Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia talks to side judge Dave Meslow (118) against the Chicago … [+]
December NFL football is upon us as we hit the final four weeks of the regular season.
This has been a season marred by several lackluster teams. There are early several teams officially eliminated from the playoff picture. In less than a month from now, several coaches will pay for their team’s failure.
The league’s infamous Black Monday is just four weeks from now. Several head coaches and their staffs are feeling the heat in early December. Here is a look at several coaches who are in danger of the getting fired in the next month. Of course, there is already an opening in Washington as coach Jay Gruden was fired earlier this season. Bill Callahan is finishing the season as the interim head coach. The coaches on the hot seat are presented in alphabetical order:
Jason Garrett: No one’s seat is hotter at the moment. The Cowboys, who had Super Bowl aspirations with a deep roster (check out Cowboys’ daily fantasy options here), have lost three of the last four games. Dallas owner Jerry Jones has publicly criticized Garrett and his staff in recent weeks. The strong sense is that Garrett will be fired even if the Cowboys win a weak NFC East, especially if they don’t make any noise in the playoffs. Jones want the big prize and after 10 seasons and two playoff wins, Garrett’s time is probably used. Jones, who will be going big-game hunting, will likely offer one of the best financial packages in the NFL to his new hire.
Freddie Kitchens: The Cleveland Browns’ coach may not be in major trouble, but there is no sure thing he won’t go one-and-done with the Browns. Expectations were huge in Cleveland and the Browns are just 5-7 and underachieving on offense. Cleveland would still be a desirable job, so Kitchens may not get a second year if he doesn’t finish strong.
Anthony Lynn: There are always a surprise or two every year of the firing cycle. So, a guy like Lynn or Chicago’s Matt Nagy could be on the list. Neither should get fired, but the Chargers have lost eight games of seven points or less. That might fall on the coach, especially with the team needing to create excitement as it moves into its new Los Angeles digs as the second fiddle to the Rams. A splash coaching hire could be something ownership ponders. If so, Lynn would have a new job before lunch the day he gets fired.
Doug Marrone: Marrone may not be so far off Garrett when to comes to hot seats. It looks like heads are going to roll in Jacksonville and it would be a surprise, at this point, if Marrone isn’t part of the changes.
Matt Patricia: The former New England defensive coordinator’s hot seat is warming in Detroit. The Lions are 3-8-1 this season and 9-18-1 overall under Patricia. A couple of things may be in Patricia’s favor, though. The Lions have led in every game, so they compete. Also, standout quarterback Matthew Stafford is injured. The Lions’ brass will likely think hard about this decision, but perhaps Patricia, who was considered a a strong hire in 2018, might get another year to prove he can win in the Motor City.
Dan Quinn: Quinn is another coach who seems to be sitting on an extremely warm seat. Many people around the league expected Falcons’ ownership to fire Quinn at the bye, but it never happened. The Falcons showed a little life, but they are 3-9. The Falcons haven’t been the same since blowing the Super Bowl almost three years ago to New England. Quinn is likely in his final days in Atlanta.
Ron Rivera: Rivera is another Super Bowl loser from the NFC South who is likely in trouble. The Panthers are sagging and new ownership may look to make a splash. Many coaches will have interest because of the presence of shiny toy, running back Christian McCaffrey.
Pat Shurmur: Shurmur has won just seven of 28 games in New York. There isn’t a lot of growth happening. The Giants are young, but it wouldn’t be a shock if a new coach gets a chance to rebuild the team.