Who’s the next NFL coach to get fired? AFC Version

With Josh McDaniels getting fired by the Broncos on Monday, The News of Sports is going to provide a rundown of the job security of all NFL head coaches.

AFC East

1. New England Patriots (10-2)

Coach: Bill Belichick

Chance he gets fired (1 being lowest 10 being highest): 1

Why: He’s 10-2! Not to mention, WHY WOULD THE PATRIOTS FIRE HIM?

2. New York Jets (9-3)

Coach: Rex Ryan

Firing Rating: 1

Why: Since he’s taken over the head coaching job, he’s done nothing but good things for this team.

3. Miami Dolphins: 6-6

Coach: Tony Sparano

Firing Rating: 4

Why: Sparano’s creeping up on the Firing Rating, but then again, what could be expected of the Dolphins in this division?

4. Buffalo Bills (2-10)

Coach: Chan Gailey

Firing Rating: 6

Why: The reason this is not higher is because this is his first season, but it’s surprising the Bills hired him in the first place, considering his disastrous outing with the Cowboys.

AFC North

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3)

Coach: Mike Tomlin

Firing Rating: 1

Why: After a gritty win over Baltimore to take over 1st place, Tomlin wasn’t, and now even more so isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

2. Baltimore Ravens (8-4)

Coach: John Harbaugh

Firing Rating: 2

Why: No reason why the Ravens should fire Harbaugh, as the Ravens are turning into serious contenders even with their loss to Pittsburgh.

3. Cleveland Browns (5-7)

Coach: Eric Mangini

Firing Rating: 3

Why: The Browns and Mike Holmgren should be presently surprised by how well they have done thus far. Part of that credit should also go to rookie Colt McCoy, who led the team to big wins, the most notable probably against the Patriots. Former Denver Bronco Peyton Hillis has done a great job as running back, proving Denver wrong for trading him.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10)

Coach: Marvin Lewis

Firing Rating: 8

Why: The Bengals go out and get Terrell Owens alongside Chad Ochocinco, making them one of the best receiving corps in the NFL. Not to mention Cedric Benson, a top-notch running back. What do they do? 2-10, good for last in the North.

AFC South

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5)

Coach: Jack Del Rio

Firing Rating: 5

Why: Raise your hand. Who saw this coming? I thought so. But then again, the AFC South hasn’t been a very good division this year overall. Del Rio has disappointed far too many seasons and unless they win the division, he’s probably out.

2. Indianapolis Colts (6-6)

Coach: Jim Caldwell

Firing Rating: 3

Why: 6-6? How? The Colts? Anyway, it’s really not Caldwell’s fault that Peyton Manning is playing awful for his standards this year. Also, they made the Super Bowl and almost won in his first season, so there’s nothing to be worried about.

3. Houston Texans (5-7)

Coach: Gary Kubiak

Firing Rating: 8

Why: With such a well rounded team on offense, with Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson, it looks like Kubiak should have spent more time with his awful defense, the worst in the league. Too late now.

4. Tennessee Titans (5-7)

Coach: Jeff Fisher

Firing Rating: 6

Why: This team might be among the biggest disappointments in the league because, unlike the Texans, they actually have a decent defense, to go along with a top 2 running back in Chris Johnson. Something’s gotta go, and it looks like it’s either Fisher or Vince Young, maybe both.

AFC West

1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-4)

Coach: Todd Haley

Firing Rating: 3

Why: No reason not to. The Chiefs are having success in a relatively easy division, and Matt Cassel is working with Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles very nicely.

2. Oakland Raiders (6-6)

Coach: Tom Cable

Firing Rating: 3

Why: Last year, it looked like Cable was out very, very soon. This year, they’re 4-0 in their division and Darren McFadden is looking like the running back he was at Arkansas. It’s too bad they let go of JaMarcus Russell so late.

3. San Diego Chargers (6-6)

Coach: Norv Turner

Firing Rating: 4

Why: His team is too good for .500, especially with one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Philip Rivers.

4. Denver Broncos

Coach: Who? Oh, yeah, some guy named Eric Studesville, the former running backs coach.

Firing Rating: N/A

Why: We’ll see this weekend, but don’t judge him until next year, if he’s coaching. Too soon to know.

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