After three years and a 24-33 as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, team owner Ralph Wilson finally decided to fire head coach Dick Jauron.
According to Scout.com visitors, however, two coaches with less time on the job will be the next to find themselves temporarily unemployed.
According to a poll taken by thousands of visitors to Scout.com's NFL page, the most likely coach to get fired next is the Redskins' Jim Zorn, who has watched his team stumble to a 3-6 record in one of the NFL's toughest divisions. Working for the demanding Daniel Snyder, Zorn's squad hasn't shown the progress hoped for in 2009, and risks having his first stint as head coach ended quickly. Zorn was picked as the "favorite" to be the first coach fired by nearly half of those who took the poll.
Coming in second, but with a bullet (so to speak), was Cleveland's Eric Mangini, who has seen his team's offense collapse en route to 1-8 record for the first nine games of the season. Mangini, in his first season, has not only suffered through a historically inept performance by his offense, but has also been plagued by series of embarrassments, including suggestions from players that practices were too grueling, injuries during a post-practice "opportunity time" and a slew of mostly media-fueled minor controversies.
Jauron placed third in the poll, followed by coaches whose early struggles have started to turn around in recent weeks: John Fox (Carolina), Jim Fisher (Tennessee), and Norv Turner (San Diego).
Keep an eye open for Scout's next fan poll, coming up on Tuesday!