lap at the worst possible time. Haslett took over the Rams after Scott Linehan was released when the Rams started 0-4. Haslett led the Rams to two straight victories, then 9 straight losses. Haslett will not keep the position as Head Coach of the St. Louis Rams.
I have no clue what the Raiders organization is doing, and cannot predict the future of current coach Tom Cable.
Despite a terrible season, Jack Del Rio should keep his job with the Jaguars
Singletary will keep his current position as coach of the 49ers. Singletary has kept the 49ers competing and despite showing his rear end to the team, has conducted himself as a capable head coach.