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NFL Week 10 Hot Seat Rankings: Doug Marrone and the Jaguars Are the NFL’s Great Disgrace

Doug Marrone once had the Jacksonville Jaguars a few minutes shy of making the Super Bowl.

Now, Marrone looks to be in his final weeks with the Jaguars. Jacksonville has lost seven straight games since a Week 1 upset of Philip Rivers and the Colts.

As the Jacksonville Jaguars prepare for a Week 10 showdown with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, Marrone leads the Week 10 NFL hot seat rankings.

These coaches could be fired tomorrow

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Adam Gase, New York Jets: The Jets played their best game of the season in Week 9, nearly upsetting Cam Newton and the Patriots. New England rallied in the fourth quarter and pushed the Jets to 0-9. Adam Gase should at least be proud of how his offense played with the immortal Joe Flacco and a healthy receiving group.

Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles Chargers: Fourteen of the Chargers’ last 17 losses dating back to last season have been by eight points or fewer. The Chargers are so close to breaking through, but it looks like it won’t be under Anthony Lynn when they do. 

Doug Marrone, Jacksonville Jaguars: If Syracuse parts ways with Dino Babers after the season, Doug Marrone may want to consider returning to upstate New York. Jacksonville has returned to being among the most dysfunctional and disgraceful franchises among the last three seasons. 

Of the four coaches in this category, Marrone should be considered the favorite to be relieved before Week 17.

Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions: Remember when the Lions’ last-second victory over the Falcons in Week 7 pushed Detroit to 3-3? The Lions have lost two straight and are still making mind-boggling errors.

Their seat is warming up

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Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones continues to publicly vouch for McCarthy. However, talk is cheap, and the injury-plagued Cowboys — now without rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs — have too many ugly losses this year in a weak NFC East Division.

McCarthy will likely remain on this list for the entire season. 

Vic Fangio, Denver Broncos: Second-year quarterback Drew Lock has thrown five touchdowns and two interceptions across the last two weeks. If Lock ends the season strong and wins a few more games, Fangio could earn one more year at the helm.

Wait and see what happens

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Raheem Morris, Atlanta Falcons interim head coach: The Atlanta Falcons may not need to look far for their next head coach. Atlanta is 3-1 under Morris — and if not for Todd Gurley’s gaffe in Week 7, could be an even 4-0.

At this point, Morris is certainly making his case to earn the Falcons’ full-time position. We’ll keep him in the “wait and see” category until Atlanta officially announces what they intend to do next year.   

Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals: Cincinnati plays at the 8-0 Steelers on Sunday afternoon. If the Bengals pull off the upset, Taylor could slide into the “safe for now” category.

The coach is safe … for now

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Bill Belichick, New England Patriots: Belichick, who turns 69 next April, is on this list until he officially announces his plans for 2021. 

Joe Judge, New York Giants: If Joe Judge wants to cement himself as the Giants’ head coach for next year, he needs to have a winning streak. Beating the inconsistent Eagles at home would definitely help Judge’s case. 

Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota, led by star running back Dalvin Cook, suddenly has jumped back into the NFC playoff picture. The more games that Minnesota wins, the more comfortable Zimmer should feel about next year. 

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