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Kliff Kingsbury and The Overtime Heroics NFL Hot Seat Report

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Another week by and the NFL Hot Seat continues to grow. With two NFL head coaches already replaced, will we see a third before the end of the regular season? Meanwhile, Kliff Kingsbury’s seat is suddenly scolding hot in the desert with the Cardinals in the midsts of a disappointing season.

Firings This Season

Matt Rhule/Carolina Panthers- Replaced by Steve Wilks (Defensive Assistant)
Frank Reich/Indianapolis Colts- Replaced by Jeff Saturday (Staff Consultant)

Coaches on the NFL Hot Seat

Kliff Kingsbury/Arizona Cardinals

Arizona defeats LA Rams 27-17 on the road. Now, the Rams were without Matthew Stafford for the entire game due to a concussion and Cooper Kupp left with, what appeared to be, a serious ankle injury. The Cardinals looked better with their backup QB Colt McCoy than they did with Kyler Murray.

Felt this was the most complete game the Cardinals so far this season. They are a very different team with James Connor back from injury. Kingsbury still has the hottest seat but gets some cooling for this week.

Josh McDaniels/Las Vegas Raiders

Vegas takes a bad loss this week to Indianapolis at home 25-20. Jeff Saturday made his debut in Indy last weekend and completely out-coached McDaniels. Now, it did appear that Vegas was prepared to have Ehlinger at QB for Indianapolis and Saturday made a surprise change with bringing Matt Ryan back to the starting role.

Raiders were decimated with injuries, specifically in LB department. Owner Mark Davis came out with a “vote of confidence” on McDaniels but the regression this season should be very concerning. This was a playoff team last season under Gruden and interim Rich Bisacia and now they completely irrelevant with players complaining and wanting out.

Nathaniel Hackett/Denver Broncos

Another close loss for Hackett and staff this week with a loss to Tennessee 17-10. Broncos had the lead at halftime 10-7 but blew the lead by getting shutout in the second half. The same story continues for them. The offense struggles and the defense thrives.

They have been one dimensional on offense and cannot figure out the run game. Their committee has been ineffective and thought we would see some packages for the newly acquired Chase Edmonds, but we saw essentially nothing with him. Next two weeks are very winnable games so Hackett has a great opportunity to right the ship, salvage the season and find his way off the NFL Hot Seat list.

Dan Campbell/Detroit Lions­

Detroit has their first win streak of the season with a comeback victory over Chicago 32-31. This was a great come from behind victory for this squad. It’s a win that continues to build momentum for the season. Detroit is rebuilding for the future but Campbell’s squad has shown some life these last two weeks.

He is on a warm seat as his total record is now 6-19-1 as Detroit’s head football coach. If you want some positives, they have already matched their win total from last season so the trajectory is moving up for now at least.

Arthur Smith/Atlanta Falcons

First time for Arthur Smith on this NFL Hot Seat list but it is warranted. Losers of 3 of their last 4 games and their most recent Thursday Night Football performance began to show some regression especially with Marcus Mariota. We all know the NFL is a quarterback driven league and with the poor play of Mariota and the injuries on the offensive side of the ball, this season is not going the way fans expected.

Falcons are also still only one game out of first place but with Smith being unable to get the offense clicking, it bares the question of whether he might be on the hot seat. Smith likely needs more time to get the team where they need to be but now might be the right opportunity for them to change quarterbacks and give rookie Desmond Ridder a chance at the starting job to see what they have.

Seats That Are Staying Warm
Brandon Staley/LA Chargers, Matt LeFleur/Green Bay Packers, Kevin Stefanski/Cleveland Browns

Which legendary NFL defense would love to resurrect?

1985 Chicago Bears

1985 Chicago Bears

1976 Pittsburgh Steelers

1976 Pittsburgh Steelers

2000 Baltimore Ravens

2000 Baltimore Ravens

2002 Tampa Bay Bucs

2002 Tampa Bay Bucs

1986 New York Giants

1986 New York Giants

2013 Seattle Seahawks

2013 Seattle Seahawks

Let us know if Kliff Kingsbury in on your NFL Hot Seat in the comments below!

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