Question of the day: Which NFL coach will be the next to be fired?
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Ken Murray, Baltimore Sun
It is a very rare year when three coaches are fired in-season, if not unprecedented. This situation may be unique to an unresolved collective bargaining situation and impending lockout. That said, coaches are already lined up waiting for the ax to fall.
The next man to take the fall could easily be John Fox in Carolina. The Panthers are atrocious and they forced Fox into a lame-duck season without reinforcements. He had no chance to win from the outset. What Carolina is left with is a quarterback-less offense that can’t score and a good defense that has been worn to dust as a result. Carolina management, if not Fox, deserves what it’s getting this season.
If Fox lasts through Week 17, he will be joined immediately in the ranks of the unemployed by San Francisco’s Mike Singletary and, in all probability, Houston’s Gary Kubiak. The Texans missed a golden opportunity for a takeover of the AFC South -- with the Colts’ crash -- and have instead spiraled toward another losing season.