With the NFL season coming up, there are always a few head coaches that are on the hot seat and at a risk of being fired if the team does not improve during the season. Some coaches handle the pressure well and succeed to improve the team, and other coaches just crash and burn and get fired. Here are the top 4 head coaches that are at the risk of getting fired this season:
4. Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills
Hired in 2015, in his first season as Bills head coach, Ryan had a record of 8-8. A lot of people expected the team to be contending for a wildcard spot last season, the team did not get off to the best start to the season everyone thought they would of.
By the time the bye week arrived, the team’s record was 3-4. Even though the team did not make the playoffs, the team did have some signs of a bright future under Ryan as Head Coach.
During the offseason, there were reports coming out that Ryan would be getting fired if the team did not improve this upcoming season, which I believe is false. The team can’t give up on Ryan after just two seasons. Expect the Bills to have a solid year, as the team tries to contend for a wildcard spot.
The defense and offense should improve from last season. The only way Ryan could even consider getting fired is if the team takes a huge downfall this upcoming season.
3. Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars
Hired in 2013, in his three seasons as Jaguars head coach, Bradley has a record of 12-36, not winning more than 5 games in his tender as head coach. The team went out this offseason in free agency and spent a lot of money, signing players like Chris Ivory and Malik Jackson.
In this year’s draft, the team got two 1st round talent defensive players by drafting Jalen Ramsey in the first round and Myles Jack in the second round.
The team has the talent on the offensive and defensive side of the ball to go at least 8-8 or better this upcoming season, and even maybe sneak into a wildcard playoff spot.
If the team does not at least finish .500 or better this upcoming season, it will be time for a change at head coach, which will mean Bradley will be getting fired. It is now or never this season for Bradley.
2. Jeff Fisher, Los Angeles Rams
Hired in 2012, in his four seasons as Rams head coach, Fisher has a record of 27-36, not winning more than 7 games in his tender as head coach. Last season, despite finishing the season 7-9, the team showed some promise on defense.
Offensively, the team was carried by second year running back Todd Gurley, who teared it up his rookie season. Gurley also won offensive rookie of the year, despite missing the first few games of his rookie season.
One thing that the team was missing last season was a quarterback, but they fixed that right up, giving up an arm and a leg to move up to the number one overall pick and selecting Jared Goff.
With the team moving from St Louis back to Los Angeles for the first time since 1994, the team should be able to finish at least .500. In order for Fisher to save his job, the team will have to finish 8-8 or better. The spotlight is now on Fisher, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure of the Los Angeles media, and if he can turn the Rams into a .500 team.
1. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
Hired in 2010, in his five full seasons as Cowboys head coach (and one year as interim coach), Garrett has a record of 45-43, only having one season in 2014 where he coached the team to a record over .500 and winning the division.
Last season, everyone thought the Cowboys were going to be contenders in the NFC East. Even though the division was really weak, the Cowboys had the worst season record for their franchise since 2002 finishing last season, with a record of 4-12.
After last season’s disappointing year filled with injuries after injuries, there is a lot of pressure on the Cowboys to win the NFC East this season. People expect Garrett to turn the Cowboys into a consistent playoff team, which has not happened since the team only made the playoffs once with him as head coach.
There will be a lot of pressure on Garrett to coach this team to the playoffs, and to win the NFC East. If the Cowboys do not make the playoffs, there will be a good chance that it will be time for a change. Garrett did just sign a new contract extension last year, but it’s Garrett will most likely be out of the door due to being on the hot seat.