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Coaches Death Watch 2016 – A New Beginning

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By Jason From Indiana (JFI)

The start of a new NFL season also means the return of the Coaches Death Watch.   You may notice some familiar names from last season.  That’s because some of these guys managed to survive and I don’t think they survive another bad performance.  Cats have nine lives, coaches don’t.

The premise is simple.  I’m starting with four coaches I think are most likely to get fired.  But as we learned last year, these guys can save their necks.  There’s things they need to do to hang on to those paychecks, but they probably won’t.

1) Rex Ryan

I have Rex first on the list because it’s pretty cut and dried. The Bills’ general manager has publicly stated that if they don’t make the playoffs, Rex’s head will roll.  At least he knows what he needs to do to stay employed.  It will be tough for Rex to change his style, though. At some point he will make some kind of a guarantee that the team won’t back up.  He already declared that Buffalo “won the off-season”… whatever that means.

I doubt he will suddenly learn how to challenge calls, or instill enough discipline in his team to be able to get the right personnel on the field, or so at his team won’t lead the league in dumb personal fouls. Those are problems the Jets had under Rex, and he brought those problems to Buffalo.  It should also be noted that Buffalo already had a good defense and they got worse under Rex, who is supposed to be a defensive coach. Their sack total went from 54 in 2014 to just 21 last year. The Bills were a disappointing 8-8 last year, and I don’t see them being much better in 2016.

2) Jim Caldwell

Caldwell played the part of Nero last year, fiddling while the Lions burned.  Almost everybody in the organization other than him got canned.  My only guess as to why he didn’t get the boot last year is the Lions either didn’t have anybody else in mind as a replacement, or they did and they are waiting for that person to become available.  The offense did improve when Jim Bob Cooter (go ahead and laugh…everybody does) was brought in as offensive coordinator, but the defense still isn’t very good.  The Lions have Green Bay and Minnesota in their division, so I don’t see them making the playoffs, and barring a  playoff run, this has to be Caldwell’s last season in Detroit.

3) Chuck Pagano

H. Dumpty Pagano...about to become unrepairable pieces.

H. Dumpty Pagano…about to become unrepairable pieces.

H. Dumpty Pagano also defied the odds and stayed in Indianapolis.  On the upside, he’s made the playoffs every year that he’s had Andrew Luck for a full season. He also has tremendous support from his players.  He never lost the locker room. His players never quit.  To be fair, also, it’s not like he went 4-12 last year without his starting QB. He wasn’t that far from making the playoffs, albeit in the worst division in football.

Now for the downside. I know it’s only 1 play, but that fake punt debacle last year was unforgivable.  If you want to go for it, put your offense out there and go for it.  I understand the Colts were were trying to fight back against the bully that has tormented them worse than Scott Farkus (not to be confused with Andy Dalton) tormented Ralphie in A Christmas Story, but that play was the definition of ill-conceived.  It gets worse when you realize the guy who was supposed to be snapping the ball got hurt and Pagano replaced him with a guy who had never even practiced that play.

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The bottom line is the Colts have ruled a lousy division for a long time, but that may be changing.  Tennessee may have found a QB to build around in Marcus Mariota, the Jaguars might be able to say the same about Blake Bortles, and the Texans defense will always be formidable as long as they have J.J. Watt.  In other words, January football is no longer a given in Indianapolis, but if it doesn’t happen again, the Colts will make an H. Dumpty omelet.

4) Hue Jackson

I normally wouldn’t put a first-year coach on this list, but head coaches in Cleveland have the life-expectancy of Fredo Corleone on a fishing trip.  I don’t have any thing bad to say about Hue Jackson yet, because the only experience we have with him as a head coach happened in Oakland, the NFL’s other train wreck.  From that experience, I’m sure Jackson knows to rent, not buy.  I’m also pretty sure he knows that since 1999, the Browns have led the league in the number of blown draft picks, starting quarterbacks, and head coaches.

Like I said, I think it’s unlikely that Jackson would get the ax after one year, but here’s a piece of advice, Hue.  If Jimmy Haslam wants to take you fishing…don’t get in the boat.

Agree? Disagree? Got a hot take of your own on this topic? Send it to JFI at @jbhickle on Twitter or email jfisports1@gmail.com .

About JFI

I tend to think outside the box and question mainstream thinking.

2 comments on “Coaches Death Watch 2016 – A New Beginning

  1. SportsChump
    September 6, 2016

    I found this on another site. Not sure who I’d take to be honest. Maybe Del Rio is Oakland shits the bed early and often enough, which is conceivable.

    I also would like to set an over/under in what week the first coach will be fired.

    What do you think is a safe play? Six? Seven?

    Or is it realistic that one of these guys gets Joe Philbinned after Week 4? Or maybe Quinn’s a nice play. He’s getting a pretty good number.

    1 Jim Caldwell Detroit +370
    2 Mike McCoy San Diego +385
    3 Jeff Fisher Los Angeles +700
    T4 Gus Bradley Jacksonville +1100
    T4 Jason Garrett Dallas +1100
    6 Chip Kelly San Francisco +1500
    T7 Bill O’Brien Houston +1750
    T7 Chuck Pagano Indianapolis +1750
    T9 Sean Payton New Orleans +2000
    T9 Dirk Koetter Tampa Bay +2000
    T9 Mike Mularkey Tennessee +2000
    T9 Jay Gruden Washington +2000
    T13 Jack Del Rio Oakland +2500
    T13 John Fox Chicago +2500
    T13 Rex Ryan Buffalo +2500
    T13 Doug Pederson Philadelphia +2500
    17 Adam Gase Miami +3000
    18 Hue Jackson Cleveland +3300
    19 Dan Quinn Atlanta +3500
    T20 Todd Bowles New York Jets +4000
    T20 John Harbaugh Baltimore +4000
    22 Ben McAdoo New York Giants +4500
    23 Marvin Lewis Cincinnati +5000
    24 Mike Zimmer Minnesota +7500
    T25 Gary Kubiak Denver +10000
    T25 Andy Reid Kansas City +10000
    T25 Mike Tomlin Pittsburgh +10000
    T25 Ron Rivera Carolina +10000
    29 Mike McCarthy Green Bay +15000
    T30 Pete Carroll Seattle +25000
    T30 Bill Belichick New England +25000
    T30 Bruce Arians Arizona +25000

    Liked by 1 person

    • J-Dub
      September 6, 2016

      I’ll go Mike McCoy during the Chargers’ bye week (week 11).

      Liked by 1 person

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