Earlier this month, the New York Giants made Ben McAdoo the first NFL coach to get fired this season. The future of Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson remains in question as the Browns are staring at a 0-16 season. Despite Jackson winning only one game in his two years in Cleveland, the Browns has said he will be back next year after firing executive VP Sashi Brown. Here are the three most likely candidates to be fired in the next week.
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Dirk Koetter - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In his second season as Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter has his team sitting at 4-11 and last place in the NFC South. Koetter was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach in January of 2016. The promotion was made after the Buccaneers went 6-10 in the teams first season with the first overall pick, quarterback Jameis Winston.
Koetter had built a solid relationship with Winston and the promotion came with the hope he would mold Winston into the franchise quarterback they were hoping for. Winston in his third season passed for 3,141 yards, 18 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in 12 games and after a disappointing season from him, it will likely mean Koetter will be fired next week.
Chuck Pagano - Indianapolisianplolis Colts
The Colts were already plotting to replace Pagano and he has been known as a "lame duck" coach after owner Jim Irsay reportedly chased Jon Gruden this past offseason. Unless Indianapolis somehow finds a way to make the playoffs in a lackluster AFC South - which will take a miracle at this point - Pagano will be gone. Don't be surprised if he's fired next week.
Over the last three seasons, Pagano's record is 19-28, with zero playoff appearances.
Marvin Lewis - Cincinnatinatti Bengals
After 15 seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals head coach, Marvin Lewis is planning to leave the team to pursue opportunities elsewhere. Lewis coached in 239 games, which is the second most among active coaches in the NFL. He has a winning percentage of .525 in the regular season, but is 0-7 in the playoffs.
Lewis had drawn the ire of the Bengals fanbase for his failure to win in the postseason and the team's recent struggles. For many Bengals fans, the report of Lewis electing to step away was welcome news. The Bengals have a good relationship with Lewis which is why when they fire him, it will look like he chose to step away.Back to the NFL Newsfeed