Pending Pink Slips: Jason Garrett and Dan Quinn
One of the sad truths about the NFL is the fact each year there's six or seven head coaches that get fired. It's not fun speculating who is about to lose their job but since it's become so prevalent each year, it has to be discussed.
Now that we have reached the mid-point of the NFL season, rumors begin to swirl around fanbases and the media about which coaches are on the Hot Seat. Jim Cramer and I asked MMQB's Albert Breer to share his thoughts when Breer was our guest on Thursday episode of Bull Market Fantasy.
The first coach that came Breer's mind is Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett whose contract is up at the end of the year. Breer pointed out it is very rare for a coach to enter the final year of their contract without some sort of extension. The Cowboys have three straight years of winning regular season records but have made the playoffs just three times during Garrett's ten year tenure. Garrett has a .566 winning percentage thanks to a regular season record of 81-62 but he's just 2-3 in the post-season. The Cowboys are currently in first place in the NFC East, sitting at 4-3 record but if they fail to make the playoffs, Breer points to Garrett's looming contract expiration as reason to believe team owner Jerry Jones may decide to part ways with his longtime head coach.
Another coach on the hot seat is Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. With just one win and seven losses in 2019, Atlanta has one of the worst records in the league. Unless they go on an eight game win streak after their Week 9 bye, the Falcons and Quinn would finish with a losing record for the second consecutive year. Quinn was hired in 2015, won the NFC Championship in 2016 and currently has a winning record over the course of his five years in Atlanta, but it's by a very narrow margin. In fact he's 37-35 and with the way the Falcons have performed this season, it's fair to predict his loss totals will surpass his wins by season's end.
The Dolphins and Bengals are the only teams without a win in 2019 but both franchises hired their head coaches this off-season and are unlikely to make a change after just one season. Despite bad records, the Buccaneers, Broncos, and Jets head coaches all fall into that category as well. The Redskins already fired Jay Gruden which leaves Ron Rivera in Carolina, Pat Shurmur with the Giants, Freddie Kitchens in Cleveland, and perhaps Mike Tomlin with the Steelers as the other coaches whose seat may be heating up.
What coach do you think is on the Hot Seat? Let us know in the comments below.