Jack Del Rio was the first NFL head coaching casualty of the season, fired Tuesday by the Jacksonville Jaguars. But will he be the last?
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss the topic. Check back throughout the day for more responses and join the discussion by leaving a comment of your own.
Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune
It is possible, maybe even probable, that other teams will follow the lead of the Jaguars and start their off-season housecleaning during the season. It used to be that NFL teams waited until the season ended to do their dirty work.
But it seems a trend has begun. Last year four teams fired their head coaches before the season ended, as Brad Childress, Josh McDaniels, Wade Phillips and Mike Singletary bit the dust early.
Making an early firing is a way to get a leg up on the competition in the hiring game. And what seems certain is there will be plenty of change coming.
People in the know would put the over/under for coaching changes to come at eight. Among the vulnerable appear to be Jim Caldwell of the Colts, Steve Spagnuolo of the Rams, Tony Sparano of the Dolphins and Norv Turner of the Chargers.