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Where will the axe fall first? Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This October 11, 2010, 05:07 PM EST
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Despite the fact that 49ers owner and team president Jed York predicted Monday morning that his team would still win the NFC West, you can’t help but think that at 0-5, the Niners are in a world of trouble.

But San Francisco isn’t the only team that woke up Monday morning thinking about how their season has gotten off to a miserable start. Several teams—and more specifically, several head coaches—entered the beginning of Week 6 in the NFL realizing that the sun could be setting a bit early on their 2010 seasons.

Earlier today I spoke with Dave Staley of Sportsbook.com who informed me that their website had just released odds on which NFL head coach would be the first to get fired.

Take a look and feel free to leave your prediction in the comments section below.

Wade Phillips, Dallas Cowboys: 3-1

Eric Mangini, Cleveland Browns: 5-1

John Fox, Carolina Panthers: 5-2

Chan Gailey, Buffalo Bills: 3-1

Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals: 9-2

Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions:  10-1

Tom Cable, Oakland Raiders: 5-1

Mike Singletary, San Francisco 49ers: 7-2

Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars: 8-1

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles: 10-1

If you wanted to put down some action, which coach would you pick?

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leebo
Oct 11, 2010
05:25 PM

Tough call. I think Cable is the only for sure by season's end, but I'd say Gailey has an inside track towards getting the boot if the team continues its hapless ways.

It's amazing that all these guys have jobs and Marty Schottenheimer doesn't. Let's bring back the dinosaurs!

BearMarket
Oct 11, 2010
05:53 PM

Mke Singletary should be gone, but the SF owner is as dumb as a box of rocks.

Wade Phillips - or is that Bob Newhart - should be the first to go. Talk about an underachieving bunch of millionaires.

Why isn't Norville Turner on this list?

DickChoke
Oct 11, 2010
06:05 PM

Norv Turner is a wonderful QB coach and top notch OC but that is where it stops. I've watched the Chargers piss away season after season after season because of Norv not having the team ready to play. Unfortunately we have an owner who is cashing big checks despite blackouts and playing in a dump, a GM who loves him some him more than the welfare of our team and gutless wonder Norv who can't put the boot to anyone's ass and thus has a team that is criminal in special teams and weak on D. Pathetic.

mikeinla
Oct 11, 2010
06:30 PM

Cable and Phillips are good possibilities, but not until the end of the year (or at least not until their teams are beyond playoff contention). Turner may feel the brunt if SD keeps flailing, but likewise after the end of the season. Singletary is the best bet for an early departure. I would also wager that Gailey, Mangini and Schwartz will be around around next season.

mikeinla
Oct 11, 2010
06:31 PM

Cable and Phillips are good possibilities, but not until the end of the year (or at least not until their teams are beyond playoff contention). Turner may feel the brunt if SD keeps flailing, but likewise after the end of the season. Singletary is the best bet for an early departure. I would also wager that Gailey, Mangini and Schwartz will be around around next season.

Bill Bates 40
Oct 11, 2010
07:19 PM

I can't believe Schwartz and Reid are even on this list. The only way they get fired is if they do something seriously stupid OFF the field. Otherwise, there is zero chance that either of them will get axed for the way their teams are playing. Detroit is competitive for the first time in a decade and the Eagles were expected to struggle a bit during this miniature rebuilding mode. I would even say that Gailey (just like any first year coach) stands a good chance of coming back unless they end up 0-16, in which case he'd have to go.

JimmySee
Oct 11, 2010
07:26 PM

Lovie Smith may have played himself into a contract extension -- better get it from the McCaskeys while the getting is good!

Suzie
Oct 11, 2010
08:36 PM

I think Phillips will be first. How can they fire Gailey? They can't get anyone else to come coach in Buffalo.

jaybebo
Oct 12, 2010
03:48 PM

I would be surprised if Wade goes this season. No one would coach for Jones until he gives up GM duties. I am hoping the day will come soon when Stephen becomes GM and brings in a solid HC to lead the Cowboys and provide some discipline.

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