We are only through the first five weeks of the 2020 NFL season. Two head coaches have already been fired. The Houston Texans shockingly moved on from Bill O’Brien after an 0-4 start. Then, this past Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons fired longtime head coach Dan Quinn after an 0-5 start to the campaign.
There seems to be a theme here. NFL teams are not being anywhere near as patient with their coaches during what has already been an odd 2020 NFL campaign. It could very well lead to other head coaches being fired here in the not-so-distant future. Let’s look at the top candidates to be shown the door next.
It really is time for the Jets to fire Adam Gase
Exactly what value does Gase provide to the Jets’ organization right now? We already know that a spat with Jamal Adams led directly to the All-Pro safety being traded to the Seattle Seahawks ahead of Week 1. The head coach is now overseeing a team that’s 0-5 on the season and has been outscored by north of 17 points per outing.
The backdrop here being Gase’s decision to bring Sam Darnold back in Week 4 after the franchise quarterback suffered a shoulder injury. It has cost Darnold one game thus far. Gase has lost his locker room. That’s never a good thing for a head coach. Now, he’s leading a team that could very well go 0-16. It’s now time for embattled head coach to be fired.
Would the Lions fire Matt Patricia in-season?
Speaking of being in over your head, it’s now readily apparent that Patricia is not a head coach in the NFL. Patricia now boasts a 10-25-1 record since taking over as the Lions’ head coach back in 2018. Remember, this is an organization that fired Jim Caldwell after he went 36-28 in four years as the team’s head coach.
A defensive-minded coach dating back to his time under Bill Belichick with the Patriots, Patricia has overseen a unit that’s yielded an average of 31.8 points per through four outings. This comes after Detroit ranked in the bottom seven in total defense under Patricia last year. Simply put, it’s time for the Lions to cut their losses and fire Patricia.
Joe Judge could be one-and-done with the Giants
We have not seen it too often around the NFL. Head coaches being fired after just one season. Most-recently, the Arizona Cardinals fired head coach Steve Wilks following a three-win 2018 season. Back in 2015, the San Francisco 49ers fired Jim Tomsula after a five-win campaign, only to turn around and move on from Chip Kelly following his only year as their head coach in 2016.
It’s more than possible that New York makes this same decision. It was shocking to learn that the Giants hired a former special teams coordinator to be their next head coach. Through five games, Judge seems to be in over his head. New York ranks 31st in the NFL in scoring and has been outscored by north of 10 points pre game. Daniel Jones continues to regress. While it won’t be during the 2020 season, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Giants fired Judge after 16 games.
Rumors about Doug Pederson being fired in Philadelphia
The dramatic fall from grace we’ve seen from these Eagles since their Super Bowl title back in 2017 is stunning. After consecutive seven-win seasons, Philadelphia finds itself at 1-3-1 on the campaign. Quarterback Carson Wentz has taken a major step back through five games. He is now on pace to throw 29 interceptions. Given Pederson’s MO as a quarterback whisperer, that does not show him in the best of lights.
There’s been rumors suggesting that the Eagles might fire Pederson. Despite a Week 4 win over the injury-plagued San Francisco 49ers, said rumors are not going to die down any time soon. Will the Eagles’ brass give Pederson the remainder of this year? It’s possible. However, if things continue on this downhill slide during the remainder of the NFL campaign, it would not be a surprise if the head coach were fired.