NFL Head Coaches on the Hottest Seat Going Into the 2019 Season

After 2018, some teams learned they had stud head coaches who know how to adjust to today’s NFL. Others are under pressure from their organizations to make a playoff push or be pushed out of town. Here, we’re looking at the top ten NFL head coaches on the hot seat going into the 2019 season.
The Top Ten
1 Jay Gruden

I don't exactly blame him for the Redskins' performance because of the unlucky season-ending injuries that happened on his team. They had to start four quarterbacks, with Alex Smith and Colt McCoy suffering season-ending injuries. Mark Sanchez was terrible in the one game he played, and then they were pretty much screwed for the rest of the season.

It's do or die for Gruden, who now has a franchise quarterback in Dwayne Haskins to work with and a talented defense. If Washington misses the playoffs this year, Gruden is out. His seat is scorching.

2 Mike Tomlin Michael Pettaway Tomlin is an American football coach who is the 16th head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

Tomlin has really fallen from glory, missing the playoffs in 2018 and losing control of the locker room. Tomlin could have a similar end to what Mike McCarthy had.

3 Doug Marrone

After leading the Jaguars to the AFC Championship in 2017, Marrone ended up at 5-11 in 2018, and Blake Bortles is gone. Now, Marrone has the huge task of shaping Nick Foles into their franchise quarterback.

If he has another losing season, I do not think the Jaguars' front office will have any mercy. They want to win now. They have the talent to do so. They can win if they are coached right.

4 Ron Rivera Ronald Eugene "Ron" Rivera is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach of the Washington Commanders of the National Football League.

How on earth do you start 6-1 and end 7-9? Yeah, Rivera's Panthers in 2018 lost seven straight games after getting demolished by the Steelers. It can be noted that Cam Newton's shoulder was injured, but Rivera still had a plethora of talent to work with. It may be time for a new coach in the near future.

5 Mike Zimmer Michael Zimmer is an American football coach. He is currently the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

Zimmer had all the talent a coach would want to make a Super Bowl run in 2018 after going 13-3 with Case Keenum at quarterback in 2017. Instead, he coached them to 8-7-1. Not a terrible record, but they missed the playoffs. I think he has about two years left as their head coach, but you never know.

6 Jason Garrett

For the second straight year, Garrett makes this list, despite making the playoffs and even winning a game in them in 2018. However, his team was below average before Amari Cooper showed up. Plus, with the talent Dallas has, they should be able to make a playoff run, but Garrett cannot even seem to win a playoff game. I say he is still in trouble in Dallas.

7 Matt Patricia

Is it all that far-fetched that he is already on here after one season in Detroit? I do not think so. The Lions finished 9-7 under Jim Caldwell in 2016 and 2017, while they finished 6-10 in 2018.

He has already added Trey Flowers and Danny Amendola in the offseason, making the Lions look essentially like a midwestern Patriots team. But that approach may not work.

Yeah, I can tell he and Quinn are on the hot seat if everything goes down in flames once again.

8 Dan Quinn

The Falcons finished 7-9 in 2018 after back-to-back playoff appearances. Even with their talent level, Quinn's Falcons finished 7-9, though a lot of that can be attributed to their former offensive coordinator. He may be in the clear for now, but he better get this team off the ground in 2019.

9 Bill O'Brien

Despite a 12-4 record in 2018, he still cannot win a playoff game. It is getting old at this point, and I think maybe the Texans will think so too at some point.

10 Kyle Shanahan

To be fair, the last two seasons didn't turn out the way they could have. But if the team is healthy and still can't make the playoffs, Kyle could surface up there with the rest.

The Contenders
11 John Harbaugh John W. Harbaugh is an American football coach who has been the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League since 2008.

He signed an extension with the Ravens, but that doesn't clear him from being let go yet. He has to make something happen with Lamar Jackson at quarterback.

12 Kliff Kingsbury

Maybe he won't get the axe so soon, but he'll have a few more years than the mistake Steve Wilks was.

13 Matt Lafleur

If this team looks significantly worse under him, even with the talent, it will fall on the coaching if done with poor execution.

14 Matt Nagy

The only thing that concerns me about Da Bears is their defense. How will it be consistent with Vic Fangio gone? Other than that, they should do well with an offense that should be much more efficient.

15 Jon Gruden
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