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2013 College Football Head Coaches on the Hot Seat (Updated 10/13)

October 13th, 2013 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on 2013 College Football Head Coaches on the Hot Seat (Updated 10/13)
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Lane Kiffin USCWe are just two weeks into the college football season, and it is very clear that some of the coaches that were on the hot seat are once again really in some deep trouble when push comes to shove. Join us today at Bankroll Sports as we look at our college football coaches on the hot seat in 2013.

FIRED Lane Kiffin, USC Trojans – Kiffin’s days were numbered before this season ever started. It really is clear that this is a man that shouldn’t be leading a major college football program. It wasn’t Kiffin’s fault that he was handcuffed by scholarship limitations the entire time that he was at USC, but the bottom line is that his 65 guys should be more talented than the 85 guys on the other side of the field more often than not. Expectations were higher than what ever could have reasonably been expected, and they eventually blew up in USC’s face with Kiffin being shown the door.

FIRED Don Treadwell, Miami (OH) Redhawks – We really didn’t see this one coming. The Redhawks have been bad for quite some time, but they were epically bad at the start of this season. Something had to be changed, and what ended up happening was the dismissal of both the head coach and the offensive coordinator of the team. Has anything gotten better since Treadwell’s dismissal? Not really. The team is still one of the worst at the FBS level this year, and we know FCS teams that would scoff at how bad this unit really has turned out to be.

FIRED Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut Huskies – This UConn team might be the worst of all of the automatic qualifying schools in the entire country. Pasqualoni inherited a team that had just gone to the BCS and was at its height. There was no way that that expectation could have become the regular in Storrs, but at least staying competitive was a reasonable goal. That’s all that was asked of Pasqualoni, and he couldn’t even do that. This team was losing far too many games to teams like Towson, Buffalo, and South Florida to warrant anyone in this football program keeping their jobs.

Charlie Weis, Kansas Jayhawks – Weis is still very much so in some trouble this year, though at least he has some competitive games under his belt and an offense that looks like it is starting to get its act together. Still, a couple Big XII wins is the minimum expectation this year in Lawrence, and if not, expect this team to fire its third coach in the last five years.

Ron English, Eastern Michigan Eagles – English knows that his days in Ypsilanti are numbered. Eastern Michigan just never got better during his tenure, and time is out to prove that he is really the man to lead this team to the next level. Forget about a bowl game and forget about the idea that this could be a competitive team in the MAC. No competitiveness will surely send him out the door in the first week of December at the latest.

Mack Brown, Texas Longhorns – Is Brown going to be asked to step down at the end of the season? Almost certainly. We just don’t see how the regents in Austin are going to tolerate any more mediocrity out of Brown. However, this is a man that did just upset Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry, and getting that Gatorade bath might be the last great memory that we have of him as a coach. Just the thought of perhaps bringing in Nick Saban to coach this team in 2014 is enough to want to get Brown out the door as soon as possible.

Norm Chow, Hawaii Warriors – Hawaii was atrocious last season, and what we are seeing is that the team is once again atrocious. This pro style offense is at least tolerable to watch, but the Warriors don’t have the talent to execute, especially in the trenches. This team is getting killed both along the OL and the DL, and Chow has no answers. At just 3-15 in two seasons with the Warriors, Chow is clearly in a lot of trouble.

2013 NFL Coaches On The Hot Seat: Coaches That Could Be Fired

September 19th, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2013 NFL Coaches On The Hot Seat: Coaches That Could Be Fired
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Jason Garrett CowboysThe 2013 NFL season is only in its infant stages, and we have a lot of coaches that are already starting to sweat some bullets as to whether they will have jobs coming through the end of the season or from the point that the campaign is over with. Check out the list of the NFL hot seat and the coaches on the hot seat through a couple of weeks in the 2013 NFL season.

Rex Ryan, New York Jets – Like it or lump it, Rex is on his way out at the end of the year if he doesn’t get this team to the postseason. GM John Idzik was more or less stuck with Ryan as the head coach of this team, and it is clear that he doesn’t want Ryan there any longer. For now though, ownership has told Idzik that he’s stuck for at least this season, and Ryan is once again proving that he has a defense that is capable of winning games. But does he have an offense that is capable? QB Geno Smith at least is a bit of an upgrade over QB Mark Sanchez as we see it, and that could help out the team, but the rest of the talent surrounding Smith is awful. It’s time for a change in the Big Apple.

Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Had you asked us at the beginning of the season, we would have told you that Schiano would get at least one more season after this one to prove that he is the man that can really take this team to the next level. That said, the disdain that his players have for him is growing, and both QB Josh Freeman and DB Darrelle Revis have taken issue with Schiano. That’s not good for a man that is already looked upon as a hyper aggressive coach that overcoaches his players. Schiano wants more control of the team. GM Mark Dominik isn’t giving it up. In the end, situations like this usually end with the head coach getting canned.

Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys – Why? Because the head coach is always on the hot seat in Dallas. GM/Owner Jerry Jones isn’t going to tolerate another one of these 8-8 type of seasons that ends in Dallas watching the playoffs, and after taking playcalling duties away from Garrett, the next step is sending him packing. We get the feeling that Garrett is a good enough head coach to make this work, and he very well could have the best team in the NFC East this year. But even getting into the playoffs and crashing out in the first round would have JJ gritting his teeth quite a bit. The line has been drawn in the sand. QB Tony Romo is staying. Garrett might be going if he can’t make Romo work.

Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans – We aren’t crazy to think that Kubiak’s job could be in some danger this year. Yes, he has finally gotten the team over the hump and gotten it to two straight AFC South titles, and this year should be a third. But if the Texans can’t figure out how to get past one of these big time teams in the AFC, there is a chance that the team might ultimately go the route of the Chargers, who canned Marty Schottenheimer after a number of great regular seasons and no playoff success. We think that the Texans would be crazy to fire Kubiak, and we do think that there is a real sentiment of continuity being important in this franchise, but GM Rick Smith isn’t going to wait forever. The window is only open so far in Houston, and eventually, it’s going to shut.

Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers – Again, this might be another one where we are stretching just a bit. The Steelers are in bad shape right now, and they aren’t even going to remotely contend for a playoff spot if they can’t get their offensive line in order. This is another one of these teams that preaches continuity, as the Steelers never, ever fire their head coaches. However, a disaster of a 3-13 season a year after missing the playoffs might have Tomlin at least worrying a little bit about his job. We think that he’ll find a way to win five or six games this year and ultimately be alright, but the seat he is on is getting a little toasty.

Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers – Rivera’s seat is going to be the hottest in the game is his Panthers lose on Sunday to the Giants. Starting at 0-3 isn’t going to cut it again for a man that was tasked to get this team into the playoffs. This is the third year that Rivera has had control of this team, and between his arrival and the emergence of QB Cam Newton as a real franchise changer, the playoffs shouldn’t be an unreal expectation. Unfairly to Rivera though, the NFC South is an awesome division, and getting into the playoffs in the NFC as a whole is going to be extremely tough. We’d bet that this season is the last that we see of Rivera on Tobacco Road.

Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions – It’s tough to fire the guy that brought you to your first postseason in eons, but the Lions are going to have to make a move if they end up being a 5-11 type of team once again this year. QB Matthew Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson, and RB Reggie Bush are just too talented to be wasting away like this, but the real sign of bad coaching turns up in all of the penalties that Detroit takes that aren’t the aggressive types of holding or pass interference penalties. Far too many offsides. Far too many false starts. Far, far, far, far, far too many personal fouls. Schwartz has done well turning around a team that had just finished 0-16, but there is a lot of work for someone else to do if Schwartz can’t get some of it done over the course of the next four months.

Mike Munchak, Tennessee Titans – If the Titans keep showing the grit that they did in Weeks 1 and 2, Munchak will be fine for another season. The expectation is not to get the Titans to the playoffs this year, but to position them to get into the postseason in 2014. So far, things look okay, and the team might arrive a year earlier than scheduled with the way that the AFC is looking. With this revamped offensive line and DC Gregg Williams running a tight ship on that side of the ball, this could be a team that is fundamentally ready to challenge in the AFC South.

Potential Replacements For NFL Coaches In 2012

January 3rd, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on Potential Replacements For NFL Coaches In 2012
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“Black Monday” for NFL coaches is just a week away, and by the time the season is said and done with, there coach be over a dozen openings that assistants and others that weren’t leading NFL teams this year need to fill. Check out the list of coaches that we think are set to make the jump into the head coaching ranks in the 2012 NFL season.

Brian Billick: Billick led the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl a decade ago, and he really built that strong foundation that Baltimore has had since that point, but for the past few seasons, he has been working for FOX Sports as an analyst as he tries to get back into the coaching game. There are no signs that he is coming back, but an owner like Dan Snyder that is willing to throw enough money at him could get a steal.

Jon Gruden: Another man who went from the sidelines to the booth, Gruden’s name always gets tossed around as a potential head coaching candidate. Again, there is no reason to believe that this will be the year that he comes back to coaching, especially since he really does enjoy his gig with ESPN. That doesn’t mean that a job near home with the Jacksonville Jaguars or Miami Dolphins might not be appealing.

