NFL: Coaches on the Hot Seat

With the 2018 NFL season nearing, here are six coaches that could be on the hot seat this upcoming season. Also, there are ways in which they can salvage their lives as NFL coaches. 

Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys is the first coach that could be under fire this upcoming season. Garrett has been the full time head coach of the Cowboys since 2011 with a record of 68-55. His best season was in 2016, having a record of 13-3 and winning the NFC East division. On the downside, he has only led the Cowboys to the playoffs twice in his career and only one playoff victory in 2014.

Jay Gruden is the next coach that could be looking for a new job next season if he doesn’t improve his performance. Gruden has been the head coach of the Washington Redskins since 2014 with his best season coming in 2015 where he had a 9-7 record and won the NFC East division. In 2017, the Redskins offense ranked 16th in the NFL in total offense. On defense, they allowed 24.3 points per game which was tied for 27th in the NFL. Washington will need to improve on a 7-9 record in 2018.

John Harbaugh could be looking for a new job come 2019. Harbaugh will be entering his 11th season as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. His best season came in 2012 when the Ravens had a 10-6 record, won the AFC North division, and then went on to beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31. Since then, the Ravens have only made the playoffs once in 2014.

Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins is the next head coach that could be on the hot seat in 2018. The third year coach’s best year came in 2016, when the Fins went 10-6 and went to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. In 2017, the Dolphins offense ranked 25th in the NFL in total yards and 28th in points per game with 16.5. With Gase being a former NFL offense coordinator, he needs to guide the team towards improvement in those two categorizes in 2018 to have a chance to keep his job in 2019.

Dirk Koetter is entering his third year as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and is coming off a 5-11 record in 2017, as the Buccaneers finished fourth in the NFC South division. Koetter’s best season came in 2016 as the Buccaneers had a 9-7 record and finished second in the NFC South division. In 2017, the Buccaneers averaged 363.5 yards per game, which was good enough for ninth in the NFL, but only ranked 20th in points per game with 20.9. They have yet to make the postseason under his tutelage.

The final NFL coach that could be on his way out the door is Marvin Lewis, head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Lewis is the second longest tenured coach in the NFL, entering his 16th season with the Bengals. Lewis has a career record of 125-112-3 with seven postseason losses. Lewis has yet to give the Bengals a playoff win during his tenure. The Bengals best year came in 2015 when the Bengals won the AFC North division and held a record of 11-5. Making the playoffs and winning should help his chances immensely.

All six of these coaches have work to do in 2018. For some, an improved team will do the trick while for others a playoff push will be needed. It should be exciting to see if these coaches can do what is needed and save their jobs.

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