Former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, who was New England’s vice president of Player Personnel from 2002-2008, fired Crennel at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Four days later, Pioli was ousted as well. The environment in Kansas City had reportedly grown so toxic that team employees, including ex-head coach Todd Haley, believed Pioli had bugged their cellphones.
The situation doesn’t appear to be that bad in Houston, though there have been numerous reports of discontent between O’Brien and general manager Rick Smith. Most notably, the two feuded over whether to cut quarterback Ryan Mallett after he had missed a team flight in late October. The Texans released Mallett Oct. 27.
Coughlin’s future with the organization and in the league as a whole is murky at best. He’s led the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl titles, but questionable decisions have led to many of the team’s losses over the past few seasons. The Giants have been completely unable to close out games in the final quarter.
New York lost to the New England Patriots, 27-26, then to Washington by just four points, and in their last game they fell to the New York Jets in overtime. That’s an eight point differential over the past three games, all of which have been losses.
But winning the NFC East is still a possibility. New York split the season series against Dallas and Washington, and with a pivotal game against Philadelphia set up for Week 17 (the same week the Cowboys and Washington will play each other), they can split that series as well. But the remaining schedule includes very tough games against the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings.
In other words, they can’t afford to lose their Monday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins hold a 5-7 record like the Giants, but they are in fourth place in the AFC East and are also well out of the race for a wild card spot. Interim head coach Dan Campbell has led the Dolphins to a few wins since Joe Philbin was fired just four games into the season, but there isn’t much confidence in the team these days.