Matt Rhule/Carolina Panthers- Replaced by Steve Wilks (Defensive Assistant)
Firings This Season
NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat
Kliff Kingsbury/Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals lose two in a row now with Kingsbury firmly on the hot seat. Seattle defeats Arizona 19-9 at Lumen Field in Seattle. Arizona has yet to score over 30 points yet this season. Quarterback Kyler Murray seems to be regressing and not getting his full potential on the field. Kingsbury was touted as this “offensive/quarterback guru.” It appears that Marquise Brown will be out for significant time with a foot injury. Arizona started their 3rd string RB last week as well in Eno Benjamin. The injuries have piled up this season. Cardinals have made a trade for disgruntled Panthers WR Robbie Anderson to soften the blow of the Brown injury. Both Kingsbury and Murray have signed extensions, but we all know how head coach extensions have worked as of late. Cardinals play on Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints in a must win game.
Frank Reich/Indianapolis Colts
Reich and staff finally win a division game this season with a win over Jacksonville 34-27 to move their record to 3-2-1 on the season. Reich looked like he was assured the same fate of Panthers HC Matt Rhule. Lot of credit to the Colts coaching staff this week on a mini bye coming back and showing some progress from the slow start. The final game winning play call was a “go win the game” call and it was masterfully executed. If Reich and staff can win next week in Tennessee, they will be in first place in the division and Frank might just get his name off this list.
Ron Rivera/Washington Commanders
Commanders get an ugly win on Thursday night over Chicago 12-7. Neither team looked very good but getting a win on the road on a short week is worth celebrating. Unfortunately, it appears that Carson Wentz has broken his ring finger on his throwing hand and may miss some time. The one way a coach can save his job is to have a new young quarterback show some potential. Might be Sam Howell time in Washington or Rivera might be done as an NFL head coach for good.
Nathaniel Hackett/Denver Broncos
Broncos lose in primetime (again) to the LA Chargers by the final of 19-16 in overtime. Neither side looked great offensively, but Hackett just looks lost. I know its his first HC job but to completely leave Melvin Gordon on the sideline for the second half was puzzling. While most NFL Head Coaches rarely get fired after one season but keep this in mind. The Broncos were just purchased by the Walton family, and they have no loyalty to anyone except Russell Wilson at this point. If Hackett can’t figure this out, the owners could step in to overrule management on his job status.
John Harbaugh/Baltimore Ravens
I know, I know Owner Steve Bisciotti wouldn’t fire dream of firing Harbaugh. But hear me out on this one. Ravens lost their third game of the season, and in all three losses they led and lost the lead. Harbaugh was just signed to a 3-year contract extension through the 2025 season, but he is now 3-3 on the season with a very solid team and Lamar Jackson in a contract year. Ravens arguably have a top 5 quarterback on the roster and Bisciotti considered firing John Harbaugh after the 2018 season when the Ravens went 22-26 from 2015-2018. After an 8-9 campaign last season, this is one name to keep an eye on going forward.
John Harbaugh gets honest about terrible Ravens collapses https://t.co/lamCvcT0Tl pic.twitter.com/cshoPTIe6H
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) October 17, 2022
Seats That Are Staying Warm
Dan Campbell/Detroit Lions, Josh McDaniels/Las Vegas Raiders, Mike McCarthy/Dallas Cowboys, Kevin Stefanski/Cleveland Browns