He'll probably be fired.
Not now, but in a few years. That’s how the business goes, with expectations constantly growing and patience forever shrinking. Roughly a quarter of the league’s 32 teams have a new head coach to start a season. There are six new coaches this season — the Rams and the
In 2009, there were 11 new coaches. All of them were eventually fired.
In that regard, this season will be no different. Some team owners already are preparing to make a change while others are waiting to watch what happens during the final five games.
There’s little doubt the days are numbered for
Changes also could be in the works in Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas and with the
What is different this year is the Rams' Sean McVay has raised the bar, turning around a franchise that was 4-12 last year — its 10th consecutive losing record. The Rams are 8-3 and expecting so much more.
That catches the eye of other owners who will be scanning the horizon for their McVay, suddenly swayed by the notion that hiring a 31-year-old coach isn't such a bad idea after all. Of course, if it were merely a youth infusion that did the trick, teams would have discovered that long ago.
So far, results of this year’s new coaches are mixed. McVay is a coach-of-the-year candidate; the Chargers are surging under Anthony Lynn and could wind up winning the
It's the time for speculation, and there are going to be a lot of names tossed around over the next two months in terms of coaching candidates. Some will be real, others will be smokescreens.
Will Michigan's Jim Harbaugh come back to the NFL? He could be a potential fit in Chicago or Indianapolis — he was a quarterback for both — or as a dark horse candidate in Arizona.
What about Jon Gruden? Is he ready to leave the ESPN booth and come back to coaching? Those who know him best say he would not be driven by money as much as who is the owner and who is the quarterback. He likes living in Tampa, and it’s conceivable he could return to the
What if Gruden were to return to the Raiders? There, he could work with Derek Carr and know that owner Mark Davis wouldn’t meddle. Plus, with the Raiders moving to Las Vegas in a couple of years, Gruden could have all the tax benefits he enjoys in Florida. OK, so the Raiders might be happy with
Philadelphia is the best team in the league right now, and a lot of teams are going to want some of that Eagles magic. That means defensive coordinator
Although Detroit has dropped off defensively from last season,
Just as there wasn't a lot of talk about McVay at this time last year, there will be other candidates who gather momentum during the next two months and pop up on the radar screen.
Teams that could change coaches this offseason, from most to least likely:
Chicago — The Bears are headed for their third consecutive season of double-digit losses under Fox, who is 12-31 overall. The franchise has invested so much in rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, it will be looking for a McVay-type coach.
New York Giants — The Giants, under McAdoo, are a disaster this season and are dealing with the fallout of benching
Indianapolis — The
Cleveland — Record-wise,
Arizona — The
Tampa Bay — The Buccaneers were supposed to be good this season. Instead, Dirk Koetter’s squad has done a face-plant. Tampa Bay is 4-7 and winless in the
Cincinnati — For the first time since 2010,
Dallas — Granted, the
Denver — In each of the last five seasons, at least one of the new coaches has been one-and-done. Last season, it was Chip Kelly in San Francisco. The year before that, it was his 49ers predecessor, Jim Tomsula. If the trend continues, Joseph could be the coach shown the door. The Broncos have been abysmal.