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NFL Predictions Week 5: Andy Reid and 3 Coaches Whose Seats Will Get Hotter

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 02: Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles waits to challenge a play against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The 49ers defeated the Eagles 24-23. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2011

There isn't a single coach in the NFL that doesn't feel pressure to win. It doesn't matter how successful you have been or how new you are to the job.

Mike McCarthy led the Packers to a Super Bowl win last year, but I guarantee that he still loses sleep after every loss.

Some coaches feel more pressure than others, of course. Some find themselves on the hot seat, in a position where they have to win games to save their job.

The following are three coaches whose seats will get much hotter after Week 5.

 

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles

Reid has really been put in an unfair situation. He has been one of the more successful head coaches of the last decade, but now he is perceived to be in hot water because a team full of high-profile acquisitions hasn't managed to put it all together this season.

But that's the way the NFL works. Getting all these new players to gel as a cohesive unit takes time, but time is something NFL teams are not allowed. It's not helping matters that quarterback Vince Young called the Eagles a "dream team" before the season. That only added to the pressure on this team.

This week, the losses will continue to pile up, as the Buffalo Bills will continue their surprising run. The team would have to continue to collapse for Reid's job to truly be in jeopardy, but things are certainly headed that way fast.

 

Todd Haley, Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11:  Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs walks along the sidelines during the second half against the Buffalo Bills on September 11, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Bills beat the Chiefs 41-
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As strange as it seems, Haley leading the Chiefs to a surprise playoff appearance last season has likely hurt Haley this season. That team got into the playoffs largely because they played the easiest schedule in the league and their division was weak.

This season, we are seeing something closer to what the Chiefs really are as a team. They aren't as bad as they have been at times this season, but they are a bad team.

This week, the Chiefs take on the Colts. Both teams are likely looking at this game as a chance to get a win. The Colts, a team that has played well the last two weeks, will get their first win of the season in front of their fans, who haven't given up on this team, even with the loss of Peyton Manning.

Haley is a fiery coach who asks a lot of his players. That approach can be motivating when the team is winning and things are going well. When a team is struggling as the Chiefs are this season, that type of message can often fall on deaf ears. If that is the case this season, Haley may be looking for work at the end of this season.

 

Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears

Smith has survived a lot as head coach of the Bears, but if the team falls short of expectations after making a deep playoff run last season, he may be on the way out.

It's not just that the team hasn't been winning as much as they were expected to, it's that they often haven't played well even when they have won. Jay Cutler has fallen back into some old habits and it took until Week 4 for the coaching staff to take the ball out of Cutler's hands and put it in Matt Forte's capable hands.

This week, the Bears will drop their game to the Detroit Lions, who look the part of a playoff team. Even if they continue to lean on Matt Forte and the running game, the Lions have what it takes to slow the Bears' offense down.

The Lions will come away with a win and Lovie Smith will be left wondering if his team will be able to live up to expectations.

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