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 In the Hot Seat
Kliff Kingsbury/Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals lose in the final minutes against the LA Chargers 25-24 on a go ahead two-point conversion by Justin Herbert. The Cardinals fall to 4-8 on the season and are on a two-game losing streak as we head towards the end of the season. The Kyler/Kliff saga has it another level of intensity with QB Kyler Murray calling out the head coach on what we will call “the schematic disadvantage” gameplan that Kliff prepared the team with. That’s the G-rated version of what was said in his postgame press conference. If you go back to the bye week from last season, Arizona is now 6-13 (including the postseason loss). They are also 3-7 in one possession games in that 19-game split. Cardinals have a bye this week, so if changes were made it would likely be this week.
Nathaniel Hackett/Denver Broncos
Another abysmal offensive performance for Nathaniel Hackett and the Denver Broncos losing to the lowly Carolina Panthers 23-10. Denver has lost 7 of their last 8 games and are now 3-8 on the season. This brings the Broncos Points Per Game average this season to 14.27, which makes that the worst since the 2000 Cleveland Browns at 10.1 PPG average. Not only are the players not buying into Hackett and his philosophy but there are reports (and in game video this week) that they are also not buying into Russell Wilson’s leadership abilities. As we discussed above about the QB/Head Coach relationship, it’s an imperative aspect for any team. Wilson isn’t going anywhere due to his contract that he signed in the offseason so the team needs to finish the season on high note or Hackett wont be here next season.
Josh McDaniels/Las Vegas Raiders
Things are starting to look up in the City of Sin the past two weeks. Raiders get there first win streak of the season with another OT victory. This time they defeated the Seattle Seahawks, on the road, by the final score of 40-34. Josh Jacobs had a walk off 86-yard TD in Overtime to secure the victory. This was, by far, the best win of the season for Las Vegas. Outside of the couple INTs, Derek Carr looked like his normal self again and Josh Jacobs had a career day on the ground. The other noticeable aspect of this game was the sidelines of Las Vegas. The team finally looked together as they were cheering on each other which had not seen from them much in this arduous season that they have had. Not saying that McDaniels is turning things around just yet, but there appears to be some hope brewing again in that locker room.
Dennis Allen/New Orleans Saints
Allen makes his debut on the Hot Seat list this week with a road shutout loss to San Francisco 13-0. Moving the Saints record to 4-8 on the season. As you have seen, there has been a trend with most of the coaches on the hot seat this season. That trend is the play of the quarterback and New Orleans is no exception. Allen has continued to stick with Andy Dalton at QB and not give the supposedly healthy, Jameis Winston another shot at the starting QB job. He suffered multiple injuries at the beginning of the season and the coaching staff has stuck with Andy Dalton. Now, GM Mickey Loomis is known to let coaches have longevity and the owner had a large hand in the hiring of Allen this offseason. It is likely that Allen will get more time, but this is one to keep an eye on going forward.
Seats That Are Staying Warm
Dan Campbell/Detroit Lions, Matt LeFleur/Green Bay Packers, Brandon Staley/LA Chargers, Arthur Smith/Atlanta Falcons, Kevin Stefanski/Cleveland Browns
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