Last season saw eight Head Coaching changes in the NFL, and the season before that saw seven changes. So that poises the question: which coaches are on the hot seat for the 2019 season?
- Sean McDermott – Buffalo Bills: McDermott has been with the Bills for two seasons and made the playoffs in his first season, and last season, he led the Bills to a 6-10 season. Now in year two for QB Josh Allen, the Bills must show signs of growth to ensure that McDermott will return.
- Freddie Kitchens – Cleveland Browns: I know this sounds a little crazy because it’s his first season and Cleveland is picked to do very well by many, but say Cleveland doesn’t live up to the hype, say they go 4-12 or 5-11. Having a disappointing season for the Browns would be a shock and if it did happen, Kitchens seat would be very warm.
- Doug Marrone – Jacksonville Jaguars: This will be his third season as the man in charge and the expectations are definitely high for this season. With the addition of a Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, the Jaguars are looking to get back to the way they were in 2017 and if they don’t, then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Marrone let go.
- Bill O’Brien – Houston Texans: Three playoff appearances in five years is not too bad, but it’s time to do better than just make the playoffs in Houston. With one of the best young QBs in football and solid pieces all-around, including a top 5 WR, the Texans and O’Brien need to deliver big in the 2019 season.
- Jay Gruden – Washington Redskins: Gruden has a 35-44-1 record in his time with the Redskins and just one playoff appearance, it’s been well documented by Gruden himself and management that he needs to win more gamest this season or he’ll be out of a job.
- Jason Garrett – Dallas Cowboys: I have no idea how Jason Garrett is still coaching this team but after only two playoff wins in eight seasons, the Cowboys are giving him another season. He has the talent on offense and defense to not only make the playoffs but compete for a championship. If the Cowboys fail this season, their fans will be talking about Lincoln Riley and Sean Payton a lot.
- Ron Rivera – Carolina Panthers: I was on record last year saying that the Panthers needed to move on, but they will give it a another go with Rivera. One thing that Rivera needs to help his job security is a healthy Cam Newton. Unless the Panthers make a run at the postseason, it will likely be Rivera’s final season in Carolina.
- Dan Quinn – Atlanta Falcons: This is a very difficult one to judge. Quinn has two very good seasons and two below average seasons in his first four year in Atlanta, but with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and others, the Falcons and Quinn need to capitalize on their window now before it’s too late.
- Mike Zimmer – Minnesota Vikings: This is a make or break season for Zimmer and the Vikings. They have a loaded defense and are solid on offense. Expectations were very high last year and an 8-7-1 season puts a tremendous amount of pressure on Zimmer and the Vikings to deliver not only a playoff appearance, but also a playoff run.
- Matt Patrcia – Detroit Lions: After a terrible 6-10 season, Patricia needs to show why he’s the man for the job in Detroit. GM Bob Quinn will be under some pressure as well this season. They have enough talent on paper to compete for the NFC North but whether or not Patrica will be able to get the most out of the team and have them in contention will be interesting to see. If not, there will be some major changes in Detroit.
- Kyle Shanahan – San Francisco 49ers: A 10-22 record in your first two seasons is not ideal. With Jimmy G back and healthy and the roster constructed the way it is, the 49ers need to show signs of life and improvement in order for Shanahan to return for another season.
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