Bill Cowher: See: Gruden, Jon. It’s basically the exact same situation, just change the letters “ESPN” to “CBS.” However, of all of the coaches that are in broadcasting right now, we think that Cowher is the least likely to get back into coaching this year. Now, if the Cleveland Browns job were to open back up or if the Houston Texans job were to come open, that might be a different story… but for now, we doubt that Cowher gets back in the game.

Jeff Fisher: The Titans’ split with Fisher last year was as bloody as it gets, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have the ability to jump back onto the sidelines and to fix a team that just needs some tweaking to be solid. Tennessee, in spite of a very similar record to that of last season, wasn’t nearly as good this season, and Fisher was probably at least a part of the reason for that. A team that is looking for stability like the Eagles could be a nice new home for Fisher if wants to come back to coaching.

Romeo Crennel: Crennel really deserves the job with the Kansas City Chiefs. He led QB Kyle Orton to a win over the Green Bay Packers in his first week on the job, replacing the fired Todd Haley. Crennel has ties to GM Scott Pioli from the days that both were dominating with the New England Patriots, and it would be a move that makes a heck of a lot of sense for both sides.

Tony Sparano: In our opinion, Sparano did a great job with the Miami Dolphins over the course of the last few years, and we think that he left them in a heck of a lot better shape than the lousy squad that he inherited. Someone should give Sparano a shot to shine for sure in spite of the fact that he was canned this year. He will almost certainly be the only coach fired that we think is deserving of a head coaching job once again right away.

Jay Gruden: No, you’re not reading that wrong. That does say “Jay” and not “Jon” in front of the word “Gruden.” The younger Gruden brother has had all sorts of success in the Arena Football League and United Football League as a head coach, and though he only has one season as an offensive coordinator at the NFL level, teams may be vying for his services this offseason. Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Miami… are you paying attention? Gruden’s roots are all in the Sunshine State, and he would inevitably love the come back to his home.

Rob Ryan: Someone is probably going to offer Ryan a lot of money in hopes that he can bring the same level of success to their franchise that his brother, Rex did for the New York Jets. That being said, we really weren’t all that impressed this year with what Ryan did for the Dallas Cowboys’ defense, and we’re really not all that sure that it is going to be a wise hire for a team that is hoping for a jolt. That being said, Ryan is clearly one of the hottest coaching commodities out there to become a head coach, and this is probably the season that he gets a look.

Gregg Williams: In spite of the fact that Williams really failed as a head coach with the Buffalo Bills a decade ago, there is no denying the fact that he has been a great defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints. He’s got experience and a decent background of late, so someone will probably make the relatively “safe” hire for Williams, and then wonder why they need to fire him again in four years…

Perry Fewell: Fewell was the interim coach for the Bills a few years ago, and he did a respectable job. However, he really wasn’t that hot of a commodity then like he is now, as many love the way that he has handled that this New York defense, which has had a slew of injuries this year and has still proven to be a solid unit.

Brian VanGorder: All together now: “Who???” VanGorder is the man that has really made the Falcons a much more viable defensive team, and there is going to be a coach that wants to bring his intensity to their sidelines as well. He was the coach at Georgia Southern for awhile, so at least he does have some level of coaching experience at the top, unlike names like Josh McDaniels and Raheem Morris who were given jobs as head coaches foolishly before him, and don’t be surprised if he turns out to be one of those hires in the 2012 NFL season that you had never heard of before, sort of like Pat Shurmur with the Cleveland Browns.

Mike Zimmer: It’s high time that Zimmer gets a job as a head coach. He has done a great job with a Cincinnati defense that was absolutely atrocious before he got there. Now, he has done it again, and he should really get a spot on the sidelines for a team that has a bit of a defense in place that doesn’t quite have the right scheme.

Dirk Koetter: We’re actually a bit surprised that the Jags tabbed Mel Tucker as their interim head coach and not Koetter. Of course, the fact that he hasn’t been able to mold QB Blaine Gabbert into a starting signal caller could be bad news for him, just like it is probably going to be bad news for McDaniels that he couldn’t get anything going with QB Sam Bradford and the Rams this year. That being said, Koetter’s name continues to come up from time to time as a potential coaching candidate, and he just hasn’t gotten the nod yet.

Chuck Pagano: Any time you are the coordinator for a defense that is as big and bad as that of the Ravens, you deserve your name in the head coaching pool. Pagano did a nice job this year keeping this unit together in spite of the fact that LB Ray Lewis has missed time, and the end result might be that he gets hired to try to fix some poor team’s defense.

