NFL: Coaches on the Hot-Seat

Could Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden be on the hot seat?

With another NFL season about to be in the books, some teams will begin the process of evaluating their rosters and coaching staff. Some are in dire need of a shake-up and that could result in some coaches looking for a new home.

Arizona Cardinals – Steve Wilks

Starting a career as a head coach with a record of 3-11 doesn’t exactly sit well with management. It especially doesn’t sit well when the defensive coordinator was given up on not even half way through the season.

It hasn’t been easy for Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks or anyone on the coaching staff this season. Most of the fans in Arizona aren’t happy themselves with Wilks. Although a high draft pick is bound to land in Arizona, the sad reality is, you can’t draft a new head coach.

New York Jets – Todd Bowles

With a 4-10 record thus far through the 2018 season, the New York Jets are about to hit the market for a new head coach. This is Todd Bowles last year on his four-year contract which was agreed upon in 2015 after Bowles was an assistant coach for the Arizona Cardinals.

In his first year, Bowles’ Jets went 10-6 in 2015 which was a great improvement from the previous year’s 4-12 record. After that, the Jets went 5-11 the next two seasons and are on pace for possibly another 4-12 or a 5-11 season. The lack of success could mean that this could be the end for the Bowles era; it is unlikely that the Jets resign him as their head coach.

Oakland Raiders – Jon Gruden

After a surprising season two years ago that saw the Oakland Raiders go 12-4, the Raiders have been on the decline, going 6-10 the next season and are currently 3-11 this season. With the Raiders already set to be relocated to Las Vegas, could the Raiders be headed towards a full rebuild including the changing of the head coach position?

After trading away players such as Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper and being a part of a notable rift with quarterback Derik Carr, Gruden has been anything but a fan favorite. Crazier things have happened then removing a coach only a year into a 10-year, $100 million contract.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dirk Koetter

In 2016 the Buccaneers went 9-7 under Dirk Koetter’s first year as head coach. Since that inaugural season, the Bucs went 5-11in 2017 and thus far are 5-9 in 2018. With just 10 wins in a span of two years, the Bucs need to shake things up and firing Koetter could be their go-to answer.

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