We’re hardly into the 2020 season, but quite a few teams are off to underwhelming starts. It’s only natural that some coaches of losing teams will be on short leashes moving forward. We’ll go over the coaches who early front-runners to get fired before the year is up.
Dan Quinn: Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta’s offense has been outstanding so far, but poor game management and defense caused the Falcons to blow a 20-point lead against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2. Atlanta has given up 744 passing yards en route to an 0-2 record. Only the Seahawks have given up more yards through the air this season. Quinn is lucky the NFC South appears to be wide open for now, but Atlanta needs to get on a winning streak soon.
Matt Patricia: Detroit Lions
The Lions are off to an 0-2 start and haven’t made the playoffs since Patricia took over in 2018. He’s had his fair share of bad luck, as Matthew Stafford missed half of last season with a back injury and a slew of injuries to defensive backs and wide receivers have made achieving success in 2020 difficult. However, it’s unacceptable for a “defensive specialist” like Patricia fail to make a significant impact. The Lions excel through the air, but have had one of the worst defenses in the NFL for a while.
Bill O’Brien: Houston Texans
O’Brien doubles as Houston’s general manager and his decision to trade DeAndre Hopkins is backfiring on him. The Texans have lost to two good teams — the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens — so far and will face the Pittsburgh Steelers’ stingy defense in Week 3. Getting off to an 0-3 start in a shaky division won’t mean the end for Houston, but the Tennessee Titans could run away with the AFC South if the Texans don’t step it up. O’Brien’s questionable play-calling against the Ravens was costly, and he’ll have to be smarter against tough opponents.
Adam Gase: New York Jets
The Jets didn’t have Le’Veon Bell or Jamison Crowder in their Week 2 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers and dropped to 0-2 on the year as well. Gase’s seat isn’t as hot as the aforementioned coaches because he’s only in his second season with the Jets. New York is a very unforgiving city, and fans are waiting for Sam Darnold to show his potential. The Jets have faced two of the better defenses in the NFL and will have a chance to bounce back against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3. The fan base will only grow angrier with Gase if Jets drop to 3-0.