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Summer is steaming toward an NFL town near you.

That means the heat will be on in training camps. For some, it will just keep getting hotter, right through December. At least, that’s how it will be for certain head coaches who keep bleeding losses.

Here’s one view of who is in trouble, who might be and who could be elected governor of his state. First-year head coaches don’t count. Not even Al Davis fires them.

Jalopena hot seat

Marvin Lewis, Bengals (8-8, 8-8, 11-5, 8-8, 7-9). Running a clearing house for troublemakers made for a tenuous foundation that is turning to dust.

Lane Kiffin, Raiders (4-12). Big Al axed Bill Davis after his second year, even though the first one produced a Super Bowl. Kiffin, 33, need not plan to retire as a Raider.

Mike Nolan, 49ers (4-12, 7-9, 5-11). Some teams get lucky and draft No. 1 overall when there’s a Peyton Manning. Some have the top pick in a lean draft year and wind up with Alex Smith.

Wade Phillips, Cowboys (13-3). Jerry Jones’ ego couldn’t handle a slide to 9-7, even though his overrated roster is capable of such.

Standard hot seat

Herm Edwards, Chiefs (9-7, 4-12). Kansas City was 10-6 under Dick Vermeil the year before Edwards took over. Last year’s 0-9 finish included losses to five losing teams. Rookie Round 1 pick Glenn Dorsey had better be a beast.

Scott Linehan, Rams (8-8, 3-13). A midseason 3-1 awakening was a mirage, with wins over three losing teams. December losses of 33-14 to Green Bay and 48-19 to Arizona were worrisome. A healthy Steven Jackson is essential.

Eric Mangini, Jets (10-6, 4-12). Edwards put up losing seasons in two of his last three years with the Jets. If Mangini loses for the second straight time, the tabloids will be restless.

Rod Martinelli, Lions (3-13, 7-9). A 1-7 second half wrecked the mood. The Lions have tried everything but moving across the river and joining the CFL.

Uneasy chair

Brad Childress, Vikings (6-10, 8-8). Much is expected after a monster trade for Jared Allen and some amazing moments from Adrian Peterson. Failure is an option until Childress finds The Man at quarterback.

John Fox, Panthers (7-9, 11-5, 7-9, 11-5, 8-8, 7-9). The 2003 Super Bowl season will seem like ancient history unless the new running tandem of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart becomes a sizzling current event.

Dick Jauron, Bills (7-9, 7-9). New cornerbacks will help his nondescript “D,” but it’s a leap of faith to suppose QB Trent Edwards can elevate the “O.”

Mike Shanahan, Broncos (8-8, 13-3, 12-4, 14-2, 6-10, 11-5, 9-7, 10-6, 10-6, 13-3, 9-7, 7-9). Champ Bailey turns 34 this month, a sign of the times for a team that has faded past contention.

Andy Reid, Eagles (5-11, 11-5, 11-5, 12-4, 12-4, 13-3, 6-10, 10-6, 8-8). He just turned 50, reasonably young in his line of work, but you start to get the idea NFL life and life in general has made him weary.

Jon Gruden, Buccaneers (12-4, 7-9, 5-11, 11-5, 4-12, 9-7). The Bucs stopped no one in December, and the offense seems capable of collapse.

Swivel seat

Romeo Crennel, Browns (6-10, 4-12, 10-6). With any kind of a playoff run, he’s golden. With a backslide to 6-10, conceivable if Derek Anderson can’t handle a fierce schedule, he’s gone.

Gary Kubiak, Texans (6-10, 8-8). Deciding between Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels isn’t the same as telling Steve Young he might have to sit behind Joe Montana. Without cornerback Dunta Robinson for at least half a season, 6-10 is possible.

Sean Payton, Saints (10-6, 7-9). Nothing was easy during a 3-5 second half, when the only wins were against losing teams. It’s put up or shut up time for Reggie Bush.

Lovie Smith, Bears (5-11, 11-5, 13-3, 7-9). Having taken a team to its first Super Bowl in 20-plus years counts for something. But a restless Brian Urlacher and off-key musical chairs at quarterback could put Smith down in the count.

Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals (8-8). So far, so good, but Kurt Warner is old, Matt Leinart’s reputation has leaks and the Cardinals have changed coaches like you change socks.

Comfortably seated

Tom Coughlin, Giants (6-10, 11-5, 8-8, 10-6). The asterisk after that 10-6 — four postseason wins, one over the previously unbeaten Patriots — is the size of a solid-gold manhole cover.

Jeff Fisher, Titans (7-9, 8-8, 8-8, 8-8, 13-3, 13-3, 7-9, 11-5, 12-4, 5-11, 4-12, 8-8, 10-6). The brass figured out there were plenty of teams willing to take Fisher off their hands if the Titans hadn’t extended his contract.

Mike McCarthy, Packers (8-8, 13-3). They’ll give him a pass while he figures out whether Aaron Rodgers or rookie Brian Brohm — bet on West-Coast-offense-ready Brohm — is the better successor to old No. 4.

Mike Tomlin, Steelers (10-6). The Rooneys hate instability. They might give this guy another year if he went 0-16.

Norv Turner, Chargers (11-5). Management remains eager to demonstrate that firing Marty Schottenheimer off a 14-2 year was the right thing.

Rocking chair

Mike Holmgren, Seahawks (9-7, 6-10, 9-7, 7-9, 10-6, 9-7, 13-3, 9-7, 10-6). After spending two decades in or around the playoffs, that looks like Canton beyond his sunset.

Tony Dungy, Colts (10-6, 12-4, 12-4, 14-2, 12-4, 13-3). This could be it for Dungy. He won without quarterbacks (56-46 in Tampa Bay). Now that he has one, he’s a Hall of Fame lock if he goes out with another Super Bowl win.

Captain’s chair

Jack DelRio, Jaguars (5-11, 9-7, 12-4, 8-8, 11-5). This is what Cleveland hoped for when it broke in Bill Belichick in 1991. DelRio is roughly the same age Belichick was when the latter went 6-10, 7-9, 7-9, 11-5 and 5-11.

Bill Belichick, Patriots (5-11, 11-5, 9-7, 14-2, 14-2, 10-6, 12-4, 16-0). Something about Robert Kraft’s demeanor suggests he leans more to “just win baby” than “Bill should be ashamed.”

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If the Cowboys don't get a playoff win, Fatty McButterpants is gone imo

And Romordinary becomes Danny White II.

:laugh:

(You know, I should quit mentioning Danny White...I'll bet most puke fans have no idea who he is/was... :laugh: )

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Care to put money on that? With all the talent that JJ thinks he has - he wants them SuperBowl winners NOW.

totally...JJ wants to save some face...He doesn't want to go through head coaches like he changes his socks...oh wait..thats DS...

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How about you Cowboys fans argue the authors point instead of laughing at the source.

Oh that's right - you can't. :doh: You know Wide Phillips is gone if he doesn't deliver this year.

dude its the norwich bulletin :laugh:

How about telling us where the hell Norwich is :laugh:

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I don't see any of the guys from the swivel seat down being in trouble of losing their job.

If Gruden, Fox , Jauron, Marinelli, Edwards, Lewis, Nolan Kiffin or Club Wade lay an egg they are done.

If Reid has any more family issues that affect the team the Eagles need to consider doing something. I doubt they fire his fat arse though.

If the Giants don't make the playoffs Coughlins name will get thrown around.

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How about you Cowboys fans argue the authors point instead of laughing at the source.

Oh that's right - you can't. :doh: You know Wide Phillips is gone if he doesn't deliver this year.

Like if we argue the point that will make a difference with you guys. :rolleyes: You'll simply claim that whatever we say is dumb or simply ignore the points made. This is the NFL. Head Coaches are expected to deliver bottom line. We understand Phillips is expected to win and win in the postseason. We're laughing because there's nothing really groundbreaking here, and considering the source, this is a reach find.