Pepper Johnson: Another defensive coach off of the Bill Belichick tree… Coordinators for the Pats become head coaches more often than any other team, and Johnson is young and is leading a defensive line that is anchoring an otherwise poor defense. Johnson will draw some looks for sure, and he could be a perfect fit for the likes of Kansas City or Arizona.

2011 College Football Coaches On The Hot Seat

October 30th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on 2011 College Football Coaches On The Hot Seat
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We are starting to wind down the 2011 NCAA football schedule, but here at Bankroll Sports, we are starting to get concerned with a lot of head coaches on the hot seat. Check out the coaches that we think are in a heck of a lot of trouble if things don’t turn around for the rest of this season.

Mike Stoops – Arizona Wildcats: The Wildcats have already parted ways with Stoops after the team started off at 1-5 this season. Arizona had lost 10 straight games against FBS schools until it fired Stoops, and then it turned around the destroyed the UCLA Bruins in its next game. And that brings us to…

Rick Neuheisel – UCLA Bruins: Neuheisel should have already been fired this year to tell the total truth. His team was absolutely annihilated in that game against Arizona on national television, and there was an ugly skirmish that took place just before halftime as well. In fairness to Neuheisel, he hasn’t been able to keep a quarterback healthy for the past few seasons, but there is still no excuse. He came to Los Angeles vowing to put the Bruins back on the map and out of the shadows of the USC Trojans. The Men of Troy have been on probation these last two seasons, and UCLA is still irrelevant. The only way that Neuheisel ends up safe is by beating the Arizona State Sun Devils this coming week and getting into the Pac-12 Championship Game. Even then, we’re not totally sure.

Jeff Tedford – California Golden Bears: The Golden Bears were back on the map for awhile, but these last two seasons have been mighty frustrating. The team has never won more than 10 games in a year with Tedford calling the shots, and this is going to be the fifth season in his nine at the post in which this team has finished with a sub-.500 record in the Pac-12 (old Pac-10). Last year’s 5-7 seasons was brutal without a bowl game, the first time that that was the case since Tedford’s first year in 2002. Cal has two home games against Washington State and Oregon State over the next two weeks, and Tedford badly needs to win those two games and get this team back to a bowl game, or his days might be numbered in Berkeley.

Paul Wulff – Washington State Cougars: And the Pac-12 raid continues… Washington State hasn’t really had a good season in quite some time, and Wulff is about out of time to try to turn things around in Pullman. This team has lost four in a row, and without some momentum at the end of the season, we just don’t know if Wulff is going to survive. The Cougs have allowed 42 or more points four times this year and a whopping 21 times since 2008.

Mike Riley, Oregon State Beavers: We feel a bit bad for Riley, because he just doesn’t have the resources that Oregon does up the road in Eugene. His team went just 5-7 last year, and it is 2-6 this season, and things are clearly going in the wrong direction. The truth of the matter is that the Beavers really became relevant in the mid-2000s when they were finishing with nine or 10 wins virtually every year, but that time has come and gone. But, with USC, Stanford, and Oregon so dominating over the past few years, time is running out for basically all of the coaches in the Pac-12.

Houston Nutt – Ole Miss Rebels: Think that Nutt regrets that decision to leave Arkansas to go to Ole Miss? With the Hogs, he built a program that included three SEC West titles and eight Top 25 finishes. Now, he took over at Ole Miss and just was not able to rebuild after the wheels fell off for QB Jevan Snead in 2009. His team is going to miss a bowl game for a second straight year, and with a 1-15 record over two seasons in the SEC looming, the Rebels might be looking to make a change.

Neil Callaway – UAB Blazers: Coaching UAB has to be one of the most difficult jobs in the entire country. The school is tucked away in the middle of nowhere in Birmingham, and there is no way that it is ever going to be able to compete with Auburn and Alabama in recruiting. Since coming to the Blazers though, Callaway is only 16-44 without a bowl game, or a finish in the top half of the East Division in Conference USA. The time is clearly coming for UAB to head another direction.

Ron Zook – Illinois Fighting Illini: The thought was that the Zooker was off of the hot seat when he got the Illini off to a 6-0 start to this season and a Top 20 ranking in the country. However, after three straight losses, we’re just not all that sure. We tend to think that recruiting QB Nathan Scheelhaase will at least earn Zook one more season, but there is a point that this program really needs to improve. The only really notable season was the 9-4 Rose Bowl year in 2007. However, aside from that, Zook only has one other bowl bid, though we’re assuming that the Illini are going to go bowling this year even if they do only go 6-6.

