It happens every year, and sometimes it isn’t truly justified. As famously said by Jerry Glanville, NFL stands for Not For Long, and while Glanville was speaking about the referees making poor calls, this also could be true in reference to head coaches.
You can bet on at least one coach not making it through the regular season. I mean, you can literally place a bet on which NFL coach will be the first one fired this season. Check out the most recent odds, per OddsShark:
Opening odds to be the first NFL head coach fired (@betway):— OddsShark (@OddsShark) June 19, 2018
Hue Jackson +350
Adam Gase +750
Marvin Lewis +1000
Vance Joseph +1000
Dirk Koetter +1200
Jay Gruden +1200
Todd Bowles +1600
Bill O'Brien +2000
Jason Garrett +2500
John Harbaugh +2800
Jon Gruden +2800
Pete Carroll +2800
It should come as no surprise Browns head coach Hue Jackson sits atop the list, and to be honest Adam Gase and Marvin Lewis being right behind him isn’t a shock either. Gase has worked hard to put his own stamp on the Miami Dolphins, often times getting rid of talent to create the environment he prefers — but when you don’t win, that could mean your job.
As for Lewis, the man always seems to find a way to keep his job. If there was one coach I wouldn’t bet on being fired, it would be Marvin Lewis. Lewis hasn’t won a playoff game since taking over the Bengals, yet he always stays in the saddle. Last year, when it was reported Lewis was a dead man walking — he kept his job. Don’t bet your house on the Bengals making a change at head coach.
Take a look at the odds above and ask yourself who you’d put money on being the first coach to get the ax in 2018. Let us know who you think it will be in the comment section below.