Hub Arkush: Which NFL coaches are in trouble of being fired? By HUB ARKUSHSept. 20, 2017 CHICAGO — With just two weeks completed in the 2017 NFL season, already there are a surprising number of NFL head coaches on the bubble, including some very big names.CHICAGO — With just two weeks completed in the 2017 NFL season, already there are a surprising number of NFL head coaches on the bubble, including some very big names. Marvin Lewis is the second-longest tenured coach in the league, and right now, the Bengals' coach’s seat is probably the hottest. He is joined on the endangered list by Chicago’s John Fox, the New York Jets' Todd Bowles and Cleveland’s Hue Jackson, all of whom were in tenuous spots before getting out to 0-2 starts. Indianapolis’ Chuck Pagano, New Orleans’ Sean Payton and Houston’s Bill O’Brien can be counted among that group as well.O’Brien is the only one among them with a ’17 victory after his Texans stumbled through a 13-9 war of attrition with Lewis’ Bengals last Thursday night to get to 1-1. But the win was anything but cleansing or redemptive. It is highly unusual for NFL head coaches to be fired early in season, but it happens — Mike Shanahan was fired just four games into his second season, 1989, with the Raiders — and a few of the guys on this list were actually projected to get the axe at the end of last season but survived to get another and perhaps last chance.Lewis is clearly in the most jeopardy here and almost certainly would have been fired a year or even two ago if he worked for any owner in the league but Mike Brown. The son of the legendary Paul Brown is notoriously stubborn and even more famously cheap. Since he took over as Brown's head coach in 2003, Lewis has gone 118-105-3 (.522) in 14-plus seasons while guiding the Bengals to seven playoff appearances. Many thought Lewis would be gone last year after his club famously imploded in a wild-card game in Pittsburgh to end the '15 season, running the Bengals' playoff record under Lewis to 0-7. Lewis’ predilection for players with seemingly tortured souls, such as Vontaze Burfict and Adam “Pacman” Jones, is also thought to be a liability for him when it comes to keeping his job. Now, the Bengals have become the first team in NFL history to fail to score a touchdown in their first two home games, and rumors are buzzing around the NFL that that kind of futility will be impossible for Lewis to survive if his Bengals don’t turn things around soon.Bowles’ Jets may be the worst team in the NFL — oh heck, let’s call it like it is, they are the worst team in the NFL — but that was predictable coming into the season. How do you fire him in-season for doing what everybody expected?Like Lewis, Fox (136-121) and Payton (100-72) have both passed the magic 100-win mark as NFL head coaches, which should get them the better part of the season to turn things around, but anything less than playoff runs seem likely to cost them their jobs at the end of the year.With a first-year general manager in Chris Ballard evaluating things, and no Andrew Luck, Pagano is likely to get the benefit of the doubt for a while, and O’Brien’s defense is going to win him a few more games, so although both should fear Black Monday following the season, there is no drama on the immediate horizon.That leaves the Browns' Jackson, and this is an interesting call. He is a coaching lifer with 12 stops in college and the NFL since 1987, and he lasted just one season as the head man in Oakland in 2011. Like Bowles’ Jets, we knew the Browns would be bad, but there are rumblings now of disagreement between Jackson and Browns Executive Vice President Sashi Brown, which might spell trouble for Jackson. Lewis is the strong front runner to be the first to go, but Jackson should not be contemplating any Cleveland real estate deals the next few weeks, either.