Five potential coaches on the hot seat 

November, 7, 2012

Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag on Wednesdays during the NFL season. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: Adam, with Jerry Jones announcing that he will never step down as GM of the Dallas Cowboys, is there any hope that the Cowboys can be real contenders instead of a huge disappointment year after year? And if Jason Garrett is fired at season's end, who are some potential replacements other than Sean Payton?

-- Jon (New York)

A: First part is easier to answer than the second, Jon. Jones, for better or worse, isn't going anywhere. He makes the Cowboys very interesting even if he hasn't made them particularly competitive in recent seasons. It's hard to imagine he ever will give up control or step aside, not when he talks about "watching film" the way he has recently. If Garrett goes, the Cowboys would have a chance to lure Payton to Dallas. But if they don't get Payton, the good side of Jones would surface again: He would not be satisfied until he had the best coach possible, whoever that is. He would stop at nothing to bring a big name with big credentials to Dallas.

Q: Who are the five coaches on the hottest seat right now? Doesn't Romeo Crennel have to lead that list?

-- Nick (Michigan)