NFL hot seat: We’re already well past the halfway point of the NFL season with Week 15 on the horizon and three head coaches fired to date. With those changes made, who is the next head coach in danger of receiving the pink slip?
New York Jets coach Adam Gase has to be the runaway favorite to be canned next, considering his team is the last winless group in the league. However, he will face plenty of competition from other coaches overseeing some of the NFL’s worst teams. So, while Gase might be next to go, surprises do happen.
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Let’s take a look at the NFL hot seat and five head coaches in danger of being fired this season.
Update: Dec. 14, 12 PM EST
NFL hot seat: When will New York Jets fire Adam Gase?
As the only team in the NFL with a zero in the win column, there is no coach more deserving of being fired. Since being hired by the Jets, Gase holds a 7-19 record. It’s been particularly bad this season, with the proclaimed “offensive guru” orchestrating an attack that ranks last in total yards and points. Even delegating play-calling duties hasn’t resulted in winning football. It also doesn’t help, as we discovered in that humiliating Week 13 loss, that Gase isn’t paying attention to defensive calls in critical moments. The Jets finally fired someone, but the head coach remains.
The calls are growing louder for Gase to be axed. He is the problem in New York, and it would seem like the organization realizes that. Alas, even with a 0-13 mark in 2020, Gase still clings to his job. Given this team is most probably tanking for Trevor Lawrence, though, maybe they let him really run this operation into the ground in epic fashion to earn the No. 1 pick. Until he is gone, Gase will be among the NFL hot seat leaders.
Joe Burrow’s injury may signal the end for Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor
Cincinnati took a chance on Taylor in 2019, hiring the Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach. The organization hoped it found the next Sean McVay. We’re now getting close to two seasons into Taylor’s tenure, and the team has a 4-24-1 record. Quite simply, the clock is ticking.
There have already been multiple issues with players calling out the coaching staff and taking extreme measures to get out. Now, young star quarterback Joe Burrow is out for the foreseeable future after blowing out his knee. Taylor is dialing up the plays, and while Burrow executed them better than anyone could’ve imagined considering the sad state of Cincinnati’s offensive line, those schemes cost Burrow and the Bengals dearly.
Taylor no longer has a franchise-caliber quarterback to cover some of the holes on this offense. Unsurprisingly, this team has looked even worse than before since its QB1 went down. On the season, Cincinnati’s offense ranks 30th in points and 29th in total yards. The Bengals could easily lose out the rest of the way. If that happens, with four wins in two seasons, Cincinnati might need to make a change.
Jaguars rumors: Will Doug Marrone survive another season?
Jacksonville stuck by Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell last offseason. Even after winning just 11 total games in the past two years, the Jaguars believed he could turn things around. Since winning in Week 1, Jacksonville hasn’t really stood a chance in games since. Is Gardner Minshew’s thumb injury actually that bad, or are the Jags sidelining him to torpedo their record and boost their standing in the 2021 NFL draft? Who knows.
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The Jaguars made their first big move, firing general manager Dave Caldwell. While most organizations would clean house, Jacksonville is reportedly giving Marrone the rest of the season. Once Week 17 wraps up, though, Marrone will likely be fired on Black Monday. From there, Jacksonville can begin its search for a general manager and head coach. Quite frankly, this should be one of the most coveted landing spots.
Dallas Cowboys rumors: Will Mike McCarthy return in 2021?
Mike McCarthy conned Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys. After telling the team during the interview that he watched every play from the 2019 season, McCarthy admitted that it was a lie during his introductory press conference. As for the self-evaluation and changes he made after being fired by the Green Bay Packers, he looks like the same coach as before.
The dysfunction in Dallas is legitimate. Players are calling out the coaching staff, highlighting some of McCarthy’s baffling in-game decisions. Injuries have played a key role in the team’s 3-8 record, but McCarthy’s laughable hiring of dinosaur defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is the bigger problem. Jones, however, is loyal. So, given how quickly he fell in love with McCarthy, it’s safe to assume this failed experiment will continue.
However, the hot seat should be scorching in Dallas heading into 2021 if the team can’t win the atrocious NFC East division. That objective will be all the more difficult after yet another McCarthy showcase of baffling decision-making in Thanksgiving Day’s 41-16 loss to the Washington Football Team. A Week 14 victory doesn’t change that a lot of changes must be made in Dallas.
NFL hot seat: Los Angeles Chargers HC Anthony Lynn in danger of being fired
It’s been a trying season for the Los Angeles Chargers. While the organization is certainly elated that Justin Herbert is surpassing even the greatest expectations, it hasn’t translated to wins consistently. With the Chargers seemingly always coming up short in crucial situations, the blame is now centered on Anthony Lynn.
Lynn did very well in his first two seasons, posting a 21-11 record. However, this team routinely struggled to make critical adjustments in the second half and was frequently outcoached in the fourth quarter. It’s been a recurring theme, especially over the past two years with a 4-16 record in one-score games.
Lynn was coaching for his job entering Week 13 with a 3-8 record. He found a way to make his seat even hotter, getting blown out 45-0 by the New England Patriots. The Chargers rebounded in Week 14, knocking off the Atlanta Falcons. With that said, it featured more baffling clock management in a crucial moment.
There aren’t any excuses that can be made for Lynn at this point. The offense crumbles in key spots, with the play-calling causing most of the problems. On top of that, this special-teams unit has 18 penalties, 10 missed kicks and allowed three touchdowns in 2020 alone. Lynn might deserve to be a head coach again one day, but he needs to learn from his mistakes and that comes after being fired.