Blame the front office, not the coach:
Steelers Mike Tomlin: Defense is old or really young, no in-between veterans to make an impact, O-line issues haven’t been resolved for years.
Dolphins Joe Philbin: Has kept team even-keeled through rough patches to stay alive in playoff hunt, has key players at every position, needs more talent across the board.
Falcons Mike Smith: Has a lot of skill position standouts, backfield mess is bothersome, does not have adequate O-linemen, linebackers decimated with injuries, defense not that talented.
Rams Jeff Fisher: Willing them to 5 victories in 12 games without a QB, has never been a plan B for the injury-prone Sam Bradford, it starts and ends at the helm, especially in toughest division.
Giants Tom Coughlin: Didn’t have luxury to have Victor Cruz with Odell Beckham much, Eli Manning is far from elite, Rashad Jennings got injured, as did several defenders, not enough talent on O-line or defensive front-7
Jets Rex Ryan: They finally attended to offense by signing Eric Decker and trading for Percy Harvin, but bad QB play keeps this team near the cellar, desperate for secondary help.
Jaguars Gus Bradley: Youngest team in the league, rookie QB, took time to find stability at RB, O-line needs improvement, defense needs talent infusion for defensive coach.
Coaching Hot Seat
Jim Harbaugh: SF looks like a playoff team amidst ongoing controversy, they will go separate ways but I think they reach postseason.
Jason Garrett: Hot start to the year came against struggling teams at the right time, they’ve been exposed and might have another cold winter, expectations have lowered and playoff appearance could keep him around.
Bears Marc Trestman: Not good at play-calling, needs to adjust scheme to his talent, definitely needs to invest heavilty on defense is still around.
Panthers Ron Rivera: Didn’t think he deserved Coach of the Year in 2013, defense back to what it was before last season, not involved enough on offense to make appropriate changes.
Raiders Tony Sparano: Writing is on the wall, he is following Dennis Allen out the door, the favorite to replace him is SF coach Jim Harbaugh and understandably so.
Coaches in first year with team:
Lions Jim Caldwell: Safe, has brought discipline and a level head, not a motivator, OC Joe Lombardi needs better play-calling
Vikings Mike Zimmer: Safe, fiery coach that has improved the defense, they’ve played better than most think, lost Adrian Peterson, rookie QB, needs another offseason to boost the offense for OC Norv Turner.
Redskins Jay Gruden: Safe, has done great with quarterback situation, needs help along O-line, defense injruy riddled, needs offseason to invest on that side of the ball
Buccaneers Lovie Smith: Safe, team playing tougher in second half, defense containing passing attacks despite injuries to Alterraun Verner and Lavonte David, O-line needs improvement
Titans Ken Whisenhunt: Safe, has a full team project, they have moments where they are good at one thing, needs offseason to find right players to add on both sides of the ball
Coordinators that could be ousted:
Steelers OC Todd Haley: Always a question mark to begin with, looks like offense does better when Ben Roethlisberger is calling the shots in no-huddle, lacks creativity
Panthers OC Mike Shula: Maybe lacking some talent, can’t see that Jonathan Stewart is more productive than Deangelo Williams, or that Philly Brown is a versatile playmaker for them, expects Cam Newton to do it all
Saints DC Rob Ryan: Issues with HC Sean Payton, defense improved in his first season with team in 2013, taken step back in 2014
Bears DC Mel Tucker: Also lacking talent, Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs hurt, but has done nothing to slow above average offenses down in his 2 seasons as DC