Mark Richt – Georgia Bulldogs: Richt is really at best a fringe candidate to get fired at the end of this season, but if he survived the 0-2 start to this season, he has to be considered relatively safe right now. Richt scored a big, big win over the Florida Gators on Saturday, and that both ensured that the Bulldogs will be bowling and that Richt should be in good shape. If UGA ends up winning the SEC East this year, as it looks like it very much so could, we can’t see how it would fire its coach.

2010 NFL Head Coaches on the Hot Seat

August 29th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2010 NFL Head Coaches on the Hot Seat
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The hot seat. Every coach finds himself on it at some point in his career. Some persevere, while others fold under the pressure. This year in the NFL, there are a number of coaches that are facing potential do or die situations. Check out who those coaches are, why they’re in trouble, what we can expect of them this year, and their odds to win the Super Bowl.

Chan Gailey, Buffalo Bills (+10000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): Bottom line: When you’re not a good coaching hire in the first place, you’re always on the hot seat. Gailey was an awful coach at virtually every stop along the way in his career, and this is probably going to be no exception. It looks like he has decided that QB Trent Edwards is the man to try to take his team from the ranks of the worst in the league to respectability. No chance. Edwards is, at best, the fifth best quarterback in this division, and he is clearly not the answer. Gailey will probably survive regardless, but this year has the potential to be a bloody one. We’ve seen coaches dismissed after one year before. Gailey might be the next in line.

Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans (+3000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): Playoffs or bust. That’s the ultimatum that has been handed down from owner Bob McNair to Kubiak this year for the Texans. This is the only franchise in the NFL that has never tasted the playoffs, and by now, the fourth year of his rule in Houston, the Texans should be making the playoffs, particularly with the type of talent that the team has. The only problem is that the schedule is an absolute nightmare this year. Houston has also already lost its second round draft pick and projected starting RB Ben Tate, which really only leaves RBs Arian Foster and Steve Slaton. This could be a bad situation if Foster doesn’t pan out. Still, the top rated passing attack in the NFL from last year is only getting better with every pass that QB Matt Schaub throws. Every year this team gets better and better. Last year was the squad’s first season above .500. This should be the year that the playoffs are reached.

Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars (+10000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): Here’s a man that probably should have already been fired. Jacksonville has drafted poorly in recent years, and it is really catching up. The team simply isn’t that great. The decision to make QB David Garrard the starter a few years ago paid off in the short term but has crippled the franchise now that it really needs its boost, as the Jags are threatening to move to Los Angeles if ticket sales don’t pick up. Unless RB Maurice Jones-Drew intends on having a year like Chris Johnson did last season in Tennessee, don’t expect Del Rio to be heading anywhere but the unemployment line once the year is out.

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles (+3000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): It’s hard to think that the Eagles would part ways with Reid after all of the playoff years that this franchise has had, but this is the same team that just dumped QB Donovan McNabb unceremoniously to a divisional rival in exchange for a bag of peanuts and a box of footballs. Reid needs to at least finish .500 this year with new QB Kevin Kolb, or he might be out the door. The Eagles are searching for a new direction, and the fact that Reid only brought the team to one Super Bowl and never won the big one could ultimately cost him. If the standard of his job is going to be measured on the playoffs, the City of Brotherly Love will be watching the last season of Reid on the sidelines in green.

Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears (+5000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): The Bears made the biggest splash of the offseason last year when they acquired QB Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos. Cutler failed miserably, and the team flat out stunk last season. Now, Chicago was back at it again this year, picking up DE Julius Peppers, the best free agent that the open market has seen in years in the NFL. An 0-3 start to the preseason with just 36 total points scored isn’t a good start if you’re looking to put good mojo into your team for your make or break season. Somehow, Smith, just like Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati, finds a way to keep saving his job with one good year every so often. This could be that “every so often” year in the Windy City… but if it isn’t, it is high time that Smith goes.

John Fox, Carolina Panthers (+6000 to win Super Bowl XLV at JustBet Sportsbook): The Panthers know that this is probably going to be a down year, but Fox is just as much putting them on the hot seat as they are putting him there. The team did go out and dump QB Jake Delhomme after so many failed seasons, and they even brought in his eventual successor, QB Jimmy Clausen in the NFL Draft. However, Fox doesn’t want to wait for some rookie to groom. He wants to win and win now. The rushing attack is great with both RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart capable of rushing for 1,000+ yards. However, the defense lost the aforementioned Peppers and has a lot of work to do to return to respectability. The Panthers are clearly the third best team in this division, and the end result could be a long, long season in which Fox either gets fired before its conclusion, or tells the team that he is not renewing his contract at season’s end.