Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Which Coach Will the Packers Get Fired Next?

Coaches around the NFL that are on the proverbial hot seat are double checking their calendars to make sure that they don't have the Green Bay Packers on the upcoming schedule. In their last two games, the Packers have been the final opponent for two coaches, first the Cowboys' Wade Phillips and now Brad Childress of the Vikings. Obviously, the firings weren't based solely on how their teams played against the Packers, but in both cases the games were the final straw. Two uninspired performances against Green Bay put two coaches into the unemployment line, and could the Pack make it a third by season's end? From least likely to most likely, here are the following coaches who are in jeopardy of losing their job after playing the Packers in 2010:

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots (Dec. 19th) - Jeff Fisher may be the longest-tenured coach in the league, but sooner or later I think that distinction will go to Bill Belichick. Unless Belichick decides to retire on his own, this guy is going to be coaching this team until he's dead. I think this is the game that the Packers are least likely to win in their final six, but either way, Belichick's job is pretty secure.  

Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons (Nov. 28th) - Mike Smith has the Falcons rolling, and even though I do think the Packers will get the upset in Atlanta, his job is more than safe. Then again I did pick the Rams to beat Atlanta last week, so maybe I'm just not giving the Falcons any credit. Either way, Smith's job isn't close to being in doubt.

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (Dec. 26th) - Here's where things start to get interesting. Do I honestly think Coughlin will get fired after the Packers play them this season? No, I do not. But it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility, especially if the Giants have another late-season collapse. If Coughlin does get the ax this season it would likely be after the season and not after this game, but I think he's still relatively safe.

Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions (Dec. 12th) - I still think that in a few years the Lions are going to be a perennial NFC Championship contender, but then again we've been saying that for nearly ten years now. You would think that the Lions would give Schwartz a little time to turn this ship around, but just when this team starts showing progress they drop a game to a team like the then-winless Buffalo Bills. Schwartz will stick around for while, but then again, these are the Lions. You never know.

Mike Singletary, San Francisco 49ers (Dec. 5th) - These final two coaches have a legit chance at getting canned after they play the Packers, especially Mike Singletary. This guy appears more in over his head every week, and it will be a long time before he coaches again after this job, if ever. I still think that if the 49ers wanted to fire Singletary mid-season they would have done it by now, and somehow San Fran is still in the playoff race at 3-7 because the NFC West is so bad, so a coaching change now would be ill-advised. Actually, if the Packers lose this game, maybe Mike McCarthy's job should be in jeopardy. Just kidding, but seriously they better not lose this game.

Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears (Jan. 2nd) - Not only do I think Lovie Smith is the most likely to lose his job, I think it's almost a certainty it's going to happen. Sure, the Bears are in front of the NFC North right now, but there's plenty of season left for that to change and for them to collapse. When I've brought this up with others, the notion that Lovie could be fired quickly gets shot down because they all seem to be certain that his job is safe, but I wouldn't be so sure. I think Smith has to win the North and then a playoff game for his job to be safe, because he's been all talk and no walk for quite some time now. Plus, this is the last game of the season so the probability of him getting fired after this game is increased by that reason alone.

While it's probably way more likely that none of these coaches get fired this season much less immediately after playing the Packers, it's already improbable that two coaches got fired against us in back to back weeks. It may be unlikely that a third gets shipped out, but I wouldn't be surprised if some of these coaches had a hard time sleeping the night before they faced Green Bay.


Turtle said...

Obviously, McCarthy is persuing the role of longest tenured head coach in the NFL and I applaud him.

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