November in the NFL brings hard-hitting matchups between speculative reports on one side and votes of confidence on the other. Things get even rougher when outright denials work their way into the fray. Sunday saw Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger strongly refuting a report suggesting he'll ask for a trade. Elsewhere, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff firmly shot down a suggestion that the team could move away from coach Mike Smith and into the market for Jon Gruden.
Too much football remains for most teams to know for certain how they'll proceed in the offseason, but Week 10 marks a good time to gauge how warm the various coaching hot seats feel around the league. Some have cooled significantly, while others are feeling warmer with each defeat, shaky decision or unfortunate injury development.
Setting aside first-year head coaches, I've put together a list of 14 others whose situations have been topical enough this season to invite questions about their futures. The online sports book Bovada provided betting odds for each man staying or going. I've ranked the 14 from least likely to return to most likely based on that information from Bovada.
Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Signed through: 2016
Record: 0-9 this season, 7-18 overall
Odds Schiano returns: 3-1 (+300)
Odds Schiano is out: 1-5 (-500)
Preseason vibe: Schiano's handling of players in general and quarterback Josh Freeman in particular raised questions about overall program direction. There was some thought that the team needed to start fast for players to buy into what Schiano was promoting.