Six NFL Head Coaches Already on the Hot Seat Heading Into Week 4
NFL Head Coaches on the Hot Seat: Week 4
The 2013 NFL season is only three weeks old, yet we already have a handful of teams facing plenty of pressure as they've gotten off to disappointing starts--which also means there are plenty of head coaches already on the hot seat.
There's plenty to take away from the first three weeks of the regular season so far, but one of the biggest surprises is the handful of teams expected to be contenders who have yet to win a single game. Not only are the Pittsburgh Steelers off to a disappointing 0-3 start, but the Washington Redskins and New York Giants have yet to win a game as well.
Obviously, there's no reason to hit the panic button just yet, but that doesn't mean certain head coaches shouldn't be nervous about their future for the organization. Unfortunately, the NFL is still a business at the end of the day and like we've seen in the past--no job is ever safe whether you happen to be a coach or a player.
With Week 4 right around the corner, we decided to take a look at six head coaches who are in desperate need of a win this week to avoid hitting a new low on the 2013 season. Here's a look at six head coaches in the NFL who are already on the hot seat heading into Week 4 of the 2013 season.
6. Mike Tomlin--Pittsburgh Steelers
Before Steeler Nation loses their minds by saying the Pittsburgh Steelers would never fire head coach Mike Tomlin in a million years, let's start off by saying I agree.
That being said, Tomlin better figure out an effective game plan soon to turn things around in Pittsburgh as nobody could have predicted an 0-3 start for this team in 2013. For a team that has always been considered a contender in the AFC, it's clear the Steelers need to focus on rebuilding soon as some of their aging veterans are no longer as effective as they used to be.
Come on--you know it's bad when the Cleveland Browns have a better record heading into Week 4.
5. Ron Rivera--Carolina Panthers
After back-to-back losses to start the season in games they could have easily won, the Carolina Panthers finally came through with a big 38-0 win over the New York Giants in Week 3. Ron Rivera realizes there's a ton of pressure on his end after two mediocre seasons as head coach, but 2013 was once again supposed to a year where the Panthers were seen as a "sleeper" team to keep an eye on when it comes to making a playoff run.
It may have only been one win, but Carolina's win against New York at least made Rivera's seat a little cooler for now.
4. Greg Schiano--Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There's been so much talk over the last couple of seasons over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers being a team to make a surprise run at the playoffs, but that doesn't appear to be the case for 2013 as the team is off to a disappointing 0-3 start. The sad thing is the Buccaneers could have easily won their first two games if it wasn't for two late fourth-quarter collapses, but there's nothing they can do about it now.
Greg Schiano better figure out a way to turn things around quickly and to make things even more interesting--the head coach has decided to go with rookie quarterback Mike Glennon over Josh Freeman in Week 4.
3. Leslie Frazier--Minnesota Vikings
Unfortunately, the Minnesota Vikings were the victims of being on the losing end of one of the biggest upsets from Week 3 after falling to the Cleveland Browns at home. Not only is the hot seat heating up for Christian Ponder at quarterback, but it's heating up for Leslie Frazier as well at head coach.
Frazier's been on the hot seat plenty of times before and with an 0-3 start, things could get ugly fast if the Vikings don't turn things around soon--especially with the way the other three teams are playing in the NFC North.
2. Tom Coughlin--New York Giants
Sure, Tom Coughlin has led the New York Giants to two Super Bowls over a five-year span, but at the end of the day--the NFL is still a business and the team's disappointing 0-3 start isn't going unnoticed. What happened to the Giants last Sunday against the Panthers was flat-out embarrassing as the offensive line looked pathetic on top of the offense failing to find the end zone once.
We've seen New York rally in the past after disappointing starts, but this team looks like they've hit rock bottom over the first three games of the season. On the bright side, at least the Giants play in the NFC East--which means New York still has a chance to finish on top of the division at the end of the season.
1. Mike Shanahan--Washington Redskins
Remember when Mike Shanahan was making jokes about Robert Griffin III not playing in the preseason? Well, those jokes aren't nearly as funny anymore as the Washington Redskins are off to a horrendous 3-0 start as Griffin's knee looks rusty as anything.
Shanahan received plenty of praise for helping the Redskins reach the playoffs last year, but if Washington continues to struggle with Griffin under center at quarterback--the head coach's hot seat could be heating up over the next couple of weeks.