With nine weeks of the regular season behind us, every NFL team has reached the halfway point in its schedule. In those two-plus months, we have seen a couple of surprise MVP candidates emerge, a lengthy list of injuries to big-name players continue to grow, multiple teams exceed expectations, and some or completely fall flat. And when it comes to that final group, of course, there are several coaches whose jobs appear to be on the line.
As we head into Week 10, here is a look at five coaches firmly on the hot seat.
Ben McAdoo, New York Giants
When it comes down to it, it’s hard to envision Ben McAdoo keeping his job beyond 2017. The Giants entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations but are now in complete disarray. In fact, at 1-7 they are now very much a contender for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
Simply put: Time is running out for Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati. He has been the Bengals’ head coach since 2003, and despite making seven postseason appearances, the 59-year-old coach still has yet to guide the franchise to even a single playoff victory. Now at 3-5, the Bengals are on track to miss the postseason in 2017. If that happens, it’s hard to see Cincinnati sticking with Lewis.
Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns
Hue Jackson is in a tough spot in Cleveland. The Browns are still several years away from developing into a consistent playoff contender, and it’s a near certainty that the franchise will fire their lead front office executives next offseason. And as we’ve all learned, newly hired NFL general managers typically like to hire their own head coaches.
Vance Joseph, Denver Broncos
With Vance Joseph being in only his first year as Denver’s head coach, the likelihood of him being fired isn’t all that great. With that being said, though, the Broncos aren’t the type of franchise that will sit back and accept mediocrity. On top of that, it was fairly obvious that the Broncos players quit on their first-year coach in their embarrassing blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9.
He still has plenty of time to turn things around, but the pressure is definitely on Joseph in the Mile High City.
Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers have been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL in 2017. Their offense, despite being ridiculously talented, has under-performed, and their defense ranks near the bottom of the league in every major statistical category. With quarterback Jameis Winston expected to miss several weeks with a shoulder injury, Tampa Bay could easily finish with an overall record that may cost Dirk Koetter his job.
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