NFL Coaches Entering 2013 on the Hot Seat
Every season NFL coaches must give it their all or else they run the risk of losing their job and hoping to find another. This upcoming year will be no different as there will be numerous firings once the season is over, and heading into the season the following coaches are the ones who are on the hot seat and must have their team perform well if they hope to continue coaching them.
- Mike Munchak, Tennessee Titans- Mike Munchak knows the game of football well as he is a former player and a Hall of Fame inductee as well. Munchak was an offensive lineman and was the Tennessee Titans' offensive line coach for 14 years before becoming the head coach in 2011. The two season he has been the head coach haven't gone well however as the team went 9-7 in his first season at the helm, but last year took a giant step back with a 6-10 mark. The Titans have their future quarterback in Jake Locker, and if Munchak isn't able to help Locker and the Titans improve this season and show some hope for the future, he could very well be out as the head coach after this season.
- Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions- Jim Schwartz has been the head coach of the Detroit Lions for four years now and sports gamblers should know he has recently been bringing his team down despite all the talent on the roster. The Lions signed Reggie Bush in the off-season, and talks have begun that Lions players think they should reach the Super Bowl now that they have a star at running back. If the expectations are that high after a 4-12 2012 season, then Schwartz should find himself on the hot seat heading into the season, and a playoff appearance seems a must if he hopes to keep his job.
- Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers- Ron Rivera was able to lead the Carolina Panthers to a second place finish in the NFL South last year, however the 7-9 record they had contrasts their final standing. Sports books were expecting a better season out of the Panthers as they are led by one of the most versatile young quarterbacks in the league Cam Newton, and now that they added an immediate impact player on defense with their first round selection of Star Lotulelei in the draft, expectations should be even higher for the Panthers this season, and if they are unable to live up to them Rivera could find himself on the way out.
- Rex Ryan, New York Jets- It really is a surprise that Rex Ryan still has a job as the New York Jets head coach. The Jets have been going steadily downhill the past few years and bottomed out at 6-10 last season as well as battling news stories about Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez. Ryan now has Geno Smith under center, and if he continues to play Sanchez despite him showing he is inept at the quarterback position it will be another sign he needs to be replaced. Although the Jets won't be a sports betting dream this year, they should be able to show improvement from last season and if they can't, Rex should find himself looking for a new job after the season.