Trend sets that tone

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

It is possible teams will follow the Jaguars' lead and start their offseason 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 coaches before the season ended, as Brad Childress, Josh McDaniels, Wade Phillips and Mike Singletary bit the dust early.

People in the know would put the over/under at eight for coaching changes during and shortly after the season.

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.

Just a matter of time

Mike Berardino

Sun Sentinel

When the Jaguars fired Jack Del Rio this week, it sent aftershocks throughout a dozen NFL facilities.

The Jaguars haven't just put themselves out front in the race to hire a "superstar" coach such as Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden or Jeff Fisher. They have reminded other eventual eliminations from the playoff hunt that the clock is ticking.

Who will be the next coach to go? Could be Jim Caldwell of the winless Colts. Norv Turner is through with the Chargers. Andy Reid, Steve Spagnuolo, Tony Sparano, Raheem Morris, Todd Haley, Leslie Frazier — all should be renting, not buying.

Now that the Jags have acted, it's just a matter of time before another franchise joins them.

Chargers' coach next?

Athan Atsales

Los Angeles Times