You’ll probably get some leeway as a head coach if you lead your team to a Super Bowl title. But the NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” business. And if you’re not consistently racking up wins and making postseason runs on the regular, it’s only a matter of time before you’re looking for a new job. We hope some of you head coaches out there are heeding this advice.
The 2018 NFL season is still in its infancy, yet plenty of coaches are already feeling the heat. And while no one has been canned yet, if things keep going as they’re going and the losses continue to pile up, that’s going to change real soon. According to Vegas odds, one of these head coaches is likely to be the first one fired in 2018.
Dirk Koetter (+1000)
There’s no question that Dirk Koetter was on the hot seat before the start of the 2018 season. However, behind Ryan Fitzpatrick’s magic, the Bucs have put up 37.5 points per game (second of 32) and sporting a 2-0 record. Tampa Bay’s offense will have to come back down to earth at some point. Yet, if the team can continue to win, perhaps Koetter might live to see another day — er, season.
Steve Wilks (+1000)
Steve Wilks is only in his first season as Arizona’s head coach, but it’s safe to say things aren’t going as planned. The Cardinals are last in the NFL in scoring (just 3.0 points per game), are giving up 29.0 points per game (25th of 32), and sit at the bottom of the NFC West at 0-2. For the sake of his job, Wilks might want to think about getting the Josh Rosen era started.
Bill O’Brien (+1000)
The Houston Texans had hopes for this season. Unfortunately, the squad sits at the bottom of the AFC South (at 0-2) and appear to be trending in the wrong direction. Head coach Bill O’Brien might be one of the best football minds in the game, but if he can’t turn things around, his fifth season at the helm might be his last.
Hue Jackson (+500)
Thanks to an opening-week tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns are already guaranteed to have a better record in 2018 than they did in 2017. But that doesn’t change the fact that Hue Jackson, now in his third season on the job, still holds a putrid 1-32-1 record. The Browns are definitely an improved team. Yet, if they can’t put together a few Ws, expect Jackson to wind up on the unemployment line.
Sean McDermott (+400)
The Buffalo Bills are not very good. A fact that goes well beyond the team’s 0-2 start to the 2018 season. But, let’s not forget, Sean McDermott, in his first year on the job, led the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The odds may be stacked against him, but McDermott is in the midst of changing the culture in Buffalo. He’s not going anywhere — yet.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
Other coaches to watch:
- Vance Joseph (+1000)
- Jay Gruden (+1000)
- Todd Bowles (+1200)
- Matt Patricia (+1200)
- Mike Tomlin (+1600)
- Pete Carroll (+2000)
- Jason Garrett (+2000)
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