This NFL season has provided fans with an immense amount of parity throughout the league. Several teams that have floundered in previous seasons are beginning to turn their franchises around, while other organizations have begun to struggle.
The Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Diego Chargers were all viewed as possible playoff teams before the season began. But 10 weeks into the 2012 season all of the organizations have a record below .500 and possible coaching changes may be in the works. Here are some of the more likely candidates.
Jason Garrett – The Dallas Cowboys have an immense amount of talent on the team’s roster, but the talent has yet to equate to a winning record. The Cowboys have looked unprepared and undisciplined at times this season, which has contributed to several losses. A consistent lack of hustle, questionable coaching decisions, and a few bad breaks have the Cowboys sitting in second place in the NFC East with a 4-5 record. If the Cowboys fail to make the playoffs this year then head coach, Jason Garrett, may find himself looking for a new coaching position.
Possible replacements: It’s recently been reported that Mike Holmgren may have an interest in the Dallas Cowboys head coaching position. Sean Payton has also been named as a possible candidate for the job, provided the Cowboys are able to lure him away from New Orleans before the Saints resign him.
Andy Reid – The Philadelphia Eagles are the NFL’s biggest disappointment this year. A star-studded roster provided Eagles fans with hope that this was their year. But Philly currently boasts a 3-6 record, their star quarterback, Mike Vick, was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a concussion, and the Philadelphia press has already began speculating who will replace Andy Reid next season. Owner Jeffry Lurie made it known in the offseason that the team would need to show substantial improvement from the previous season if Andy Reid hoped to continue coaching the organization. With such a dismal record, it appears that nothing short of a miracle will save Reid’s job.
Possible replacements: The Eagles may look at Jon Gruden as a possible replacement. There are recent rumors that Gruden has been gauging the interest of possible coaching assistants. Another possible candidate is Chip Kelly, the head coach for the Oregon Ducks. Kelly has had tremendous success as the college level and runs a very productive offense that would be entertaining to see in the Philadelphia.
Norv Turner – The San Diego Chargers are 4-5 this season and have yet to beat a team with a winning record, although a lack of offensive weapons could be a major contributor to the team’s woes. In recent years the Chargers have lost Vincent Jackson, Mike Tolbert, and Darren Sproles, which has left the team’s offense somewhat anemic. If Turner hopes to keep his job, then he’s going to need to get his team into the playoffs.
Possible replacements: Bill Cowher is a possible candidate to replace Turner. Cowher has the demeanor and the leadership ability to take control of the locker room. But the lack of offensive firepower may make this position less appealing than others.There are several other organizations that could opt to make a coaching change at the end of the season as well. The Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cleveland Browns may all be looking for a new head coach within the near future.
Chris Hunt is a sports writer who resides in Charlotte, N.C.