NFL Coaches On Hot Seat
With just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, fans of teams already out of it have plenty of time to assess whether the reason their team sucks falls on the players or the coaches. In the case of the four coaches below, the buck stops on their desk.
After getting embarrassed (again) on Monday Night Football, the chances of Todd Bowles remaining Jets head coach are slim. The media is calling for his firing after the 41-10 beatdown against the Colts, and with four games remaining in the this lost season, Bryce Petty will get a final opportunity to showcase his talent and compete for a 2017 roster spot. Petty relieved Ryan Fitzpatrick Monday night, but went just 11-25 with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in a mediocre showing.
The 2-10 Jacksonville Jaguars are making a serious run for the worst record in the NBA, and Gus Bradley will coach the final four games knowing his fate is sealed. Gus is 14-46 as head coach of Jacksonville, and Blake Bortles is now a lost cause. The defense goes through the motions every week, and fans tweets like this one sums up their thoughts:
Games won in Jacksonville, FL:
Gus Bradley: 7
Bobby Bowden: 10
— Singleshot ⚾ (@Singleshot25) December 5, 2016
The Bengals head coach has been at the helm since 2003, and has four AFC North division titles to his credit. However, the next four weeks could determine if both management and the fans believe Lewis should return. A change of scenery would likely be good for all parties, as Cincinnati has consistently underachieved in the postseason, and Lewis could bring a struggling franchise a leader they sorely need (see Jacksonville).
The Colts sit at 6-6, and still have a shot to win the AFC South. Pagano however has seen his team’s performance trend downward in recent seasons, and missing the playoffs for a second consecutive year when you have Andrew Luck as your quarterback might be enough for him to be unemployed.
Chuck Pagano constantly looks like his girlfriend is about to go do something embarrassing pic.twitter.com/nZg2qwbqKz
— Kyle Torian (@Alcapownage) November 25, 2016