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Mike Shanahan, Broncos (8-8, 13-3, 12-4, 14-2, 6-10, 11-5, 9-7, 10-6, 10-6, OTE=tr1]13-3, 9-7, 7-9). Champ Bailey turns 34 this month, a sign of the times for a team that has faded past contention.

I keep wondering when a shake-up will happen in Denver.

The legendary "RB" system has been proven a myth.

The legend of Elway grows with each season of early exits for Denver.

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totally...JJ wants to save some face...He doesn't want to go through head coaches like he changes his socks...oh wait..thats DS...

Hmmmm ... Switzer, Gailey,Campo, Parcells ... all since '94. That's not a whole lot of stability at HC if you ask me.

JJ and DS have a lot in common. Thank goodness Dan stays in his box though.:laugh:

Wade "Gomer Pyle" Phillips will be gone after this season if they choke again. Maybe even if they finish with anything less than a SB win.

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dude its the norwich bulletin :laugh:

How about telling us where the hell Norwich is :laugh:

Dude, how about the point of the article...that fat-boy is gone even if he's 9-7.

If you don't want to discuss the merits of the article, stay out of the thread.

BigD, you really have taken a nose-dive in substance lately.

What's wrong, man?

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Like if we argue the point that will make a difference with you guys. :rolleyes: You'll simply claim that whatever we say is dumb or simply ignore the points made. This is the NFL. Head Coaches are expected to deliver bottom line. We understand Phillips is expected to win and win in the postseason. We're laughing because there's nothing really groundbreaking here, and considering the source, this is a reach find.

Then, stay out of the thread.

Better yet, if you think you're ignored, don't post here.

I won't miss you.

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Hmmmm ... Switzer, Gailey,Campo, Parcells ... all since '94. That's not a whole lot of stability at HC if you ask me.

JJ and DS have a lot in common. Thank goodness Dan stays in his box though.:laugh:

Wade "Gomer Pyle" Phillips will be gone after this season if they choke again. Maybe even if they finish with anything less than a SB win.

The problem for the pukes is that Jerruh is now in full control. As you pointed out, we know how this story will end. Much like the first time...he takes over a team that was built by a good coach and within three years, it's down for the count.

This is the year things crumble.

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norwich bulletin :laugh:

dude its the norwich bulletin :laugh:

How about telling us where the hell Norwich is :laugh:

ah yes, the old dishonest attempt to discredit, without actually discussing the topic.

another false argument rebuttal :rolleyes:

So explain how that because it is written in Norwich makes it less credible? The topic or argument doesn't stand on it's own because it's not written in a big named newspaper?

So everything written by say, the NY Times is correct?

using your logic..... you would discredit Lincoln's presidency because he was born in humble surroundings

log cabin? :laugh:

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phillips is not going anywhere if the boys go 9-7.. no chance..

13-3 his 1st season and 9-7 in the 2nd would makea 22-10 record overall.. i would like to see an example of any other coach being fired at 22-10..

his job is safe for at least 2 seasons unless the lockerroom completely implodes which of course you guys predict will happen every year..

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phillips is not going anywhere if the boys go 9-7.. no chance..

13-3 his 1st season and 9-7 in the 2nd would makea 22-10 record overall.. i would like to see an example of any other coach being fired at 22-10..

his job is safe for at least 2 seasons unless the lockerroom completely implodes which of course you guys predict will happen every year..

Disagree; Phillips needs to minimally reach the Championship game to stay.

The Cowboys were expected to go to the Super Bowl last year and are by many polls this year. Garrett is waiting in the wings and with one more year experience, he will take over.

Doesn't Garrett make more money than the head coach?

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Disagree; Phillips needs to minimally reach the Championship game to stay.

The Cowboys were expected to go to the Super Bowl last year and are by many polls this year. Garrett is waiting in the wings and with one more year experience, he will take over.

Doesn't Garrett make more money than the head coach?

They are both paid around $3mil/yr. I doubt Garrett is paid more but I wouldn't be surprised if he makes just $1 less.

W/O a ton of inuries to key people, I agree Phillips needs to get to the Championship game to stay as coach. Go 9-7 and no playoffs, I don't think there is a any doubt he is gone.

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