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NFL coaches fired: We’ve already seen two NFL head coaches fired during the 2020 season and more are likely to come in the upcoming weeks. With plenty of teams sinking further in the NFL standings, it’s only a matter of time before the next NFL coach is fired.

Let’s take a look at the NFL coaches fired thus far in 2020 and examine the latest coaching rumors to determine what head coaches will be next.

Update: Nov. 23, 10:40 PM EST

NFL coaches fired: What head coaches have been fired in 2020?

Bill O’Brien, head coach and general manager

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After naming Bill O’Brien their general manager in January, leading to the baffling DeAndre Hopkins trade, the Houston Texans stumbled out to an 0-4 start to begin the 2020 NFL season. If losing their first four games by a combined 43 points wasn’t enough, an argument with J.J. Watt sealed the deal.

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The Texans stunned the NFL world by firing O’Brien on Oct. 5, moving on from their head coach and general manager. Romeo Crennel stepped in as the interim coach and the team immediately showed signs of life and played with more energy. Houston won’t have its 2021 first- or second-round picks, the result of the Laremy Tunsil trade, but Deshaun Watson should have a competent coach next season.

While Houston’s coaching search is just beginning, one candidate is already ruled to become head coach. Additionally, interim general manager Jack Easterby won’t be considered to retain the role next season. It’s great news for an organization that desperately needs a fresh start.

Dan Quinn, head coach

Dan Quinn was beloved far more by the players and organization. However, despite his stellar reputation around the NFL, Atlanta couldn’t afford to give its head coach any more time. Following a rough loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Falcons fired Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

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Since parting ways with Quinn, Atlanta is playing well under interim head coach Raheem Morris. Coming off their bye week, the Falcons will enter Week 11 with a 3-6 record. Given this team started 0-5, Morris is making quite the impression on players, fans and the organization.

In fact, he’s drawing real consideration in the coaching search. Additionally, the Falcons will begin conducting interviews to find their next general manager. While the process is still in its early stages, one strong candidate is already emerging. If he is fired, the Falcons could make NFL history.

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Surprisingly, we haven’t seen any more NFL coaches fired since Week 5. Despite plenty of teams having bye weeks, often the time when transitions are made, plenty of organizations are sticking by the coaches that have largely led them to failure. However, based on the latest rumors, the NFL hot seat sill soon lead to firings.

New York Jets rumors: Will Adam Gase be fired?

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The New York Jets have a great shot at history in 2020. Sitting at 0-9, New York stands a great chance of becoming just the second 0-16 team in NFL history. It’s a credit to head coach Adam Gase, who remains employed to the shock of many NFL fans.

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Despite growing calls for Gase to join the list of NFL coaches fired. Yet, heading into November, New York’s ownership didn’t want to fire Gase. However, that is expected to change when the season ends. The Jets are seemingly tanking for Trevor Lawrence and Gase is better than anyone at coaching this team to losses. Don’t be surprised on Black Monday, the day after the NFL regular season ends, when Gase is fired immediately.

NFL head coaching rumors: Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone likely gone?

Coming off a 6-10 season, the Jaguars ignored the fans’ wishes and stuck by Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell. It wasn’t a popular decision, but the organization hoped things would improve with Tom Coughlin out of the picture. Sitting at 1-8, that hasn’t happened.


According to Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, many around the NFL expect Marrone to be fired at the end of the season. The 56-year-old head coach held a 15-17 record in two seasons with the Buffalo Bills and is 23-36 midway through his fifth season in Jacksonville. After three consecutive years of fewer than seven wins, the Jaguars seem ready to move on.

NFL hot seat coaches: Matt Nagy’s job in jeopardy?

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Matt Nagy was already on the hot seat coming into the 2020 season. When the Chicago Bears roared out to a 5-1 record and sat atop the NFC North, he was no longer in danger of being one of the NFL coaches fired. But, just as quickly as Chicago started hot, this team has cooled off considerably.

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The Bears have lost four consecutive games entering their Week 11 bye. Not only that, their most recent defeat saw Kirk Cousins win on Monday Night Football for the first time in 10 tries. Hired for his offensive mind, Nagy turned over the play-calling duties before Week 10 and nothing changed for one of the league’s worst offenses.

Unsurprisingly, per Tony Pauline, it will reportedly take a stunning turnaround for Nagy to save his job. Chicago faces the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football in Week 12 and will draw rematches against the Vikings and Packers later in the year. Given there are no signs of life from this offense, it’s safe to say Nagy will be fired when the NFL season ends.

NFL coaches fired: Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia needs a miracle to return in 2021?

Matt Patricia already came dangerously close to being fired in 2020. Sitting at 1-3, Detroit’s new ownership seemed willing to make a move. Fortunately for Patricia, his team won the next two games and improved to a .500 record. The defensive-minded coach’s job was saved, but it seemingly won’t be for long. According to Pro Football Network, Patricia would need a miraculous rebound from his team in the remainder of the season to have a shot at staying.

A disciple of Bill Belichick, Lions’ general manager Bob Quinn hired Patricia in 2017. Quinn hoped his friend would turn the team into Patriots 2.0, establishing a strict culture and it would lead to wins. The exact opposite has happened.

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Following consecutive 9-7 seasons (2016-’17) and a 36-28 record under Jim Caldwell, the Lions haven’t come close to even that level of success with Patricia. Yet, Detroit’s head coach has made himself out to be the victim. Deflecting blame and creating an atmosphere no one wants to be in, he isn’t respected in the building. Players celebrating at the end of the 2019 season when they could get away from him and ex-players have called out Patricia’s arrogance.

The Lions were humiliated in Week 11, getting shutout by the Carolina Panthers. Detroit can’t even use the excuse of not having Kenny Golladay and D’Andre Swift, Carolina scored 20 points with a backup quarterback and running back. If the Lions lose to the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving Day, don’t be surprised if Patricia is fired shortly after.

NFL hot seat: Will the Philadelphia Eagles fire Doug Pederson?

The NFC East is begging the Eagles to win the division, gifting them a playoff spot. For now, Philadelphia is still clinging to the divisional crown and a home playoff game. When you watch this team play, it’s evident that it won’t be the case for much longer.

Carson Wentz leads the NFL in interceptions (14) and has been sacked a league-high 40 times. While the offensive line plays a role in that, sacks are more often a reflection of the quarterback. Yet, despite the likes of Daniel Jones (78.2), Dwayne Haskins (80.3) and Nick Foles (81.0) having a higher quarterback rating than Wentz (73.3), Pederson won’t make a change.

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This doesn’t all fall on Pederson’s shoulders. NFL.com’s Michael Silver reported last week that the organization is weighing all options. There’s also a belief Pederson’s coaching staff is overcrowded and he’s listening to far too many voices.

Pederson doesn’t want to bench Wentz, who is locked into a massive contract. If he’s not willing to give Jalen Hurts a look, he’s not just in danger of losing the locker room. Choosing loyalty to Wentz over the team’s best interests will lead to a four-win season and Pederson’s termination.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick