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Packers becoming known as coach-killers

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Brad Childress one day after the Packers crushed their border rivals 31-3 at the Metrodome. Two weeks ago the Dallas Cowboys fired coach Wade Phillips one day after the Packers hammered them 45-7 at Lambeau Field. The Packers are fast becoming known as head coach killers around the NFL. Perhaps that should make some future opponents nervous. The site of the red-hot Packers on the schedule might not be good news for some head coaches. Let's take a look at the remainder of the Packers' game and assess the job security of various head coaches: *Atlanta. Mike Smith is on solid ground. His team has the best record (8-2) in the NFL, so even if the Packers would somehow thrash the Falcons at home, Smith isn't going anywhere. *San Francisco. Mike Singletary is on shaky ground. 49ers management had indicated Singletary will be around all season, but that's the same thing the Cowboys and Vikings officials said. If the 49ers fall to 3-9 after getting spanked by the Packers, Singletary might want to take a look over his shoulder. *Detroit. For the first time in recent weeks there have been some questions regarding the security of second-year coach Jim Schwartz, who like many head coaches before him in Detroit, is off to a rocky start. The Lions are 2-8 but playing opponents tough. Last season they were 2-14 under Schwartz. Don't look for any knee-jerk, mid-season firings in the Motor City. Losing has become a way of life for the Lions.   *New England. Bill Belichick will coach the Patriots for as long as he wants. *New York Giants. Tom Coughlin is three years removed from winning a Super Bowl title. That should give him some peace of mind. If the Giants somehow went in the tank, which isn't likely to happen, there might be some calls for his head toward the end of the season. If they continue losing, they could be 6-9 after the Packers game. Even then, it would be hard to imagine the Giants canning him. *Chicago. The Bears are  7-3, so it would appear Lovie Smith's job is safe. However, the Bears have a tough schedule down the stretch. If they don't make the playoffs, it's not out of the question to think the Bears might fire him following the regular-season finale against the Packers.

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