2018 NFL Head Coaches – Who Will Go And Who Will Stay?
It took Hue Jackson a 3-36-1 an overall record as a head coach and an internal scuffle with offensive coordinator Todd Haley to get fired by the Cleveland Browns. Let’s give Jackson some credit. He hung in there. More than many thought he would. Or perhaps the credit goes to the Browns; they did try to make this work, even if the rest of the world knew it wouldn’t. Entering the season with a 1-31 record didn’t help Hue’s credit. The Browns kept him by saying but his roster was weak. In 2018, they gave him enough tools. There was no excuse. He had to show a significant improvement. The Browns didn’t. They were better. But not a good deal better.
Odds on which NFL coach will be fired first in 2018?
- Dirk Koetter (Buccaneers) +250
- Vance Joseph (Broncos) +650
- Adam Gase (Dolphins) +750
- Marvin Lewis (Bengals) +1600
- Todd Bowles (Jets) +1600
- Bill O’Brien (Texans) +2000
- Jay Gruden (Redskins) +2800
- Frank Reich (Colts) +3300
- Jason Garrett (Cowboys) +3300
- Jon Gruden (Raiders) +3300
- Mike Vrabel (Titans) +3300
The remaining NFL coaches on the hot seat in 2018
Dirk Koetter – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dirk Koetter – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kotter is a dead man walking in Tampa Bay. His seat is not hot, it is bursting into flames. Kotter already fired his defensive coordinator Mike Smith in a classic move from a head coach trying to save his job. Then WR DeSean Jackson requested a trade if QB Jameis Winston stayed as a starter. Dirk Kotter went from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Winston, to Fitzpatrick again. Winston doomed Kotter by throwing 10 interceptions in the last four games of the season. Kotter will start Ryan Fitzpatrick in week 9. He’s begging the veteran to get hot and saves his job. We all know how this ends.
Vance Joseph – Denver Broncos
Vance Joseph – Denver Broncos: Reports suggested head coach Vance Joseph begged John Elway to keep his job during the last offseason. Elway agreed with the condition that there should be a substantial improvement. It hasn’t happened. Joseph was +650 to be the first head coach fired entering the season. The Broncos won the first two games of the just to cough five of their last six. Denver doesn’t do anything particularly well. At one point they had one of the scariest defenses in the NFL.
It wasn’t that long ago they won Super Bowl 50. With Vance as the leader, the team has failed to meet expectations over the last two seasons. The Broncos will go against the Houston Texans, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Those are all teams with winning records. If Denver doesn’t come up with a couple of wins during that stretch, I can’t see Vance Joseph getting into Christmas with a job.
Todd Bowles – NY Jets
Todd Bowles – NY Jets: head coach Todd Bowles did just enough to keep his job during the first three years with the Jets. The justification was he didn’t have a quarterback. He does have one now, but it’s a rookie, and that’s the new excuse. The Jets had seven pre-snaps penalties during the week 8 loss to the Chicago Bears. That’s flat-out embarrassing and a sign of a poorly coached team.
But the most frustrating thing for New York fans is that he is allegedly a defensive minded coach. The Jets ranked 28th in total defense this season and were 25th during 2017. Bowles was a long shot to become the first coach fired at +1600, but the Jets fans are running out of patience. He just doesn’t have enough credit to earn a fifth year in New York.