With Week 1 almost in the books, a few coaches around the league may not find this week’s press conferences enjoyable. Hidden within the cliches, some head coaches are having their performance scrutinized in the public eye. Here are three coaches, after Sunday’s performances, that may find themselves on the hot seat in the not-too-distant future.
Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions (0-0-1)
Week 1 Result: 27-27 vs Arizona Cardinals
The Lions were sitting pretty as fans began to get restless with the Cardinals offense. Matthew Stafford was throwing, the defense seemed somewhat elite, and the receivers could do no wrong. That was until Detroit took their foot off the gas and allowed Kyler Murray to take control in the fourth quarter.
As a result, Arizona took the game into overtime and forced a tie. It is Week 1, but against a Cardinals team that seemed to be stuck in the mud, this will be a tough one to handle this week.
Brian Flores, Miami Dolphins (0-1)
Week 1 Result: 10-59 vs Baltimore Ravens
If ever a rookie head coach needed a mulligan, the Miami Dolphins would certainly get my vote. We knew this year was going to be a tough one with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. Most figured the Dolphins would be outscored by 49 points next week against the New England Patriots, but not by the Baltimore Ravens.
By the time the halftime came around, the Dolphins were down 42-10. With mutiny on the rise, the probability Flores survives this season is not likely. At this moment, the Dolphins are (-14.5) underdogs next week against the Patriots, who blew out the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
Freddie Kitchens, Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Week 1 Result: 13-43 vs Tennessee Titans
The Browns channeled their inner Oakland Raiders with 18 penalties on Sunday, racking up 182 yards in the process. Three turnovers from Baker Mayfield had the Cleveland faithful raining down boos as early as the second quarter.
The Browns are slow starters, as they haven’t seen success in recent years. With all the lofty expectations, Kitchens may not survive this season.
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