It’s the time of year when coaches in many NFL cities are getting worried about their future. Sunday’s game in San Diego features two of the five coaches whose seats are the hottest. The top 5, in order of heat index:
1 Andy Reid, Philadelphia: The league’s longest-tenured coach appears to be gone after his 14th season. The Eagles snapped an eight-game losing streak last week against Tampa Bay and have gone to rookie quarterback Nick Foles over Michael Vick.
2 Norv Turner, San Diego: Turner has been down this road before and kept his job. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported last week Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will be fired after the season.
3 Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona: The Cardinals have lost nine in a row after a 4-0 start. Last week’s 58-0 loss to Seattle might have been the final straw.
4 Romeo Crennel, Kansas City: Crennel had the “interim” removed from his title last season after a strong finish. The Chiefs are 2-11, but Crennel has been praised for keeping the team together in the wake of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide.
5 Ron Rivera, Carolina: The Panthers are 3-4 since Jerry Richardson told Rivera the team needed to “trend upward” after GM Marty Hurney was fired. If the Panthers win out to finish 7-9, Rivera might have a shot at returning.