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Football Coaches Hot Seat Report: Firings and Smoking Rooms

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Firings This Week

Geoff Collins

Collins was relieved of his duties on Sunday evening from Georgia Tech. Upon taking the job at GT, Collins wanted Tech to be “Atlanta’s Team” he instead made it “Atlanta’s Disaster.” In his 3 plus seasons at the helm he accumulated a record of 10-28 and attempted to change the entire scheme at GT from a triple option gameplan that was instituted under legendary, and now retired Coach Paul Johnson. 

Look for the following candidates to get interest: Jackson State HC Deion Sanders, Coastal Carolina HC Jamey Chadwell, and Georgia OC Todd Monken.

4 weeks into the season and already have had 3 coaches relieved of their duties

Coaches Fired

Scott Frost/Nebraska- Replaced by Mickey Joseph (WR Coach)
Herm Edwards/Arizona State- Replaced by Shaun Aguano (RB Coach)
Geoff Collins/Georgia Tech- Interim replacement will be named on Monday Morning

Coaches On The Hot Seat

Karl Dorrell/Colorado

Another week, another blowout loss. This week to UCLA by a score of 45-17.  Can’t imagine the fanbase likes losing in this fashion. The games are not even close anymore. He failed at UCLA, and he is failing now. Dorrell may not make it mid-season if this continues.

David Shaw/Stanford

At the helm now for 12 seasons at Stanford, it might be time to change the direction of the program. While accruing a 94-47 record in those seasons, Shaw has only had one winning season since 2019.  Off to a 1-2 start this season with the lone victory over FCS Colgate.  Remaining schedule is brutal so they must win some games now or a change could be coming.

Pat Fitzgerald/Northwestern

Tough start to the year in Evanston. After an opening win against lowly Nebraska, they have lost 3 straight, at home, and 2 of them to “paid opponents” in SIU and Miami (OH).  Not seeing much progress overall in the program as the trajectory is on the downtrend.  Will need a bowl game appearance to save the season.

Ken Niumatalolo/Navy

After two unacceptable losses to open the season, Navy got there first win of the season beating a pesky East Carolina team in double OT 23-20. Big game with archrival Air Force on the schedule this coming week. This will be the first leg of the Commander in Chiefs Trophy. A win over your rival always takes the heat off.

Jeff Hafley/Boston College

After two consecutive mediocre 6-win seasons, the expectations were bumped up this season for Hafley. He is not delivering so far. 1-3 start with the only win against Maine.  In the 3 losses, BC has been outscored 45-93.  3 tough weeks ahead with notable games will shape the direction of their season.

Seats That Are Warming Up Or Staying Warm

Bryan Harsin/Auburn, Jeff Brohm/Purdue, Scott Satterfield/Louisville, Neal Brown/West Virginia, Jeff Scott/South Florida

NFL Coaches Hot Seat Report

No firings in the National Football League…Yet

Josh McDaniels/Las Vegas Raiders

When you are the only winless team left in the NFL, your name is automatically placed on this list. The room is filling with smoke in Vegas as reports this morning state that owner Mark Davis had a closed-door meeting with McDaniels after this week’s loss to Tennessee. The schedule isn’t getting any easier with Denver and Kansas City coming. For a team that traded to get instant help with Davante Adams and Chandler Jones, they need to get back to their contending ways from last season. 

Matt Rhule/Carolina Panthers

Good first win for Mark Rhule and staff this weekend against New Orleans. Defense really showed up this week and only allowed 14 points. The college coach turned NFL coach is now 11-25 in his third year at the helm. New owner, David Tepper, has given a vote of confidence so far and will preach patience. I believe Rhule will have college interest throughout the season as well.

Mike McCarthy/Dallas Cowboys

This is very simple. If Sean Payton is available to coach, in any capacity, McCarthy will be on the hot seat in Dallas. It’s Super Bowl or bust for Dallas, even with Dak Prescott on the sidelines (again) with an injury. Good start to the season for Dallas, but they must keep the momentum going against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.

Ron Rivera/Washington Commanders

Listen, anyone who takes a chance on Colts reject Carson Wentz as their starting quarterback, needs to be on this list. And after the performance of Wentz this weekend against Philadelphia, its hard to argue the point. 211 total passing yards and 9 sacks won’t cut it. Ron and Washington management have put their confidence in a shaky starting quarterback and their reputation along with it.

Frank Reich/Indianapolis Colts

While the Colts got a season changing win against Kansas City, don’t think this puts Reich off the hosee,t seat just yet. The offense and protection issues are still noticeable and will need attention. Colts have 3 division games in the next 4 weeks. String together some wins to take control of the AFC South and then Reich can be taken off this list.

Seats That Are Warming Up

Pete Carroll/Seattle Seahawks, Kliff Kingsbury/Arizona Cardinals, Dennis Allen/New Orleans

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