NFL coaches fired: Jon Gruden out, who will be next coach fired?
The 2021 season is underway and that means the coaching hot seat is starting back up with a new wave of names who will be among the next NFL coaches fired.
Change is inevitable in the National Football League as organizations set higher standards for excellence and patience wears thin. While change is expected, no one saw the Jon Gruden story coming. He became the first of the NFL coaches fired, but he won’t be the last.
With that in mind, let’s examine the head coaches who could be fired by the end of the 2021 season.
NFL coaches fired
Jon Gruden, Las Vegas Raiders (resigned)
Gruden, who signed a 10-year, $100 million contract in 2018, came under fire before Week 5 after the Wall Street Journal reported the iconic coach used racially charged language when referring to NFLPA executive DeMaurice Smith in 2011. He later apologized for the email, which was sent when he worked for ESPN, saying it came at a time of great frustration.Also Read:
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The emails were obtained as part of the NFL’s investigation into the Washington Football Team. On Oct. 11, the New York Times reported there were additional emails from 2011-2018, containing sexist, homophobic, misogynistic and racist language aimed at commission Roger Goodell and others within the league.
Shortly after the story broke, Gruden resigned from his position. The Raiders have named Rich Bisaccia as their interim coach.
NFL coaches on the hot seat: Who will be the next NFL coach fired?
Urban Meyer, Jacksonville Jaguars
It was easy to see this coming from a mile away. The Jacksonville Jaguars thought they struck gold with Urban Meyer, basically ignoring the search process because they only wanted one guy. As we’ve already seen, getting locked on to a coach with zero NFL experience can backfire.Also Read:
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Meyer hired his friend Chris Doyle months into the job, despite multiple claims from Iowa of his racism towards student-athletes. While Doyle resigned a day later, following the backlash, it showed Meyer’s naivety for how many things won’t be tolerated in the NFL. Naturally, Meyer followed that up with the failed Tim Tebow experiment, fines for violating the NFL’s practice rules, he is treating NFL players like college athletes and creating additional concerns.
Keep in mind, Meyer was among our favorites to be one of the first NFL coaches fired before the video came out. Now he has lost what little respect he had left from the locker room. While he is no longer winless, it would still be a surprise if Meyer isn’t among the NFL coaches fired after the season.Also Read:
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Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears should have fired Matt Nagy this past offseason. But he, along with general manager Ryan Pace, survived because the team went on a late winning streak to sneak them into the playoffs. But Chicago based its decision off wins against the likes of the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars and they are paying the price for it now.Also Read:
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In the last three seasons, Nagy’s record sits at 19-19 and the offense has gotten worse with each passing year. He is hurting the development of Justin Fields , the player this franchise needs to build around. When did Fields start getting more comfortable as a starter? When Nagy gave play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Nagy serves no purpose to this team.
Vic Fangio, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio narrowly avoided being one of the NFL coaches fired this past offseason. Entering the summer on the hot seat, a 3-0 start to the season injected hope into the organization. The optimism is quickly fading away.
Facing legitimate NFL competition, instead of opponents like the Giants, Jaguars and New York Jets, the Broncos have crumbled. Four consecutive losses, getting outscored 101-64 and losing twice at home. Denver still has to face the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers (twice), Kansas City Chiefs (twice) and Cincinnati Bengals this year.Also Read:
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Realistically, the Broncos are headed for seven wins. It could be worse than that considering this defense was just shredded by a Browns’ lineup filled with backups. Start the countdown, it’s a matter of weeks until Fangio is gone. Besides, Denver might want a head-coaching vacancy to hire Nathaniel Hackett before pursuing an Aaron Rodgers trade.
Joe Judge, New York Giants
Maybe there’s a reason everyone questioned the New York Giants for hiring Joe Judge out of nowhere. Off the consensus list of NFL coaching candidates, many were stunned when New York chose the New England Patriots’ special-teams coordinator. Unsurprisingly, another attempt at finding the next Bill Belichick is failing.
- Joe Judge record: 7-15
Treating professional athletes like they are still in college or high school almost never works. We’re also not seeing any change or growth in his second season. New York averaged 5.1 penalties per game in 2020 and is averaging 7.7 this year. Judge doesn’t understand how analytics should be used and it’s hard to see this team winning more than six games in 2021. Yet, ownership won’t change their ways and that might make him safe.Also Read:
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Unfortunately for the fans, this is headed in a predictable outcome. New York fires Gettleman in 2022 and brings in a new general manager. But the Mara family won’t let the new executive make the coaching decision, requiring Judge hangs around another year. Fast forward to October 2022, we’ll be talking about why Judge needs to be among the NFL coaches fired in the next cycle.
Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings
The most accomplished name among our candidates for NFL coaches fired, Mike Zimmer seems to be dealing with some pressure from ownership. Following a 7-9 season, the Vikings got off to a slow start and every win to get back to the 3-3 record has come down to the wire.
- Mike Zimmer record: 67-50-1, 2-3 in NFL Playoffs
But the focus on Meyer isn’t strictly on the regular season. Minnesota is in a short window and we’re not even thinking about them as a Super Bowl contender. If this team doesn’t make the playoffs or gets knocked out immediately, Zimmer could be in trouble.Also Read:
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Who will be the next NFL coaches fired?
- 1. Urban Meyer
- 2. Vic Fangio
- 3. Joe Judge
- 4. Mike Zimmer
- 5. Brian Flores
NFL coaches fired: How many head coaches were fired last season?
- Bill O’Brien, head coach/general manager, Houston Texans
- Dan Quinn, head coach, Atlanta Falcons
- Matt Patricia, head coach, Detroit Lions
- Adam Gase, head coach, New York Jets
- Doug Marrone, head coach, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Anthony Lynn, head coach, Los Angeles Chargers
- Doug Pederson, head coach, Philadelphia Eagles