With all the focus on head coaches whose hot seats could soon convert to a full-blown conflagration, it’s easy to forget that a fairly large number of General Managers could be getting the boot, too.
Here’s a look at the G.M.’s who are likely to go, those who are on the bubble, and those who are safe despite plenty of turmoil in their teams.
On the endangered species list are Browns G.M. Tom Heckert, Jaguars G.M. Gene Smith, Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith, and Cardinals G.M. Rod Graves. (Already fired was Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney.)
The bubble boys include Bills G.M. Buddy Nix, Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum, and Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli. Tannenbaum may be less than on the bubble, but it’s believed he wouldn’t be fired but reassigned, if/when a change is made. Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew arguably is on the bubble as to whether, well, he’s on the bubble.
General Managers who are believed to be safe despite the turmoil in their current franchises include Titans G.M. Ruston Webster and Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman, who received a multi-year extension in June.