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You Can Bet on Who Will be the First NFL Coach Fired

  • has posted odds on Who Will Be the First NFL Coach to Be Fired this season.
  • The current favorites to be fired first are Jay Gruden (Redskins) +316, Pat Shurmur (Giants) +738 and Matt Patricia (Lions) +998
  • The ‘safest’ coach is Bill Belichick (Patriots) +20000

It didn’t take long for the first coach to get fired last season. After another poor start to the season, Cleveland parted ways with Hue Jackson at the midway point of its campaign. Jackson had gone 1-31 in his previous two seasons at the helm of the Browns, so it wasn’t a difficult choice to move on after a 2-5-1 start. A month later, Green Bay fired Mike McCarthy, and by the end of the season, eight teams had decided to go in a different direction.


Teams no longer wait until the end of the season to fire a head coach, and you can be sure that at least one team will sack its coach before January.

Who Will be the First Coach Fired in 2019?

Jay Gruden (Redskins) +316
Pat Shurmur (Giants) +738
Matt Patricia (Lions) +998
Doug Marrone (Jaguars) +1261
Dan Quinn (Falcons) +1353
Bill O’Brien (Texans) +1441
Mike Zimmer (Vikings) +1860
Ron Rivera (Panthers) +1909
Adam Gase (Jets) +2074
Brian Flores (Dolphins) +2074
Jason Garrett (Cowboys) +2074
Matt LaFleur (Packers) +2145
Mike Tomlin (Steelers) +2155
Kliff Kingsbury (Cardinals) +2617
Anthony Lynn (Chargers) +3166
Freddie Kitchens (Browns) +3166
Mike Vrabel (Titans) +3166
Sean McDermott (Bills) +3166
Pete Carroll (Seahawks) +3588
Kyle Shanahan (49ers) +3727
Vic Fangio (Broncos) +4000
Bruce Arians (Buccaneers) +6000
John Harbaugh (Ravens) +6000
Jon Gruden (Raiders) +6000
Zac Taylor (Bengals) +6000
Frank Reich (Colts) +8500
Matt Nagy (Bears) +8500
Sean Payton (Saints) +8500
Andy Reid (Chiefs) +12000
Doug Pederson (Eagles) +12000
Sean McVay (Rams) +12000
Bill Belichick (Patriots) +20000
No Coach Fired +1229

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Our Picks for First NFL Coach to be Fired

Jay Gruden (Redskins) +316

The oddsmakers have made Jay Gruden the favorite to be fired first this season. Gruden is on thin ice in Washington although many of the franchise’s problems are not the result of his coaching prowess. The front office has been an absolute mess under Bruce Allen, and it looks like owner Dan Snyder is willing to part ways with another head coach rather than fix the problem at the top. To his credit, Gruden understands this, and he has even joked with the media that he will be fired if the Redskins don’t make the playoffs this season.

While Gruden is likely to be fired, there is no value in him to be fired first. His odds are incredibly low compared to other coaches, and I don’t believe Snyder will fire him until the final few weeks of the season.

Pat Shurmur (Giants) +738 and Matt Patricia (Lions) +998

A pair of second-year head coaches are the next two favorites on the list. Pat Shurmur and Matt Patricia have been harangued extensively by local media, and both teams look set to struggle again this season. It’s unlikely the Lions cut bait on Patricia this soon unless they are abysmal or there is a scandal, and I’m skeptical that Giants GM Dave Gettleman will fire Pat Shurmur since Gettleman hand-picked Shurmur and the team is in a transitional phase.

Bill O’Brien (Texans) +1441

My two favorite plays on the board are two of the mid-tier candidates. Houston’s Bill O’Brien is the team’s acting general manager following Brian Gaine’s firing in early June, but ownership might want to blow everything up if the Texans get off to a poor start this season. Cal McNair may want to put his mark on the franchise now that he is running the show, and that could spell the end for O’Brien.

Jason Garrett (Cowboys) +2074

The best play though is an oldie. How many times have we seen Jason Garrett atop the list of coaches to be fired? Garrett has been dancing on a knife’s edge throughout this decade, but Jerry Jones may finally be ready to pull the trigger if the team gets off to a rough start. That’s certainly a possibility with Ezekiel Elliott holding out, and Dallas wasn’t as good as its record indicated last year. The Cowboys have a relatively easy first six weeks, but if they stumble, Garrett could become the favorite.

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Jake Flynn
Jake Flynn
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