Up in the air
Ron Rivera has struggled to win close games during his tenure and isn't a natural in game management. A four-game winning streak to end the season could save his job, but the Panthers will hire a new GM after the season.
Chances of a change: Strong.
NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported Sunday that Rivera is likely to lose his job. Multiple reports in Carolina suggest no final decision will be made Monday. Lombardi believes the next GM will decide Rivera's fate.
Jim Schwartz and GM Martin Mayhew pulled off one of the best rebuilding efforts of all time after taking over the 0-16 Lions. And then the bottom fell out for a talented roster this year.
Chances of a change: Growing
. Multiple outlets said earlier in the week that Schwartz was safe, but ESPN reported Sunday that Lions ownership is so disturbed with the team's culture, it could make a change. Schwartz is signed through 2015, but that might not matter.
Mike Mularkey was hired just last year, but his boss, GM Gene Smith, was fired Monday morning. Mularkey wasn't able to develop young quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Chances of a change: Good.
Mularkey told players in a team meeting that he's still the head coach after talking with the owner Thursday and Monday, Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer reported. But Mularkey's fate ultimately will be decided by the next GM. Mularkey will have to wait and see.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones intimated throughout the process that he hasn't even thought about changing head coaches. Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer first reported that coach Jason Garrett was safe two weeks ago. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Garrett could be asked to hire an offensive coordinator that calls plays.
New York Jets:
The Jets announced that GM Mike Tannenbaum was let go Monday morning. But they also announced Rex Ryan will stay on as coach. It's an awkward arrangement for whomever the Jets hire to run the personnel department.
The Tennessean reported Monday that coach Mike Munchak will keep his job despite a 6-10 record. Personnel executive Mike Reinfeldt is out, though.