Top-5 Coaches on the HOT Seat

By: Cody Benjamin (Twitter: @codybenjamin7)

  1. Dan Quinn

The aggressive defensive head coach of the Atlanta Falcons should come as no surprise being at the top of this list. Starting off the season 0-4 and having two double-digit leads, is not the way Dan Quinn wanted to start his sixth season as Falcons head coach. Finishing off the second half of last season going 6-2 many were willing to give Quinn another year. That extra year has been a disaster defensively allowing 448 yards per game and 34.5 points per game, which both rank 31st in the NFL.  

The offensive fire power of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Todd Gurley, this team can put up points. Without help of the defense, the Falcons may be in for a long dreadful season. The Falcons and Dan Quinn look to secure their first win of the season as they play their divisional rival the Carolina Panthers this weekend. The question really is not whether Quinn can turn it around, it is how long Arthur Blank gives Quinn before the Falcons move on.

  1. Matt Patricia

Through 4 weeks of the young NFL season, Detroit looks worse than 2019. After Sunday’s hot start against the Saints, they blew their third double digit lead of the season. Since 2018 when Matt Patricia took over, the Lions are 10-25-1. During those 25 losses as head coach, the Lions have blown twelve double-digit leads, including three this season. The Lions could turn their season around and possibly save Patricia’s job having six of their next seven opponents against the sub-.500 teams but entering their bye week at 1-3 there are many concerns involving the head coach of the Detroit Lions.

  1. Adam Gase

In his second season as head coach of the Jets, Gase has lost control of the team and respect from his players. Starting off the season 0-4 and coming off a disappointing Thursday night loss in week 4, the front office thinks the Jets are still competitive enough for Gase to keep his job. Adam Gase track record as a head coach is unacceptable at 30-39 and including only 1 winning record, when he was with the Dolphins. With the Jets owning the 2nd-toughest remaining schedule in the NFL, do not expect the Jets to have a winning record in 2020.

Since 1975, no Jets head coach has been fired during the middle of the season, but if Adam Gase is relieved, expect defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to take over as interim coach 

  1. Doug Marrone 

I was optimistic of putting Doug Marrone of this list, but here we are. Since the 2017 AFC championship run, the Jaguars have been nothing more than a bottom feeder in the AFC South. There were tons of promise for the future of the Jaguars but trading big names and letting go free agents they should have resigned, has put Jacksonville in a rebuild stage. 

As head coach of the Jaguars, Doug Marrone has two winning seasons, and finished last in the division three times. Since taking over the head coaching duties, Marrone has a coaching record of 23-31, which includes a 1-3 record in 2020. If the Jaguars do not win more than five games this year, Marrone may be gone after this season.

  1. Vic Fangio

The defensive-minded coach took over for Vance Joseph after the 2018 season and during his first year as head coach, he led the struggling Broncos to a 7-9 record. After having 41 years of coaching experience and being a productive defensive coach in the NFL, many were led to believe Fangio was ready for head coaching job.  

 In his second season as head coach of the Denver Broncos, they are off to a poor start once again. Although they have been decimated with injuries to key players, it does not look like the Broncos will make the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. With Drew lock, their starting quarterback returning from injury within the next few weeks, expect the struggling Broncos and Vic Fangio to feel safer and more confident moving forward. As seen with previous coaches, General Manager John Elway is not afraid to cut ties with a coach after a down season.

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