It’s not hard to see some coaching changes coming. When a team looks awful, the writing on the wall is often very easy to read that the head coach is going to take enough of the blame that they lose their job. In other cases, speculation abounds about which coaches are on the hot seat, even when a team doesn’t have a bad record. All it can take is for a team to under-produce according to an owner’s expectations more than one season in a row and a coach which had made the playoffs on a regular basis can be out the door.

As the season was coming to a close, wo of the bigger names which were floated about in regards to having their jobs in jeopardy were Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers and Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles. Both learned of their fates today.

Prior to this season, the Philadelphia Eagles had been dubbed a potential “Dream Team” of sorts given their free agent acquisitions, but after the first quarter of the regular season had passed, they were looking like a team which would struggle to reach a winning record. With their win on New Years Day, they reached the even mark at 8 wins for the season, but they failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in four years. Though it is only the fourth time in Andy Reid’s 13 year tenure in Philadelphia that he didn’t make the post season, talk centered around under-performing players and failed expectations. Also hurting Reid’s cause was that the team had failed to win a playoff game the past two post seasons, that following a loss in the NFC Championship Game just three years ago.

Announced today by Jeffrey Lurie, Andy Reid will continue as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. (ESPN)

The San Diego Chargers made the playoffs each of the first three years Norv Turner was its Head Coach, amassing a record of 32-16 over that span and winning three post season games in those seasons. The past two years, Turner lead the team to a record of 17 wins and 15 losses, missing the playoffs both seasons despite having a very prolific passing attack and the perceived quality of the AFC West division having decreased on the whole.

According to ESPN, both Norv Turner and much maligned General Manager A.J. Smith are safe this off-season, getting at least one more season to put the team back on the right track.