Black Monday approaches. It’s the inevitable day on which multiple owners fire multiple coaches, all in the hopes of turning a bad team into a good team.
The ability of Andy Reid to transform the Chiefs from a bad team into a good team in only one season won’t make owners any more patient this year.
And so with Week 17 approaching and the flames of a firing flashing at the fannies of more than a few coaches, it’s odd that only one owner has provided the dreaded vote of confidence. Beyond Cowboys owner/G.M. Jerry Jones, no other owner has said his head coach will return in 2014.
Of course, the dreaded vote of confidence is called the dreaded vote of confidence for a reason. But for several coaches the lingering silence is becoming deafening.
For coaches with one year left on their contracts after the current season, there’s an easy way to make a convincing dreaded vote of confidence. Give the current coach an extension.
Instead, all other owners of all other coaches who are believed to be on the hot seat have fallen silent. For teams whose playoff fates already have been decided (e.g., the Jets, Giants, Vikings, and Raiders), that could be a very bad sign.
We’ll know a lot more on Monday, December 30. If not earlier. Until then, we can merely speculate about who’s on the hot seat. For this week’s organized speculation from PFT Live, click the little box thing below.