From The Top: Coaches On The Hot Seat in 2009

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Published: March 25, 2009

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... Illustrated observed:

"I think it's a strange sight, and definitely a changing-of-the-guard sight, to come to a league meeting and not see Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Herman Edwards...Changing-of-the-guard time, folks."

Oh, but for how long, Peter? All of those guys, plus Bill Cowher, are expected to be in play for NFL jobs again in 2010; and with such a bunch of power brokers expected to be available, many franchises figure to put their current coaches on short leashes in 2009.

As the owners' meetings continue, it's a perfect time to take a look at some of the coaches who might not be there next year, the guys who are sitting in the hot seats.

1) Tom Cable, Oakland

Raider coaches are always No. 1 on the hot seat. How could they not be? There have been five of them since 2002.

Al Davis is a black-and-silver-hair-trigger pistol who fires coaches at first twitch. He has no tolerance for losing, yet tha...

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