First NFL Head Coach Fired Betting Lines for 2017: Who’s Your Pick?
Who will be the First NFL Head Coach Fired?
The Cleveland Browns are in for a long, painful season. The New York Jets may be lucky to win two games all year long and the Chicago Bears, well let’s just say it’ll be another NFL campaign without playoff football. This unfortunately means the jobs for some head coaches will be at stake as there is a price to pay for suffering through a losing season.
Which NFL head coach will lose their job first?
Oddsmakers with BetOnline have the Jets’ Todd Bowles as the +150 frontrunner to get gassed before any other head coach this season. We break down the top candidates likely to be fired first during the 2017 NFL season, with odds courtesy of BetOnline.
Todd Bowles (+150)
With a total wins projection of 3.5, it’s obvious the New York Jets will be among the bottom feeders in the AFC this season. That will leave Todd Bowles on thin ice as he tries to carry the lowly Jets to their first playoff appearance since the 2010-11 season when the club reached the AFC Championship. As bad as the Jets have been since Bowles took over as head coach in 2015, the former Super Bowl champion holds an overall record of 17-18 in New York.
However, expect those losses to mount in what is going to be a very frustrating year for Jets Nation, which in turn could cost Bowles his job as head coach this season.
Hue Jackson (+500)
Anyone that sports a 9-23 record as a head coach in the National Football League should be on a short leash. Hue Jackson, the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, led the club a dreadful 1-15 record in 2016 — the worst in the entire league.
There’s only room for improvement but the Browns are expected to be equally as bad or even worse, if that’s believable. The Browns’ projected win total is set at 4.5, but that’s asking a lot from a club that mustered one victory last season. Also take into consideration the Browns are trying to figure out who will start at quarterback — Cody Kessler or Brock Osweiler.
John Fox (+800)
It’s a fresh start for Chicago Bears head coach John Fox, who will try to rebound from a 3-13 record last season. The Jay Cutler era is finally over in Chicago, which means Fox will likely be the scape goat should the Bears falter early and often.
The Bears’ projected win total is 5.5 but don’t expect the club to double its overall victories from last season. Anything short of that may be enough to put Fox on the hot seat in 2017, but he won’t likely be the first NFL coach to get the axe.
Jim Caldwell (+1000)
It seems like the Detroit Lions head coach has been on thin ice for the last couple seasons. Don’t expect that to change in 2017 as the Lions aren’t expected to challenge for an NFC North crown. The Lions had the division in control before a late-season collapse watched the club slip to second place behind Green Bay. Entering his fourth season as Lions head coach, Caldwell owns a respectable 27-21 regular season record but he hasn’t been able to deliver when it matters most — playoff time.
Sean Payton (+2000)
Every NFL coach has a shelf life, but Sean Payton’s seems to keep on going. The New Orleans Saints’ head coach owns a regular-season record of 94-66, but coming off seven-win campaign in 2016, it may be a sign of things to come for the Saints.
The club went out and signed star running back Adrian Peterson, but that is patch work to mask the team’s defensive woes. Payton is well respected in New Orleans so if he were to get fired, they would likely do it when the season ends.
Sean McDermott (+2500)
There were signs of hope in Buffalo when Sean McDermott took over for Rex Ryan for the 2017 season. But with an unproven starting quarterback, the Buffalo Bills will continue to rely heavily on the run game — a tactic opposing teams have figured out quickly.
Factor in a questionable trade in which the Bills dealt No. 1 receiver Sammy Watkins, it looks like it’s going to be another disappointing season in Buffalo. However, McDermott is in his first season so it’s unlikely he’ll get fired at all.Pick Jim Caldwell (+1000) BetOnline
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