The Miami Dolphins decided to part ways with head coach Joe Philbin after just four games into the 2015 regular season. Miami’s play on the field has been lackluster to say the least and there were several reports of dissension in the locker room prior to Philbin’s dismissal. Philbin will certainly not be the only NFL head coach looking for work after the conclusion of the regular season this year. Which other NFL head coaches are on the hot seat after just four weeks?
Chip Kelly, Philadelphia- It is no secret something’s not right in Philadelphia. Kelly has ruled the Eagles with an iron fist, drastically reshaping the roster while casting aside some legitimate playmakers. QB Nick Foles certainly now looks like a better fit to run Kelly’s offense than Sam Bradford does. Kelly’s future in the NFL might be in doubt after this season but his coaching career will not suffer as he can return to the college ranks and rake in millions.
Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars- Starting his third season, Bradley has posted an uninspiring 8-28 overall career coaching record. Jacksonville had the real opportunity to beat an Indianapolis Colts team on Sunday which was playing without QB Andrew Luck and let the game slip away. I believe Bradley is going to have to post at least six wins in order to retain his job moving forward.
Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts- Three straight 11-win seasons. Three straight seasons with trips to the post season, reaching the AFC Championship game last year. The team which many expected to take their game to the next level this season, has really been a disappointment. Success is a double edged sword because it brings higher expectations for the next season. From the outset of the season, rumors surfaced rearding Pagano’s future with the Colts this year if the team doesn’t advance to the Super Bowl with Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s name being linked to the club.
Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints- Payton is starting his ninth season in the NFL and has amassed just two losing seasons in that time frame. It’s hard to imagine the Saints moving on from the Super Bowl winning coach but it feels as if the team is ready to make some changes. Veteran QB Drew Brees is seeing his career wind down and the Saints simply are not a very good football team currently. Payton could likely have his choice of teams if the Saints front office decides to go another direction as some have suggested.
Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Yes, Smith has three years remaining on his contract but this current Buccaneers team is bad. Granted Tampa is starting a rookie quarterback but the poor play is across the field. The team doesn’t look well coached. Smith finished his first season with the Buccaneers, posting a 2-14 overall record and it doesn’t look as if Tampa stands a chance to win more than that this season. Lovie has signed several free agents during his short time with the Buccaneers but his personnel decisions don’t look to be panning out. Anything less than 5 wins and Tampa will likely be looking elsewhere.