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NFL Hot Seats: Panthers’ Matt Rhule favored to be first fired – again

Sep 18, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule looks on before the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

With the Carolina Panthers starting the 2022 season with a pair of losses, Matt Rhule has regained his favorite status as the first NFL coach likely to be fired.

Rhule topped the list over the offseason but was temporarily surpassed by Mike McCarthy after Dallas lost its season opener along with quarterback Dak Prescott to an injury.

The Cowboys rebounded with a Week 2 victory over the reigning AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals, and Prescott is on an accelerated path to returning. Meanwhile, the Panthers lost at the New York Giants last week and the offense is sputtering with new quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Rhule is now the +200 favorite at SportsBetting.ag to be the first head coach fired this season. His fate could be determined by how the Panthers’ upcoming three-game homestand goes against New Orleans, Arizona and San Francisco.

Indianapolis’ Frank Reich is feeling the heat of an 0-1-1 start after the Colts acquired veteran quarterback Matt Ryan. Reich opened the week at +350 but his odds had lengthened to +700 at the sportsbook by Thursday.

Reich was surpassed by Denver’s Nathaniel Hackett, who has the second-shortest odds at +500 despite being only two games into his tenure. The Broncos’ first-year coach opened the week as a +2000 longshot in the prop market but has come under intense scrutiny for poor clock management during an opening loss at Seattle and a come-from-behind win at home against Houston.

Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury might have received a bit of a reprieve with the Cardinals storming from behind to win in Las Vegas after a home blowout loss to Kansas City in Week 1. Kingsbury’s odds of being the first coach fired are +800.

First NFL Coach Fired/Resign Odds:
Matt Rhule, +200
Nathaniel Hackett, 500
Frank Reich, +700
Kliff Kingsbury, +800
Mike Vrabel, +1000
Josh McDaniels, +1200
Kevin Stefanski, +1200
Ron Rivera, +1400
Mike McCarthy, +1600
Arthur Smith, +2000
Pete Carroll, +2000
Lovie Smith, +3300
Dennis Allen, +4000
Dan Campbell, +4000
Robert Saleh, +4000
Zac Taylor, +4000
Mike Tomlin, +4000
John Harbaugh, +5000
Kyle Shanahan, +5000
Matt Eberflus, +6600

–Field Level Media