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Top 5 Coaching Hot Seats In 2020

Discussion in 'NFL Discussions' started by PackerfaninCarolina, May 20, 2020.

  1. PackerfaninCarolina

    PackerfaninCarolina Cheesehead

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    Well, some of the popular names on the NFL fan firing squad list are no longer there in 2020 (aka Jason Garrett), but there are coaches coming into this year who need to win and win now to save their jobs. There are a few others who may not be out but may not be far behind.

    1. Hottest seat belongs to Matt Patricia in Detroit

    In 2 years only 9 total wins, the same amount his predecessor had the year he was fired. Patricia may have been let off the hook because of injuries last year, but that won't fly this year. 9 wins minimum will be expected of him this year to avoid getting fired.

    2. Most likely Doug Marrone in Jacksonville. The Jags have given him one more chance, but he will have to make good on that. He has an uphill battle going against division rivals Houston and Tennessee.

    3. Dan Quinn in Atlanta: another surprise coach who kept his job when it seemed all but a foregone conclusion he was gone at the end of 2019. No doubt going 6-2 and 4-0 to end the season along with a win in San Francisco saved his job despite only going 7-9. It won't this season, and he's going to have to prove that the improvement Atlanta's defense showed in the second half was not an illusion. Expectations are that Quinn make the playoffs this year.

    4. Adam Gase in New York (Jets): May have ended up exceeding expectations last year after what happened with Darnold and everything that looked like it would lead to a 2-14 season. However, Gase cannot afford to go on the same trajectory he did in Miami, which means if the Jets record does not improve this year, especially when the Patriots are going to be bad, he could and should be fired.

    5. Kliff Kingsbury: The Cardinals were criticized for hiring him last year, and though there were some better showings in 2019 than the awful mess in 2018, there's still a lot of work to be done. Kingsbury will probably need at least an 8-8 season to stick around in 2021.

    Close behind but probably won't be fired:

    Zac Taylor so far has looked inept at his job in Cincinnati. With the Bengals having moved on from Dalton and now giving him the top rated rookie in Joe Burrow, they're definitely going to want to see his ability to turn QBs into magic which he was hired for out of the Rams staff. Another dismal season might get him fired, but this is Cincy where the owners have tolerated incompetence for a long time.

    Anthony Linn in LA may also have a make or break season. The Chargers were probably right to keep him while moving on from Rivers and Gordon, but he'll have to make good on his clean slate.

    Brian Flores in Miami was given a blank check for last year as he should have been with the massive earthquake and all the upheaval following him into Miami. While the rebuild project may be at least a 3-year one, it is fair to wonder if winning 5 games last year, a little more than what was expected at the beginning of the year may have left him with a little less room for error this year. One would assume he won't be fired at the end of this year, but Miami is anything but predictable.

    Two other names that are very unlikely to be fired but could certainly come under high criticism if they have disappointing seasons are Vic Fangio and Mike Tomlin. The Broncos will probably try to be generous to Fangio, but ever since Mike Shannahan left at the end of 2008, three of the last four Denver head coaches were gone after two years, and the other only lasted four years.

    Tomlin probably won't be fired either because the Steelers have not fired a single head coach in over 50 years, the only franchise to hold such a record. Tomlin however, has never missed the playoffs for more than two years in a row, so it is a fair question to wonder whether a third year in a row of such an occurrence would trigger a change from management. His predecessor Bill Cowher did miss the playoffs for three years in a row from 1998 to 2000 though, so Tomlin may be able to survive even that unless the Steelers have a disastrous season.
     
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    I think the Steelers bounce back. Tomlin IS a good coach and they weathered some tough stuff and were still in the mix until the end.
     
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    I've heard a lot about Nagy being in a make or break season from the media might be another name to add to the list.


    And two guy's who though likely won't be fired are certain to receive a lot of criticism if they don't have stellar season are Bill O' Brien and John Gruden, with Guruden's contract and BOB's questionable decisions making neither is likely to be receiving much slack from fans this year if their teams don't play really well this season.
     
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    Well, if Nagy's win total slid down another 3 games to like 6-10 or something, or if the Foles signing proves to be bad, maybe. But I just don't have a feeling he's out yet, or at least nowhere near the hot water Patricia is in Detroit.

    Gruden, well he did say he would gracefully bow out himself if he failed, so I guess we'll see how true to his word he is. But if he is terminated against his will, Mark Davis would have to pay him the rest of the hundred mil to do nothing, which I don't think he would want to do that.

    I'm not really a fan of O'Brien either, but I'd say if he hasn't commited enough fireable offenses yet against the owners, it's going to take a catastrophic season to get him fired now.
     
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    I’m stunned Quinn is still in Atlanta.
     
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    I'm not saying BOB or Gruden will be fired in fact I doubt they do, but you mentioned guy's that will come under heavy fire if they don't perform and I do think both of these guys fit that bill.
     
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    Likely that win in San Francisco coupled with the 4-0 streak to end the season is the only reason he wasn't just shafted. Anything less and I'm certain he would have been. Blanc isn't usually too quick to pull the trigger either, and he probably is banking that their defense finally improved and that they ride the the momentum into this year.

    But make no mistake, Quinn is going to be on a short leash this year where any start to the season resembling last year will get him canned.

    Atlanta might be a team to beware of though because they're in the part of their 4-year cycle where they seem to always have a good team.
     
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    In the court of public opinion yes probably
     
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    I expect most of these will be given the benefit of the doubt, if there IS a full season, AND if they have at least a modicum of a training camp. A 4 week camp or less and that will be the reason used to retain them.Lack of a full off season is going to make football really bad for the first month or so when it does come back.
     
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    Well, possibly, and if this is taken into account, probably nobody gets fired before the season is up. But even in a season that's been affected by COVID-19, I would still expect owners and GMs to have certain expectations they want their coaches to meet. It is still business even with these conditions.
     

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