NFL Media columnist Michael Silver said on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the coach and general manager aren't expected to make it through unscathed.
"Unlike that scandal (the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal), where ownership stood resolutely behind Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis, Jeff Ireland, the general manager, and head coach, Joe Philbin, in league circles, are not expected to survive this," Silver said. "Jeff Ireland already has the reputation in league circles for being a guy who 'we can't believe he still has his job.' They're 4-4, but there's clearly a void here. Expect somebody to pay."
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said the NFL expects to take a hard look at hazing, with the possibility of offering legislation to spell out what is OK and what is not, according to league sources.
Rapoport pointed out that the NFL has addressed team culture for several years with initiatives aimed at fostering professionalism and proper conduct in the locker room and training facilities.
Now the league will decide if its initiatives need to become legislation.