Ranking the NFL’s head coaches on the likelihood they’ll be immediately fired Monday

Ranking the NFL’s head coaches on the likelihood they’ll be immediately fired Monday

We’re a day away from Bloody Monday in the NFL. Which, side note, sounds a lot scarier than it is.

It’s basically the day good organizations fire bad coaches or bad organizations make even worse decisions.

So who’s on the chopping block today? By tomorrow, heads will roll.

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Adam Gase

Adam Gase

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Mr. Potato man is expected to leave the Jets and it could happen moments after the end of today’s game. That’s right, New York doesn’t even want him back on the team plane, or bus, or however they traveled to Massachusetts. Maybe he can stay in New England where he is rumored to be headed.

SHATTERED-HOPES RANKING: 5/5 (basically out the door)

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Doug Marrone

Doug Marrone

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Marrone is still coaching while the Jags reportedly pursue Urban Meyer or Ryan Day. Yeah, Marrone’s gone.

SHATTERED-HOPES RANKING: 5/5
(basically out the door)

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Vic Fangio

Vic Fangio

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The Broncos fired their last head coach, Vance Joseph, after he went 11- 21 in two seasons. Fangio is about to finish his second year and currently posts a 12 - 19 record. Clearly, the process is working.

Your move, Elway.

SHATTERED-HOPES RANKING: 4/5 (gathering belongings)

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Anthony Lynn

Anthony Lynn

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In his four years with the Chargers, Lynn has a 50.8 percent winning percentage. A loss today would put him squarely at 500. He’s won a playoff game, led the Chargers to two winning seasons and, more recently, two losing seasons.

There have been some examples of coaching gaffes this year. So will the organization keep Lynn on for one more year with a promising young QB?

SHATTERED-HOPES RANKING: 3/5 (could stay or go)

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Matt Nagy

Matt Nagy

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This morning, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said the Bears are expecting to retain Nagy as their head coach... Do you believe that? I don’t.

We’re now three years into the Matt Nagy experiment and, if the report turns out to be true, 8-8 (assuming Chicago loses to the Packers) will be good enough for one more year.

SHATTERED-HOPES RANKING: 3/5 (could stay or go)

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Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer

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In October, Aaron Rodgers told reporters that it would be “absolutely crazy” if Zimmer was on the hot seat. Well, the Vikings could have their first losing season since 2014, the year Zimmer took the reigns as head coach. And in his last three seasons, the Vikings are 5-9 in December games.

SHATTERED-HOPES RANKING: 2/5 (this seat is maybe a little warm)

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Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson

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Coming into December, Pederson’s seat was hot. Now, reports say the Eagles’ head coach is safe. He’s still on this list because the birds had a horrendous year. If he can’t win in Philly next season, he could be out.

SHATTERED-HOPES RANKING: 2/5 (this seat is maybe a little warm)

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Zac Taylor

Zac Taylor

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No one should be safe with a 21 percent winning percentage through two seasons (the worst of any active coach in the league). That said, it’s not all Taylor’s fault.

The Bengals are a project and they’ll need time to develop. Burrow will be back next year and Cincy will get a top draft pick in 2021. And any hot seat rumors Taylor had, he cooled in week 15 with a Monday night win against the Steelers.

SHATTERED-HOPES RANKING: 2/5 (this seat is maybe a little warm)

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Kevin Stefanski

Kevin Stefanski

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If it’s normalcy we seek in 2021, then a boneheaded Browns front office decision should be expected.

Wouldn’t it be the most Cleveland move of all time if they kept the coaching carousel going if they manage to miss the playoffs?

SHATTERED-HOPES RANKING: 1/5 (it ain’t happening)

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Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick

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Ha! Made you look.

Belichick had a losing season for the first time since 2000… but he’s not going anywhere nor should he.

Winter in New England is miserable. But I’m glad he’ll get January off for a change.

SHATTERED-HOPES RANKING: 1/5 (it ain’t happening)

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