Tha Sports Junkies 101

TSJ-101 Editor’s Edition: Top-5 NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat

Jeff Fisher


After a 4-9 start Jeff Fisher is the first NFL coach to be fired. The list of fired coaches will no doubt increase within the next several weeks.

One week ago, the Los Angeles Rams signed Jeff Fisher a two-year extension. After a 42-14 shellacking at home to the Atlanta Falcons, Rams management reneged on the deal and now Fisher is out. Every cloud has a silver lining however, but Fisher is one loss short of passing Dan Reeves as the most losing coach in NFL history. In five seasons, Fisher compiled a 31-45-1 record with the franchise. Overall, Fisher has a coaching record of 173-165-1. Sure its a winning record, but in 22 seasons, Jeff Fisher has only six winning seasons. That last season occurred in 2008 when the Tennessee Titans went 13-3 in 2008.

There are several other coaches that are on the hot seat and appeared headed towards the same fate as the aforementioned Jeff Fisher.

  • Rex Ryan: Ryan has a career record of 60-65 and only two winning seasons in eight years, and those were his first two seasons with the New York Jets. Currently Rex Ryan is 6-7 but a loss to the 0-12 Cleveland Browns next week could be the end of Ryan in Buffalo. Unlike Fisher, Ryan is uncertain of his future.


  • Marvin Lewis: There really is no logical explanation for Lewis to spend another year as the head man in Cincinnati. The Bengals were Super Bowl contenders before the season started but to say the Bengales have underachieved is an understatement. Cincinnati is 5-7-1 and are out of playoff contention within the AFC. The knock on Lewis is his 0-7 playoff record, with five straight first round exits from 2011-15. After failing to make the playoffs in 2016, I’d be shocked if Paul Brown kept Lewis in Northern Ohio.


  • Gus Bradley: The Jacksonville Jaguars were also believed to be on of the more improved teams in the NFL in the preseason. Blake Bortles was supposed to evolve as a franchise quarterback and Bradley’s upgraded defense was thought to be improved. Unfortunately neither has happened for Bradley and the Jags. Sunday’s 25-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Gus Bradley set a record with the worst winning percentage in NFL history.


  • Chip Kelly: After a win on opening night of Monday Night Football against the Rams. the 49ers have lost 11 straight games but Kelly hasn’t been given much to work with. General Manager Trent Baalke deserves the blame for this season however. Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick were the only options at quarterback. Kelly has gotten very little from his draft class and the roster lacks talent. San Fran is 29th in total offense and last in total defense.


  • Mike McCoy: McCoy and the San Diego Chargers last made the playoffs in 2013 where he compiled a 1-1 record. The Chargers are 18-27 since then and are last in the AFC West at 5-8. With rumors of the franchise relocating to Los Angeles, ownership may look to begin a new chapter with a new head coach.

Honorable Mention: Todd Bowles, Hue Jackson, John Fox, Chuck Pagano