Looking at the newest updates to the NFL Hot Seat Report.
Firings This Season
Matt Rhule/Carolina Panthers- Replaced by Steve Wilks (Defensive Assistant)
Frank Reich/Indianapolis Colts- Replaced by Jeff Saturday (Staff Consultant)
NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat
Kliff Kingsbury/Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals lose again this time on a neutral in Mexico City to a re-charged San Francisco 49ers by the final of 38-10. The chaos continues with Kliff Kingsbury and his staff as they fired OL Coach Sean Kugler before the game. They claim it was for “an incident” that occurred before the game, that turned into a sexual assault investigation in Mexico City.
He is warranted a little bit of leeway as Kyler Murray was out with a hamstring injury and the entire interior of the offensive line is on Injured Reserve. Zach Ertz is out for the foreseeable future and Rondale Moore was lost in the first quarter. Cardinals GM Steve Keim and ownership just signed Kingsbury to an extension so this will be one to watch for the rest of the season.
Nathaniel Hackett/Denver Broncos
Hackett and staff lost another division game against Las Vegas Raiders in overtime 22-16. Denver falls to 3-7 on the season. Before the game, Hackett announced that he would be relinquishing play calling duties to QB Klint Kubiak.
It didn’t seem to matter as the Broncos offense only amassed 16 points and 320 yards. In more positive news the defense was stellar yet again even while allowing 407 yards of total offense. As a result, Hackett continues his stay of the NFL Hot Seat.
Josh McDaniels/Las Vegas Raiders
A division win is always a good win for any team. Vegas got the win over Denver 22-16. They had to take it to overtime but a Derek Carr TD pass to Davante Adams sealed the deal for them. The team looked much better this week against Denver. Like the Cardinals, the injuries are piling up for them as well with star pass catchers Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow on IR.
There are reports of Derek Carr and Josh McDaniels being “disconnected.” Obviously, we cannot confirm this, but Mark Davis has given him a “vote of confidence” in his first season. His hands are also tied since he is still paying Jon Gruden and firing McDaniels would mean he is paying 3 HCs at one time. I doubt he wants to do that anytime soon.
Brandon Staley/Los Angeles Chargers
This is Staley’s first week on this list and it was coming. Chargers lose to Kansas City 30-27 after Mahomes worked his usual magic on the final drive of the game. Chargers move to 5-5 on the season. After a 9-8 record last season and now 5-5 it warrants questions if he is the right man for the job. In a large market with a talented QB in Justin Herbert, the leash is very short for him.
While he is usually questioned for his aggressiveness on fourth down, this time he made a questionable decision by punting on 4th and inches and put the ball back in Mahomes hands for a late TD drive. It’s a questionable decision either way but the seat is getting warmer for Staley in Los Angeles.
Kevin Stefanski/Cleveland Browns
Now, we all know they are playing Jacoby Brissett at quarterback with DeShaun Watson nearly back from his suspension. So, he needs a larger sample size for the season with Watson under center but if this scheme is what they keep going with, it may not matter. The offense has become predictable and bland with Brissett. Stefanski calls the plays so it’s on him to fix the issues here. As a result, Steefanski finds himself on the NFL Hot Seat.
They have elite skill players on both sides of the ball so for them to be 3-7 is quite puzzling. Let’s see where Stefanski takes the offense when Watson returns before Cleveland fans ponder a head coaching change.
Seats That Are Staying Warm
Dan Campbell/Detroit Lions, Matt LeFleur/Green Bay Packers, Arthur Smith/Atlanta Falcons
Which legendary NFL defense would love to resurrect?
1985 Chicago Bears
1976 Pittsburgh Steelers
2000 Baltimore Ravens
2002 Tampa Bay Bucs
1986 New York Giants
2013 Seattle Seahawks
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