Despite his team having already played and lost three days prior, somewhere Rex Ryan was probably relieved. At least more so then back in August it was hard just to grab close to even odds on the New York Jets‘ head man being the first deposed coach of the 2013 NFL season.
What a difference two weeks make, as Ryan and fellow “favorite” Dennis Allen have their teams at 1-1 while Greg Schiano and Ron Rivera have fallen dramatically to 0-2.
While you could find Ryan at -150 odds heading into the season, Rivera was at a distant +1200 and Schiano an afterthought. The additions of Darrelle Revis and a stellar roster on paper — combined with Schiano’s contract running through 2016 — made his firing in the early portions of this season a feasible but very unlikely proposition.
Then a Lavonte David personal foul led to the game-losing field goal in New York, before Week 2 saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers grow super conservative and the special teams put the New Orleans Saints in position for a comeback victory. The kicker here is the locker room turmoil and reportedly poor relationship with his quarterback and general manager.
Like the Bucs settling for a field goal attempt up 14-13 in the waning moments, Rivera’s Carolina Panthers also suffered from conservative play-calling before attempting three instead of making any real attempt to gain the clinching first down. Up 20-17, Carolina had Cam Newton hand off instead of attempt to pick up a few yards with their franchise quarterback. Following the world’s softest and poorest execution of late-game defense, the Buffalo Bills and marched downfield for the winning score.
These horrific losses by 0-2 squads crank the heat way up on Schiano and Rivera.