Black Monday can’t come soon enough for Adam Gase and the New York Jets.
That day refers to the Monday immediately after the NFL regular season ends, which in this case, is Jan. 4, 2021. By that point, Gase — who has turned the New York Jets into a laughing stock — will likely be looking for a new job.
Gase isn’t the only head coach on the hot seat right now. Let’s examine which NFL head coaches might want to start working on their résumés in the coming weeks.
These coaches could be fired tomorrow
The following NFL head coaches are all but guaranteed to be looking for new jobs when the 2020 season ends. In fact, their teams could fire them before the season ends.
Adam Gase, New York Jets: Gase may not even make it to Week 17 at this rate. The Jets’ offense has been a disaster — which raises the question of how Gase ever earned a reputation as a “quarterback whisperer” — and this team needs to start over.
Although the Jets are considered the favorites to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in April, he shouldn’t expect to play under Gase.
Doug Marrone, Jacksonville Jaguars: Jacksonville reached the AFC championship game in January 2018 and looked competitive early the next season. Since then, though, things have turned from bad to worse in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars have lost six straight games since a Week 1 upset of Philip Rivers and the Colts.
Their seat is warming up
The following NFL head coaches need a strong performance in the next few weeks to save their jobs. There are various reasons, however, why they are not considered locks to be fired right now.
Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones usually gives his head coaches at least three seasons, so McCarthy isn’t a guaranteed lock to be fired right now. Although McCarthy will get a pass on how many Cowboys have been injured, he doesn’t get a break on the team’s cultural and defensive struggles.
Jones turned 78 on October 13. He wouldn’t be faulted if he fired McCarthy in hopes of finding a replacement who can bring Dallas another Super Bowl title in Jones’ lifetime.
Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings: Zimmer is 58-43-1 in seven seasons with the Vikings and hasn’t had a losing season since going 7-9 in 2014. Minnesota is 1-5, though, and Zimmer could be the scapegoat for those failures.
Zimmer turns 65 next June, so he could always retire when this season ends. Minnesota may think highly of Zimmer, but the franchise may need new — and younger — blood on the sidelines.
Wait and see what happens
The following NFL head coaches are in wait-and-see mode. They could be casualties of Black Monday, or they could survive for another season. How their teams perform to close the season will be instrumental in saving their jobs.
Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles Chargers: Los Angeles has played much better than their 2-4 record indicates. Their competitive nature and how well rookie quarterback Justin Herbert has played could earn Lynn one more season in Los Angeles.
Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions: Patricia appeared guaranteed to lose his job, but Detroit is 3-3 and in shape to make a run at the NFC’s seventh seed. Would eight wins be enough to save Patricia, or does he need to reach the playoffs?
Vic Fangio, Denver Broncos: Injuries have ravished Denver’s depth, which might protect Fangio for another year. If he makes it to 2021, though, there may be no coach in the league with a hotter seat.
Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals may want a new coach to lead Cincinnati into the future with Joe Burrow under center. Cincinnati is an ugly 3-19-1 in Taylor’s two seasons. Of those 19 losses, eleven have been by eight points or less.
The coach is safe … for now
The following NFL head coaches are considered safe for now. There is always a chance the teams could part ways with them in the offseason, but it is trending that they will keep their position going into 2021.
Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles: Pederson is three seasons removed from a Super Bowl victory and hasn’t missed the playoffs since his debut season in 2016. Philadelphia has struggled this year, but they’re the most talented team in an ugly NFC East right now.
Joe Judge, New York Giants: Injuries and COVID-19 opt-outs greatly affected the Giants’ chances at a winning season before the year began. Unlike counterpart Adam Gase, Judge deserves another year at the helm, although the team needs to start winning games and click on offense.