5 NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat Heading Into Week 4

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5 NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat Heading Into Week 4

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One of the most popular discussions around the NFL is trying to figure out which coaches are on the hot seat. Through three weeks of the season, we have seen some teams be surprisingly good while others have been surprisingly bad.

It is the coaches of the surprisingly bad teams that often take the most heat for their team’s performance rather than those of teams we knew would be bad. For example, while the Jacksonville Jaguars are a terrible team, Gus Bradley is not on this list, simply because the team had no expectation of being anything other than horrible.

However, the coaches of expected playoff contenders who find their team underperforming are the ones who need to be worried about their jobs. It is still very early in the season however, so everyone on this list has plenty of time to turn it around.

Interestingly, there are several preseason candidates who have coached their way off this list. Rex Ryan, Jim Schwartz, Jason Garrett, and Mike Munchak all escape, though any of them could easily fall back onto the hot seat with a couple losses.

Two candidates who need to be addressed are Tom Coughlin and Mike Tomlin. Neither appears on this list despite their team’s very disappointing 0-3 start. In my opinion, both have built up plenty of credit with their organizations, and neither franchise’s ownership group is the type to make rash decisions. It should be noted however, that Tomlin is certainly much safer than Coughlin.

Coaches’ statuses are always changing, and all of these coaches are a few wins away from being off this list while several more a few losses away from being on it. However, as things currently stand these are the Top 5 NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat.

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5. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins

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The Washington Redskins are 0-3 and might be the single most disappointing team in the NFL. The offense has been a shell of what it was last season, while the defense might be the worst in the league. Rumors of a rift with Robert Griffin III continue to persist, and it is for those reasons Mike Shanahan appears here.

Shanahan could easily coach his way off this list, and even if the Redskins miss the playoffs the team could still feel he is the right man to lead them forward. However, with Dan Snyder calling the shots anything is possible, so Shanahan should be worried.

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4. Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings are the other playoff team from last season to start 0-3, and that has to make Leslie Frazier worried. Frazier is just 16-25 as Vikings head coach, and last season’s playoff appearance is starting to look like a fluke.

Frazier is handcuffed by the team’s poor quarterback situation, but he has also failed to build the defense as well as he should, given his background. Frazier has been with the team for over seven years total now, and the Vikings may feel it is time to bring in new blood.

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3. Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

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Ron Rivera is in his 3rd season as head coach of the Carolina Panthers, compiling a 14-21 record. He would have been higher on this list if not for the team’s demolition of the New York Giants this week, and that could be the catalyst for him to get off this list.

The Panthers have treaded water as a slightly below average team in his tenure, and Rivera needs to show ownership that the team can take the next step under his leadership. If they can’t do that, then ownership will find someone else to bring them to the playoffs.

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2. Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders

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The Oakland Raiders made Dennis Allen the youngest head coach in the NFL when they hired him last season, hoping he could grow with his young team. Allen is 5-14 in his brief tenure, but the problem is that the Raiders haven’t shown any signs of improvement.

The Raiders are in a bad cap situation and the team figures to be more patient under Mark Davis than it was under his father, the late Al Davis. That being said, Allen needs to get this team to show some improvement on the field, or the Raiders’ patience may wear thin.

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1. Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Greg Schiano is the clear candidate for the top spot on this list, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been a disaster this season. Their play on the field has been horrible, especially offensively. In the locker room, there have been reports of rifts between Schiano and quarterback Josh Freeman, as well as newly acquired superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis.

The Bucs announced today that Mike Glennon will take over as starting QB, and Schiano better hope that starts to fix the problem. If the Bucs don’t turn things around, this could very easily be Schiano’s last season in Tampa Bay.

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