Coaches on the edge
Already this season, coaches Scott Linehan (Rams), Lane Kiffin (Raiders) and Mike Nolan (49ers) have been fired. And Lions team president Matt Millen received a pink slip. There's a chance Tony Dungy (Colts) and Mike Holmgren (Seahawks) will walk away after this season. And there appears to be a slew of Dead Men Coaching right now. A look at other coaches who need to turn it up the rest of the season to avoid losing their jobs:
Brad Childress - Vikings
The fans are ready to fire him now. Ownership is not happy because the Vikings (3-4) seem to be moving backward.
Romeo Crennel - Browns
A decent second half will spare his job, but 2-4 is not the start Cleveland wanted. Or expected.
Herm Edwards - Chiefs
Kansas City (1-5) just doesn't get better, but Edwards is a good coach and might be given a little more leeway than normal.
Marvin Lewis - Bengals
The team is 0-7, ownership is sketchy, and the off-field problems continue to plague this franchise.
Eric Mangini - Jets
Ownership got him a quarterback (Brett Favre), but the team doesn't look all that much better at 3-3. Look for the Jets to tear everything up after the season.
Rod Marinelli - Lions
Unless the winless Lions win nine in a row, there's no way Marinelli stays. (And they aren't going to win nine in a row. In fact, they might lose nine in a row).
Sean Payton - Saints
He should be okay - unless the Saints flame out in the second half.
Wade Phillips - Cowboys
Suddenly a mess in Dallas. Phillips might need to win the Super Bowl to keep his job.
Andy Reid - Eagles
Anything short of the playoffs would be disappointing considering the high expectations. Norv Turner - ChargersThis team was supposed to be Super Bowl-bound, not struggling at 3-4.
Motor City mess
The best news we can give Lions fans? Well, at least the Red Wings' season has started. What a mess, and it could get scarier. The Lions have a real shot at going 0-16. On one hand, it's true that their past two losses have come on the road by a combined nine points. Still, they just finished with the soft part of their schedule. They have only two games left against teams now under .500, and both of those teams aren't all that bad - the Vikings (3-4) and the Saints (3-4).
Days to the Super Bowl:
He said it
"One of my guys said, 'Are there any big guys in London like us, or are we going to stand out?' I thought to myself, 'I didn't see too many big guys, so you might stand out a little bit.' Of course, he was a lineman."
Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson after San Diego arrived in England for its game today against the Saints
He said it, too
"I don't go home anymore. My wife won't let me in the house. Kids don't call anymore. Not even for money."
Seahawks defensive coordinator John Marshall, whose team is 1-5 and in last place in the NFC West
A Phillie Phanatic
This is another reason for Bucs fans to dislike QB Matt Ryan, aside from the fact that he plays for an NFC South rival in Atlanta. Ryan grew up in Exton, Pa., and is a huge Phillies fan. Interestingly, Ryan's Falcons are in Philly today to play the Eagles. Will he stick around to watch tonight's Rays-Phillies game?
"No chance," Ryan said. "I've got to get back and get ready for whoever we play the following week."
Dot ... dot ... dot
The defending champion Giants are 5-1 but have played only one team that now has a winning record. That stops today. Nine of their 10 remaining games are against teams that are now .500 or better. ... What's wrong with the 3-3 Eagles? This is one problem: QB Donovan McNabb has thrown only one second-half touchdown this season. ... The Bengals have allowed 26 sacks so far after giving up just 17 last season. ... If the Cardinals win the NFC West, it will be their first division title since they won the NFC East as the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975.
Our pick, as of right now, of which two teams will be playing in Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 in Tampa.
Motor City mess
The best news we can give Lions fans? Well, at least the Red WingsÕ season has started. What a mess, and it could get scarier. The Lions have a real shot at going 0-16. On one hand, itÕs true that their past two losses have come on the road by a combined nine points. Still, they just finished with the soft part of their schedule. They have only two games left against teams now under .500, and both of those teams arenÕt all that bad Ñ the Vikings (3-4) and the Saints (3-4).