NFL Rumors: Which Head Coaches are Feeling Their Seat Getting Warm?
There are just three weeks remaining in the 2017 NFL Regular Season. We have already seen one head coach and two general managers fired. How many more could be gone on Black Monday? Which by the way is January 2, 2018. Here are five candidates that should think about cleaning their desks out now so that the move is an easy one.
- Dirk Koetter – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs hired Koetter along the same lines as Ben McAdoo was with the New York Giants. He was never under consideration for any job previous. However, there was a good working relationship with the team. Especially, the franchise QB. Nonetheless, that did not work out well for McAdoo and Koetter will probably suffer the same fate.
- Marvin Lewis – Cincinnati Bengals
While this may not be a firing in the normal terms, Lewis and the Bengals will probably go their separate ways. Lewis is the longest-tenured head coach in the NFL. However, he has struggled in the postseason. He has also struggled over the past two seasons to put a winner on the field. Over the offseason, the Bengals blocked multiple attempts for teams to interview defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. There is a reason for that.
- John Fox – Chicago Bears
There was a point, in the middle of the season, where I thought that Fox would be safe. They had transitioned to Mitchell Trubisky and began seeing some improvements. However, as of late, they have falling back off the pace and it looks like the Bears could be open once again. John Fox may have three weeks to try to save his job.
- Jay Gruden – Washington Redskins
While I am not for the release of Jay Gruden, it could happen. Anything less than an 8-8 record could mark the end of one of the best young coaches in the NFL. It is hard to say that he did not do an openly good job with this football team. They had the third worst IR report in the NFL. When you are not putting your best product on the field, production is bound to fall. So, it would not surprise me if Dan Snyder decided on the release of Jay Gruden.
- Jack Del Rio – Oakland Raiders
The Raiders were one of the best teams in the NFL this offseason. Many had them as a contender for the AFC Championship. While that can still happen, the possibilities are slim. The Raiders are struggling to win the AFC West. This less than stellar performance could cost Del Rio his second stint as an NFL head coach.
There certainly are others that you could throw on this list. The NFL does have a few surprises come Black Monday and beyond. It will be interesting to see who is safe and who will be hearing those two words made famous by Vince McMahon “You’re Fired!”
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