Before the season started I ranked all 32 NFL coaches and their “hot seat” ranking. I updated it again in November and since then three coaches have been fired. After the jump is a new list on a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the hottest and 1 as the coolest. Each coach will have a +/- change from their November rankings so for example if someone was on the “2 of 5″ scale and increased to “4 of 5″ it will show a +2 marking. There is a “0″ for no ranking change and a -2 change noting that a coach is not really in much trouble as I’d thought.
No Heat (1 of 5)
Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints, 0) – Only an epic collapse would see them miss the playoffs. They will likely face an NFC West opponent on wild card weekend (assuming they lose the division race) so I guess they’ll be penciled in for a win on January 8th-9th.
Mike Smith (Atlanta Falcons, 0) – The Atlanta Falcons are my favorite non-Seahawks team to watch every week.
Bill Belichick (New England Patriots, 0) – Why can’t you struggle like other teams?!!!
Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers, 0) – Should get the #2 seed in the playoffs
John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens, 0) – This is the first time the Ravens have consistently been in the playoff hunt…pretty much in their history. Cam Cameron probably needs to go, though. Terrible offensive coordinator.
Jim Schwartz (Detroit Lions, -1) – A winning streak! The Lions are going places.
Todd Haley (Kansas City Chiefs, 0) – Kansas City just needs to win out and they’ll be AFC West champions. The Titans and Raiders stand in the way of an amazing turnaround.
Raheem Morris (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, -1) – They probably won’t make the playoffs but the Bucs have a very bright future under Morris and Josh Freeman.
Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks, -1) – Stay for another year, Pete. But don’t take Matt with you.
Jeff Fisher (Tennessee Titans, 0) – Fisher is immune to firings even though he should be gone.
Steve Spagnuolo (St. Louis Rams, -1) – The Rams should win the division and then get blown out in the first round. No big deal, because they will blossom into an elite team now that they actually have a franchise QB. You think Seattle should get one of those?
Cool Chair (2 of 5)
Jim Caldwell (Indianapolis Colts, 0) – Whatever. Caldwell might be the most boring coach in the NFL.
Rex Ryan (New York Jets, 0) – The Jets got a huge win against Pittsburgh to all but assure their playoff hopes will be fulfilled but this story is a lot funnier/creepier depending on how much you like fetishes.
Jack Del Rio (Jacksonville Jaguars, -2) – I was completely wrong about Del Rio and they could have a winning season. Will it end in a division title? We’ll find out soon but wow the Jags are definitely a surprise team.
Lovie Smith (Chicago Bears, -3) – So they didn’t collapse like I thought they would. Sorry about that, Lovie. Should’ve never doubted you!
Chan Gailey (Buffalo Bills, -2) – YES!!! ONE LESS TEAM LOOKING TO DRAFT ANDREW LUCK!
Lukewarm (3 of 5)
Tom Cable (Oakland Raiders, -1) – Oakland is decent and might finish at .500 but as I’ve said before, no Raiders coach is ever safe.
Andy Reid (Philadelphia Eagles, 0) – Okay his job is safe but I just like putting him here because you know he will disappoint.
Ken Whisenhunt (Arizona Cardinals, +1) – Arizona needs QB and Whisenhunt goofed. They also need a RB because Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower are ridiculously inconsistent and fumble-happy. The honeymoon will be over unless they have an NFL caliber QB on their roster and not Derek Anderson and two rookies.
Tony Sparano (Miami Dolphins, +1) – 6-1 on the road but 1-6 at home. How can anyone explain that? The honeymoon for Sparano is over and so should the Chad Henne era. Time to start improving given the talent they have on the team with Brandon Marshall, Karlos Dansby, Jake Long, etc.
Norv Turner (San Diego Chargers, -1) – The Chargers don’t control their playoff destiny even with two easy teams left on the schedule. Norv is getting what he deserves if the Chargers miss the playoffs. You gotta admit though, this team is resilient in the face of sucking for 8 games.
Burning (4 of 5)
Eric Mangini (Cleveland Browns, -1) – They’re back to being the Browns. Beat the Saints and somehow lose to Buffalo and Cincinnati. Mangini is not a Mangenius.
Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers, +1) – It’s not that I think he’s a bad coach, but his record in close games is horrible. They’ve lost 6 games by a total of 20 points and I recall in 2008 they went from 5-6 to 5-10 by losing four straight games by single digits. This will cool down as long as GB makes the playoffs.
Towering Inferno (5 of 5)
Marv Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals, 0) – This is obvious.
Mike Singletary (San Francisco 49ers, 0) – Even if they win the NFC West I think Singletary is too clueless to remain head coach. Today he’s put Troy Smith back in at QB when he should’ve never been benched. Desperate times calls for desperate measures.
Tom Coughlin (New York Giants, +3) – A loss against Green Bay really damages their playoff hopes. They have to win this weekend or else Coughlin might be gone. One too many disappointing 2nd half collapses is going to cost him his job.
Mike Shanahan (Washington Redskins, +1) – Gone. He’s lost his marbles.
Gary Kubiak (Houston Texans, +1) – No playoffs again. This is the most disappointing team in the NFL. Goodbye, Kubes.
Wade Phillips (Dallas Cowboys)
Brad Childress (Minnesota Vikings)
Josh McDaniels (Denver Broncos)
John Fox (Carolina Panthers) – Not officially fired, but he won’t have his contract re-newed by the Panthers.
We’ll revisit this at the end of wild card weekend.