NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat
Coming up on the 2021-22 NFL season it’s important in noting that several head coaches are on the brink of losing their job. Considering the fact many owners look to get rid of the head coach following a dreadful season, it’s more than probable that a few coaches will lose their position with the organization. Let’s take a look at some of the coaches league-wide that will need to enhance their performance in hopes of staying off the coaching hot seat.
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NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat (s)
Mike McCarthy (Dallas Cowboys)
It’s not too often where you see a Super Bowl-winning head coach on the hot seat after just one season with a team. Going 6-10 in his first year with the Cowboys wouldn’t be terrible if it weren’t for the high expectations that were set prior to the season beginning.
Losing star quarterback Dak Prescott in Week 5 was a brutal loss for the Cowboys, but not something they weren’t capable of overcoming. McCarthy’s defense implemented in Dallas was among the worst in the league, similar to what he had going in Green Bay.
Everyone is aware of the kind of expectations Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has towards his team. He may have let McCarthy get away with it this year, but he won’t be so forgiving going forward and he must do something about that early in the season if he wants any chance of staying.
Zac Taylor (Cincinnati Bengals)
If Zac Taylor wasn’t on the hot seat following the Bengals 2020-21 season then there’s no doubt he will be for this upcoming season. Coaching the Bengals to a 6-25-1 record in his first two seasons is certainly not something to be proud of.
While it’s tough to place all the blame on Taylor, it’s hard to ignore the role he played in eventually leading to his rookie quarterback’s season-ending injury. He had Burrow dropping back more in the pocket than any other quarterback in the league, in his rookie season. Not to mention the shaky offensive line the Bengals put on display week after week.
It won’t be any easier for Taylor’s Bengals to make a surprising run at the playoffs this year. He needs to prove to the businessmen upstairs that he’s worthy of keeping around and he can do that by starting to improve his defense.
Kliff Kingsbury (Arizona Cardinals)
People may be haters to the idea of getting rid of Kingsbury strictly because of the strong relationship he and star quarterback Kyler Murray have developed throughout their years in college and now the NFL. If you remember correctly the Arizona Cardinals began the 2020-21 season at 5-2 posing a threat to the rest of the league. They proceeded to lose six of their final nine games, winding up with a mediocre record of 8-8.
The team digressed throughout the season rather than progress, and the head coach is the main person to blame when a team takes that route. There’s a lot of pressure on Kingsbury this season with the key off-season signings of JJ Watt and AJ Green the Cardinals are expected to be a contender for the Super Bowl this year.
If Kingsbury’s Cardinals miss the playoffs then there’s no doubt in my mind, he’s gone.
Matt Nagy (Chicago Bears)
Another NFL coach on the hot seat is Matt Nagy has been on the hot seat for a couple of years now and has recently taken a ton of criticism for his decision-making and play-calling for the Bears last season. It got to the point where Nagy ultimately handed over the play-calling to his offensive coordinator.
In his three seasons as head coach, Nagy boasts a 28-20 record, but having an above .500 winning percentage doesn’t mean too much if you can’t get past the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. Signing Andy Dalton this off-season and drafting Justin Fields gives Matt Nagy another shot to prove what he’s worth in Chicago.
The team has made necessary adjustments in strengthening both sides of the ball. Now it’s up to Nagy in leading this team to success. Will he be able to get over the hump of the first few weeks and put his team in a position to make the playoffs?