Two weeks into the NFL regular season, there are already three coaches on the hot seat. Two are not newcomers to the heat of the hot seat, one is a newcomer. Seven teams are now 0-2, and that slow start greatly diminishes those team’s playoff chances because since 1990, only 12% of teams starting 0-2 qualified for the playoffs.
Two of the teams which have started 0-2 will get a pass because they are starting the season with a first-year head coach, the Minnesota Vikings and the Carolina Panthers. Pete Carroll has started 0-2 this year with the Seattle Seahawks, but he’ll get a pass this year since he won the division last season in the first year. Jim Caldwell in Indianapolis will get a pass this season due to the injury to QB Peyton Manning.
This brings us to the three head coaches which are feeling the heat after just two weeks.
Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars. Del Rio was told that he needs to make the playoffs this season or else. Yes, this is the only coach on this list with a win, but have you seen the quarterback situation in Jacksonville? Luke McCown got the hook on Sunday after throwing four interceptions. The other option is rookie QB Blaine Gabbert. Perhaps Del Rio should get a jump on finding a moving company.
Tony Sparano, Miami Dolphins. Forget the face that Sparano received a contract extension this past offseason. You know that ownership of the Dolphins sees that the Dolphins are in the basement and already two games behind the Buffalo Bills. The Bills.
Todd Haley, Kansas City Chiefs. You would think that a division winning head coach would have a secure coaching job, but have you had the unfortunate chance to watch the Chiefs this season? Surrendering 89 points in two games? If San Diego drops 40 on the Chiefs this Sunday, Todd Haley could be on the street by the time the team plane lands in Kansas City.
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