Sometimes, wins will cure everything that is wrong with an NFL franchise. That might not be the case in Tampa Bay where the team is winning more (four games in the second half of the sesaon) but it might not be emough to save Greg Schiano's job.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might want to consider just cleaning house with its management and its coaching staff because the 0-8 start, which was preceeded by issues with players and MRSA and then the Josh Freeman situation and veterans players like Darrelle Revis who have not been happy with Schiano's coaching style. It has all been one large cluster of issues.
Thank goodness for teams like Miami, Pittsburgh and Washington that have had issues of their own that placed the firestorm on the west coast of Florida on the back burner. Names like Mike Shanahan, Jason Garrett and Rex Ryan are gaining more attention right now than the second-year head coach, but his brand of play, his attitude and his questionable judgement still makes him a moving target in the bay area.
Here are five names to keep an eye on when trying to determine who might replace Schiano in 2014.
I am going to say he will be the front runner in every open coaching position in the NFL. Smith is linked already to Houston and his brand of defense is reminiscent of Tony Dungy, one of his mentors. Look for the Buccaneers to reach out to him quickly if they make a move after the season.
The defensive coordinator has been a big part of the success in Cincinnati. When the media talks about assistants making the jump to head coach, rarely is he mentioned. But when you look at the Bengals' defense and how it has gotten better year after year, you understand why he should be considered.
I don't think he jumps ship from New Orleans where he has turned around the Saints' defense and become a cult hero. But looking at how he has taken a unit and stripped to the core and rebuilt it, that may be the reason the Buccaneers management goes after him.
He is currently the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach of the Cowboys. He coached the Oakland Raiders and spent time in college at Nebraska. His name may be a long shot, but he is partially responsbile for Tony Romo's season. If Jason Garrett is fired in Dallas, I think Callahan becomes the new puppet of Jerry Jones. If not, Callahan could get a look.
Jack Del Rio
He was supposed to be the front runner for the USC job. That went over well, didn't it. I think Del Rio, after his showing while replacing John Fox on the sideline, will get him a few interviews in the offseason. He was 68-71 as a head coach in Jacksonville and was the architect of some decent defenses the first few seasons.