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The spin on the NFL's coaching carousel

Those interested in being an NFL coach should get their resumes ready because there could be quite a bit of turnover. Soon. Of course, the NFL coaches' hot seat is a fickle place. Remember, fans were calling for Tom Coughlin's head at one point last season, before he led the Giants to the Super Bowl. But in the NFL — which for coaches could easily stand for Not For Long — here are several coaches whose jobs could be in jeopardy (as well as a few other potential changes).

Marvin Lewis Bengals

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In six seasons, he has led the Bengals to just one winning season (11-5 in 2005). But since that AFC North title season, it has been all downhill, with this year's 1-11-1 a low point.

Herm Edwards Chiefs

He had the Chiefs at 9-7 and in the playoffs in his first year. But the Chiefs lost their last nine games last season and are 2-11 in 2008. Not good considering owner Clark Hunt warned before the year he expected to compete for a playoff spot.

Rod Marinelli Lions

The former Bucs assistant could be in on an unflattering part of history, with the Lions on track for the first 0-16 season. He has kept his poise throughout the futility but, especially with the GM that hired him (Matt Millen) gone, he might not hold onto his job.

Romeo Crennel Browns

He was a star as the Patriots' defensive coordinator. But after a strong season in 2007 (10-6), the Browns have crumbled, going 4-9 in making this season look a lot like his first two in Cleveland (combined 10-22).

Dick Jauron Bills

What a difference a month makes. When the Bills started 5-1, he was likely an early candidate for coach of the year. But the Bills have fallen to 6-7 and last in the AFC East. Would a third straight 7-9 season mean the end for him?

Jack Del Rio Jaguars

Thanks to his hefty contract extension, which goes through the 2012 season, he likely won't be cut loose anytime soon. But the Jaguars, thought by some to be Super Bowl contenders, had the bottom fall out this season (4-9, last place in AFC South). With some rebuilding ahead, it'll be interesting to see how the Jaguars respond in 2009.

Norv Turner Chargers

General manager A.J. Smith already has said Turner will be back next season, seemingly showing patience considering the Chargers made the AFC title game last year. But that moment seems so far away for fans, who've watched a team once considered a Super Bowl contender fall to 5-8 in a weak AFC West.

Jim Haslett Rams

Haslett, who took over for fired Scott Linehan, has head coaching experience. But whether the interim tag sticks after this season is still up in the air.

Tom Cable Raiders

He took over as interim coach after the messy Lane Kiffin saga. The former offensive line coach has 21 years of coaching experience (four as head coach in college). But owner Al Davis likely will go after a big name to make a splash.

Mike Singletary 49ers

He started his interim status with a mini-meltdown, dropping his pants in the locker room at halftime of a blowout loss to Seattle. But he has gone 3-3 since taking over. If the 49ers don't offer him a contract for 2009, there could be another team that does.

Tony Dungy Colts

Of course, the beloved Colts coach can stay probably as long as he wants. But that's the question: How long does he want to keep coaching? He already has accomplished it all. Could he follow the lead of Seattle's Mike Holmgren, who is retiring after this season?

Andy Reid Eagles

He has taken the Eagles to four NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl. But this will be his 10th year, and a decade is a long time to coach one team in the NFL. Is there a chance he might step away, even if it's only a one-year break?

The spin on the NFL's coaching carousel 12/13/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 15, 2008 2:30pm]
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