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NFL head coaching changes loom all over

January 3, 2011

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Five NFL coaches have already lost their jobs, and a whole lot more could be looking for new positions in the next few days.

Start with the state of Ohio, where Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis and Cleveland’s Eric Mangini are scheduled to meet with club executives today to decide their future.

Lewis no longer is under contract and is expected to move on after the Bengals lost to the Ravens, 13-7, to finish the season 4-12.

“All I know is, officially today I’m no longer employed,” Lewis said.

Mangini meets with Browns president Mike Holmgren, who could make a change after a 5-11 season, giving Mangini a 10-22 record in his two years.

“It’s a really disappointing way to end the season,” Mangini said. “There are not many positives to talk about.”

Other coaches who could be in trouble include Miami’s Tony Sparano, Houston’s Gary Kubiak, Tennessee’s Jeff Fisher and Oakland’s Tom Cable.

Interim coaches Jason Garrett of Dallas and Leslie Frazier of Minnesota could soon get their jobs permanently.

John Fox coached his last game for the Carolina Panthers, a 31-10 loss to the Falcons, two days after it was announced he wouldn’t be back. He was the fifth coach to lose his job before the end of the season — the others were Wade Phillips (Cowboys); Brad Childress (Vikings), Josh McDaniels (Broncos); and Mike Singletary (49ers).

“It’s been a heck of a run,” Fox said. “...I would have never expected to have a nine-year run.”

There’s also been speculation Kubiak would return and fire many of his defensive assistants. The Texans lost eight of their final 10 games and had the league’s worst pass defense.

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