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Fans and media have speculated about Reid’s potential replacement and the nature of his departure for months. The only question here is whether Reid steps down or is fired.

But Lurie and Reid are closer than a typical owner-coach relationship. Reid also is due to make about $6 million in 2013. So, it’s not entirely unreasonable to think Lurie could let him finish his contract, especially if the Eagles win the final three games.

Lurie could cite several reasons, including turmoil and injuries. Reid fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo in October and defensive-line coach Jim Washburn last week. Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson _ the team’s top three offensive players _ have missed a total of eight games. The offensive line was decimated by injuries.

There’s also the rookie quarterback factor. Foles has shown signs of being a long-term answer. Reid was hired by the Eagles largely due to the role he played in developing Brett Favre when he was an assistant in Green Bay. Donovan McNabb had an outstanding career under Reid in Philadelphia. Perhaps Lurie would want to keep Foles in proven hands.

All that said, the city might riot if Lurie doesn’t part ways with Reid.

There wouldn’t be upheaval in San Diego if Turner stays. But that’s unlikely. The Chargers are headed toward a third straight year out of the playoffs, and are one loss away from their first losing season since 2003.

Chargers president Dean Spanos is expected to fire Turner and general manager A.J. Smith shortly after this dismal season ends. Reid, by the way, has been mentioned as a potential successor.

In Carolina, Rivera is coaching like a guy who expects to return. He’s playing younger guys and preparing them for the future whether he’s part of it or not.

The Panthers fired GM Marty Hurney after a 1-5 start. At that time, Rivera said he was told by owner Jerry Richardson the team needs to be “trending upward” the rest of the season. The Panthers are 3-4 since, including the impressive win over the Falcons.

Richardson hasn’t talked about his plans. He does have to hire a new GM, who likely would want to bring in his own coach.

“The disappointing thing is that’s what we can be,” Rivera said after the win over the Falcons. “We know that. Based on what we did, how we did it and who we did it with, that’s the disappointing thing. … We’ve found balance, we have. Unfortunately, we didn’t do it sooner.”

Shurmur could make the best argument to keep his job. The Browns are 5-3 after an 0-5 start and they have a roster filled with young players. Cleveland’s rookies have combined to make 72 starts _ a league high.

“That’s good for the future because we’re finally starting to find how to win football games with these young players,” Shurmur said.

Whether that future includes Shurmur remains to be seen.

New owner Jimmy Haslam and new CEO Joe Banner may want to hand-pick their own coach to run the franchise. But if the Browns win out and finish the season on a six-game winning streak, firing Shurmur would be hard to justify.

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