NFL Head Coaching in 2012

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: December 27, 2011

Leslie Frazier

Leslie Frazier

OAKLAND,CA. (BASN)—NFL Head Coaching Turnover in 2011-2012

It is coming!!! Look out for those pink slips that will be handed out on January 2, 2012.

There are ten National Football League (NFL) coaches that should start looking over their shoulders. They should also start thinking about packing their bags for another city and another job.

There is an era of WIN NOW attitude in the NFL. As former head coach Jerry Glanville would state many times from the Atlanta Falcon sidelines in the 1990’s. NFL means “Not For Long”.

This could be a disastrous year for African-American head coaches if their teams do not win the last game of the season. Only the Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin and Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals are safe.

The Oakland Raiders Hue Jackson will be looking for help this weekend from fellow brother Romeo Crennel to advance to the AFC West Title. The Oakland Raiders must put meaning into the motto “Pride and Poise” and “Commitment to Excellence”. Discipline needs to be restored to The Black and Silver. If the Raiders lose Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, Jackson‘s job could be in jeopardy.

Lovie Smith and the Chicago Bears only needed to win two games to enter NFC playoffs. The Bears could have pick up free agent and veteran Donavan McNabb to win two games out of five. As a result The Bears will be sitting home watching the playoffs and Coach Smith could be out of a job.

Many are left scratching their heads when it comes to the complete collapse of the Indianapolis Colts. Two years ago they were 14-2! The Colts reverse their roles in 2011 without their star quarterback Payton Manning. It could mean the end of head coach Jim Caldwell with their current 2-14 record. The Colts management should be responsible for this sorry episode in Naptown. Not having a decent backup quarterback just in case Manning went down with injury. The Colts have paid the price and now Caldwell could lose his job.

Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings executive office need only to look in the mirror at their demise. It’s been a complete three year oddity in feeble football. It started with the on again off again relationship with Brett Farve. It continued with the releasing of two quarterbacks Travaris Jackson and Donavan McNabb. That was the complete undoing of the purple and gold. The team spiraled out of control the rest of the season. Frazier could be losing his job January 2nd.

The fate of Tom Coughlin (Giants) and Jason Garrett (Cowboys) will rest on the season-ending match between the New York Football Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys with the Blue Star visit the cold New Jersey Meadowlands. Both teams have underachieved the whole year and the losing coach could be getting his walking papers Jan 2nd.

The New York Jets could be parting ways with Rex Ryan because Gang Green is not responding to his leadership or lack of leadership. Throwing the football 60 times will not make a winning team. Mark Sanchez has been asked to do more than he can behind center. There is also a lack of team leadership on the field. The Jets defense has not been up to standard and opposing teams have exposed this weakness. The Green and White might be heading in a new direction after January 2nd.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Andy Reid might be parting ways January 2nd. The Eagles started out hot and lasted as long as Michael Vick stayed healthy. Vick went down in game five and the Eagles spiraled out of control losing four games in a row dropping them out of the NFC East race. The Philadelphia defense could not hold a cup of tea let alone offensive linemen. The Eagles and Vick dumped the Dallas Cowboys last week 20-7 showing signs that they were the team to be feared in the east-next season. The question remains will the Eagle management give Reid another chance?

The Chargers, Buccaneers, and Rams are just plain awful and there is no explanation.

(Names in bold lettering denotes African American coaches in limbo)

Three teams have already started the transition

Jacksonville Jaguars – interim coach Mel Tucker

Kansas City Chiefs- interim coach Romeo Crennel

Miami Dolphins- interim coach Todd Bowles

Head Coaches in danger

Chicago Bears – Lovie Smith

Dallas Cowboys- Jason Garrett

Indianapolis Colts- Jim Caldwell

Minnesota Vikings- Leslie Frazier

New York Giants – Tom Coughlin

New York Jets- Rex Ryan

Philadelphia Eagles- Andy Reid

San Diego Chargers- Norv Turner

St. Louis Rams- Steve Spagnuolo

Tampa Bay Bucs- Raheem Morris

Oakland Raiders- Hue Jackson

Football fans should tell the National Football League that we are watching the progress of diversity in the league.

The Black Football Coaches Association have their work cut out for them in 2012 if these changes occur.

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