NFL Head-Coaching Musical Chairs: Who’s Fired, Hired and Staying

The holidays are over, but it's firing-and-hiring season at the NFL.

Fired: Head coach Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts. Here, he walks off the field after the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Fired: Head coach Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts. Here, he walks off the field after the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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January may be the start of a brand new year, but it is also the worst time of year for some NFL coaches. Firing-and-hiring season in the NFL is in full swing, and ESPN has been tracking all the movement. Some coaches are on thin ice, but have managed to keep their jobs. We put together a gallery for you to keep track of who will stay and who will go.

Fired

Fired: Head coach John Fox of the Chicago Bears. In this picture, he looks on as his team takes on the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 29, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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John Fox, Chicago Bears

This was the Bears’ third consecutive last-place finish in the NFC North. General Manager Ryan Pace’s contract has been extended through 2021.

Retired

Retired: Head coach Bruce Arians of the Arizona Cardinals. In this picture, he yells on the sidelines in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2016, in Glendale, Arizona. (Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals

Arians announced his retirement. He is the winningest coach in franchise history with a 50-32-1 record.

Leave of Absence

Leave of Absence: Houston Texans General Manager Rick Smith smiles before the Texans play the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 3, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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General Manager Rick Smith, Houston Texans

O’Brien said he’s had “positive” and “productive talks” with owner Bob McNair about signing a contract extension during the offseason.

Hired

Hired: Dave Gettleman as General Manager of the New York Giants. Here, he is pictured as the general manager of the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers defeated the Steelers 10-0. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
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Dave Gettleman, New York Giants

Gettleman was hired after the Giants fired Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese in the middle of a 2-10 season. Eagles coordinator Jim Schwartz is one of the favorites for the head-coaching job.

Will stay, despite hot seat

Will stay: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets. Here, he looks on during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 30, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Todd Bowles, New York Jets

The Jets had a 5-1o record this year, but Bowles got a contract extension.

Fired

Fired: Head Coach Jim Caldwell. Here he of the Indianapolis Colts looks on from the sideline during their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2010, in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Colts 30-7. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions

Caldwell was with the Lions for four seasons. He was fired less than a year after he signed an extension.

Will stay, despite hot seat

Will stay: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals. Here, he claps after a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals

There had been reports that Lewis was going to leave after 15 years in Cincinnati, but he signed a two-year contract.

Fired

Fired: Head coach Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts. Here, he walks off the field after the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 3, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts

The Colts fired Pagano after missing the playoffs for the third straight year. He went 53-45 in six seasons in Indianapolis.

Will stay, despite hot seat

Will stay: Head coach Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns. Here, he yells to his players during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Haslam, Cleveland Browns

The Browns had a 0-16 season.

Fired 

Fired: Head coach Jack Del Rio of the Oakland Raiders. Pictured as he stands on the sideline during a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 13, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders

The Raiders fired Del Rio after their season-ending loss to the Chargers. He had been with the team for three years, and had a disappointing 6-1o record this year. Jon Gruden is expected to be the next coach.

Will stay, despite hot seat

Will stay: head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys. Here he looks on during the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2013, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Cowboys defeated the Giants 24-21. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys were one of the biggest disappointments of the 2017 season, but Garrett will be back to coach an eighth season.

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