With Black Monday fast approaching, it’s time to look at what NFL coaches will get the ax and who may step in as a potential replacement. We have already seen three coaches fired during the season, and five more could be out of work on Monday.
I am here to help you bring some clarity to the coaching situation. Here are the five coaches that will be out of work on Monday and my pick as to who will take their place:
1. Adam Gase – New York Jets
It’s astonishing to everyone that Gase has lasted this long. The Jets have been awful under his leadership. Quarterback Sam Darnold has not made the improvements you want to see from a third-year quarterback.
The Jets are 9-22 with Gase at the helm and, after losing to the Patriots on Sunday, will be 9-23. Gase should be the first to be fired. No reason to wait and prolong the agony for Jets fans.
Joe Brady would be the perfect coach for the Jets. Brady is the offensive mastermind that helped LSU put up record-breaking numbers in 2019 on their way to a national championship.
Brady has the Panthers averaging 24 points a game and 360 yards of offense a game. All this without Christian McCaffrey, one of the best offensive playmakers in the game. McCaffrey has been out most of the season with various injuries.
With the Jet’s offense last in the NFL, an offensive mind like Brady would be a perfect fit in the big apple.
2. Doug Marrone – Jacksonville Jaguars
With the Jaguars in full rebuild mode, there is no reason to keep Marrone. The Jaguars fired GM David Caldwell at the end of November, and Marrone is just a lame-duck coach riding out the season.
Marrone took over with two games left in the 2016 season and has had one season above .500. Marrone is 23-42 at Jacksonville, and it’s time for a new voice in the Jaguars locker room.
Urban Meyer who has not coached since the 2018 season at Ohio State, has been heavily rumored to be the guy that the Jaguars are eyeing to be their next coach. Meyer shut down the conversation when his name was mentioned as a potential candidate to be the Texas Longhorns head coach.
Does Meyer want to coach in the NFL? We don’t know. What we do know is Meyer is an excellent coach. He will put a good staff together and hold his players accountable. Will he be able to withstand the pressure of coaching in the NFL?
My guess is yes. Jacksonville is not a place where 50 reporters are going to be analyzing every move you make. It won’t be nearly as intense as coaching Ohio State or the Florida Gators.
Meyer would need some time, as the Jaguars are a mess. Meyer deserves a five-year deal to see what kind of magic he can work and bring the Jaguars back to respectability.
3. Doug Pederson – Philadelphia Eagles
How Pederson has handled the quarterback situation will cost him his job. Carson Wentz is broken, and Pederson cannot fix him. Wentz has had some injuries, but he has not been the same quarterback since Frank Reich left to become the head coach in Indianapolis.
Pederson did bring the Eagles a Super Bowl, but his time is over in Philadelphia. Pederson’s clock management and in-game decisions have left football fans everywhere scratching their heads.
Brian Daboll, offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, would be a perfect coach in Philadelphia. No one has done a better job of developing a young quarterback than what Daboll has done with Josh Allen. Allen could even get a vote or two for MVP. His performance has been that good. Daboll has the Bills averaging 29.1 points and 386.7 yards per game this season, after averaging 19.6 points and 345.6 total yards per game in 2019.
4. Anthony Lynn – Los Angeles Chargers
This is the second consecutive year that the Chargers have underperformed. The lone bright spot this season has been the play of Rookie of the Year candidate quarterback Justin Herbert.
Yes, the Chargers have had injuries just like a lot of other teams have had to overcome. But Lynn is a very poor game manager and, just like Doug Pederson in Philly, leaves a lot to be desired on game day.
Eric Beinemy, offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, would be an upgrade over Anthony Lynn. This would also add a little juice to the Chiefs-Chargers rivalry, which has been dormant for a few years.
We can all see what Bieniemy has done with Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City. Justin Herbert is one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL, and Beienmey would take his game to new heights. Better coaching and a fully healthy team could put the Chargers back in the hunt for the AFC West Championship.
Bieniemy will be the most sought-after candidate this off-season. The rumor mill has Bieniemy going to Houston, but other teams will go after him just as hard.
5. Vic Fangio – Denver Broncos
Not sure who has been more of a disappointment in Denver. Vic Fangio as a coach, or John Elway as general manager.
Elway has not been able to pick a quarterback for the franchise since Peyton Manning retired. That has hurt the Broncos on the field. Elway is not a patient guy, and his patience is about to run out on Fangio.
Fangio is 12-19 as he finishes his second season in Denver. The Broncos have taken a step back in Fangio’s second season, and the best they can do is 6-10, most likely 5-11.
The Broncos should go hard after Jim Harbaugh the head coach at the University of Michigan. Harbaugh is not the right fit for Michigan and will never be successful there. People have quickly forgotten that Harbaugh was an excellent NFL coach and took the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl in his third season. Harbaugh has a 44-19-1 record as an NFL head coach.
He would undoubtedly excite the fan base in Denver and would make the team respectable again.
Here are my hot picks for the other teams looking for head coaches:
- Robert Saleh ends up in Detroit
- Raheem Morris will stay in Atlanta as the head coach
- The Texans will hire Marvin Lewis