NFC Coaching Hot Seats

NFC East
Dallas - Warm: The Cowboys might have bounced back from a 3-5 start but making the playoffs and getting bounced first round isn’t going to cut it. This is Jason Garrett’s  9th season as head coach and he has 1 playoff win. Another season without any results in the playoffs and I could really see the Cowboys moving on.

That feeling when you’re not that good of a coach but your boss is a moron.  Photo Credit: USA Today

That feeling when you’re not that good of a coach but your boss is a moron.

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NY Giants - Neutral: First year coach with an aging Eli Manning, so Shurmur gets a pass for how this season has gone but I expect the Giants to draft a QB this year and he really needs to knock it out of the park with that selection.

Philadelphia - Cold: The Eagles have done a complete 180 since last year’s Super Bowl run and look like they are going to miss the playoffs. A Super Bowl gives Pederson a pass for at least the next 2-3 seasons, but not a good year.

Washington - Warm: This is Jay Grudens 5th season with the Redskins and he has a below .500 record and with no playoff wins. The Alex Smith injury hurt the teams playoff chances but at the same time maybe saved his job for another year because it gives him an excuse for this season.

NFC West

Arizona - Getting warm: First year or not, the Cardinals are terrible and their offense is a dumpster fire averaging only 14 pts through 11 games. 14 pts is inexcusable and Wilks gets to next year regardless but has to turn it around.

Not many coaches could overcome this, but Carroll can  Photo Credit: GeekWire

Not many coaches could overcome this, but Carroll can

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LA Rams - Ice cold: McVay just might be the most wanted coach in all the NFL given his age.

San Francisco - Neutral: It’s only the 2nd season for Shanahan and while it hasn’t been great, there has been some bright spots and Garrapolo getting injured tossed this season out the window. Shanahan still needs to turn things around next year or people are going to start to question.

Seattle - Cold: Pete Carroll would never get fired from the Seahawks. Carroll definitely gets to walk away on his own terms whether that is retiring or heading back to college for one more go.

NFC North

Chicago - Cold: Nagy is easily having the best season of all rookie head coaches and boy did he swindle John Gruden or what.

Bad Blood  Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune

Bad Blood

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Detroit - Neutral: With a $100 million QB you’d expect a better record. We’ve seen some highs and some lows, ultimately what you’d expected from a first year coach in Detroit.

Green Bay - Hot: This coaching seat is on fire it’s so damn hot. McCarthy is at the end of the road with the Packers and there is really no other way around it. The questions is do they wait till the end of the season to fire him?

Minnesota - Cold: People expected a lot more from the Vikings this year after adding Cousins, even though the Vikings could still very easily make the playoffs. But Zimmer has nothing to worry about as he’s only had 1 season where he finished below .500 and has a career winning pct of .607 in Minnesota. He isn’t going anywhere anytime soon

NFC South

Atlanta - Cold: This is entirely way too talented of a team to be 4-7, but an NFC championship and 3 playoff wins in the last 2 years, Quinn is sitting comfortable....for now.

Tough choice for a coach when you got 2 studs to choose from  Photo Credit: Pro Football Rumors

Tough choice for a coach when you got 2 studs to choose from

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Carolina - Cold: If you look at Rivera’s career, every good season is following up by a bad year, so maybe try and get a little consistency going. Despite the slip up as of late the Panthers are still fighting for a playoff spot for the 2nd yr in a row, which would be a first for a Rivera coaches team. Rivera has nothing to worry about but the defensive coordinator could be in some hot water the way this season has gone.

New Orleans - Ice Cold: The other coach in the NFL besides McVeigh that you could make a case for as the most wanted. Payton is only 55 yrs old and in 12 seasons has a .615 winning pct. The real question is will he hang around in New Orleans after Brees is gone or move to a bigger market?

Tampa Bay - Hot: The Bucs are 4-7 but at the same time 3 of those losses have been by less than a field goal so they’re not terrible. Maybe if Koetter didn’t have 2 of the most inconsistent QBs in the league that can throw 4 TDs one week and turn the ball over 4 times the next, the Bucs would be in a better position. In the end it’s looking like it’s going to be 3 consecutive below .500 seasons and that should be enough to see a new coach in Tampa next season.