With the quitting of Bobby Petrino of the Falcons on Tuesday, we have our first opening for a coaching spot in the NFL this season. Petrino was never a good fit for the Falcons, and here’s hoping that owner Arthur Blank will do a better job this time around getting it right. Petrino will not be the only coach to either leave or get fired after the season though, and here are a few top men that had better be a bit worried about job security.
John Fox – Panthers: The Panthers have totally underachieved since being a feel-good story two years ago and making it to the NFC Title game in which they lost to the Seahawks. Last season the teams slide started with poor play and a less than impressive offense, and now add on a bunch of injuries, and it’s even worse this season. Fox has been a steady leader for the Panthers, but it may be time to get a new voice for this franchise.
Cam Cameron – Dolphins: Some will say the only way the Dolphins can go is up from what very well could be an 0-16 season, but on the other hand, how can you keep him around after this historical collapse? The team shot itself in the foot early on with trading for an old and beat up Trent Green, and then were slammed with injuries including two of their best players, Ronnie Brown and Zach Thomas. I would actually like to see what Cameron can do with one more year.
Brian Billick – Ravens: The Ravens head coach insists that he’ll back back in 2008, but is it really up to him? This team peaked last season going 13-3, and now have gotten old, beat up, and have a ton of issues they will have to deal with on both sides of the ball. The Monday night collapse vs the Pats two weeks ago with players throwing flags and acting like school children should show ownership that they need to take a hard look at moving on from Billick next year.
Herm Edwards – Chiefs: This may be a longshot, but let’s face it: the Chiefs backdoored last year into the playoffs, and this year with a back and forth at QB with Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle, a holdout from Larry Johnson, and a defense that has gotten worse as the season has progressed, the Chiefs don’t appear to be going anywhere fast. They haven’t see a division title for a few years, and the fan base is growing restless. Edwards could be the scapegoat.
Marvin Lewis – Bengals: While there has not been much said about Lewis being on the hot seat, there should be. Lewis’ team appeared ready to be a top AFC team when they started 3-0 last year, but since then have gone 10-16 with stars like Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson and others. Of course they just can’t seem to get a defense put together there, despite Lewis’ background coaching defenses over the years. He’ll be back, but does he really deserve to be?