Five NFL Coaches On The Hot Seat Right Now

It was only a matter of time before something had to give in Wisconsin. After an embarrassing loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Green Bay Packers finally decided to cut ties with head coach Mike McCarthy and sent him packing within hours of the game. While McCarthy was an obvious candidate to go once it became clear that the Packers were destined to miss the playoffs for the second year in a row, he likely isn’t the last head coach to be fired this season. Here is a look at the top five NFL coaches on the hot seat right now.

Todd Bowles, New York Jets

The Jets have lost six straight games heading in to Week 14, which is their longest slide of the Bowles era. New York is destined to finish below .500 for the second consecutive season and will be lucky to match the five wins they finished with a year ago. It clearly seems as though the players on both sides of the football have started to tune out Bowles. The fact that this team hasn’t shown any signs of progress over the last two seasons means the writing is likely on the wall. It’s only a matter of time before the Jets fire Bowles.

Steve Wilks, Arizona Cardinals

The fact that the Cardinals salvaged a 20-17 win at Lambeau Field is as much a testament to the Packers’ failures as it is anything else. That said, Arizona’s third win of the season was also its biggest win of the year. Can the Cardinals build off of it and salvage what’s left of the season? If they don’t, there is a good chance that Wilks will be fired. There isn’t much other than the win over Green Bay that has gone right for an Arizona team that is currently stuck in transition. If the Cardinals can build on the win over the packers and show some progress down the stretch then Wilks might be able to save his job. If not, then he is as good as gone.

Vance Joseph, Denver Broncos

It looked like the Broncos could contend for a playoff spot early on this season when they opened with wins over the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders. However, Denver dropped its next four games and is just 2-6 over its last eight games. At 6-6, the Broncos still have a shot at challenging for the final AFC Wild Card spot. Their schedule is favorable with games against the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers to close out the year. If Denver finishes strong and makes the playoffs, Joseph should be safe. However, if the Broncos struggle down the stretch and miss the postseason, there is a good chance that Joseph will be done in Denver.

Doug Marrone, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL this season so it only makes sense that Marrone would be on the hot seat. However, Jacksonville seems committed to bringing him back for another run at the playoffs. The fact that Marrone coached the Jaguars all the way to the AFC Championship game a year ago should count for something, especially when you consider management forced quarterback Blake Bortles on him. That said, Jacksonville has dealt with some major internal issues both on and off the field this season and it wouldn’t be a major shock if they decided to shake things up with a change at head coach.

Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions

Patricia is in his first season with the Lions and things are not going well. Remember, he took over a team that was 9-7 in each of the last two years, 7-9 before that and 11-5 in 2014. They weren’t an abject disaster; they were mediocre and hoping to improve.

At this point, though, the Lions have sunken even further. They are currently 4-8 but what’s worse is the trajectory of the team. They were 3-3 at one point but have lost five of their last six. They finish with three of their final four games on the road, including two divisional games against Minnesota and at Green Bay. A 2-2 result probably keeps Patricia around for another year but Detroit is just 1-4 on the road this. Anything worse than 2-2 Patricia might be a goner.