The NFL’s offseason coaching carousel doesn’t have a chance to rival the turn of events that rocked the college landscape this week.
But it won’t be dull.
There will be plenty of movement, and some of the league’s premier franchises could be changing their coaching hierarchy after the season. There have been an average of 6.9 coaching changes over the last 10 offseasons, with a high of eight (after the 2012 and 2018 seasons) and a low of five (after 2019).
Sticking with those averages, here’s a list of seven coaches who might be fighting to keep their jobs over the final month of the season.
It’s never a plus when the owner is compelled to announce that he’s not firing the coach four games into his contract.
Meyer embarrassed himself and the Jaguars when he didn’t fly home with the team after the Week 4 loss to the Bengals and instead remained in Ohio to do whatever it was that he was photographed doing. That’s not a unique opinion but the consensus around the league, and owner Shad Khan’s straightforward statement left no doubt about his feelings on the matter.
However, the Jaguars are 2-9, and they’re probably overachieving so it’s not all bad for Meyer’s case to get a second season. They’ve beaten the Dolphins and Bills, and three of their last six losses have been by one possession, so they’re at least competitive. Meyer deserves credit for that.
The on-field results are one thing, though. It comes down to what Khan is feeling in the building. Is No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence developing? Are any of the veterans enticed to stick around, and beyond that, recruit their peers to sign in Jacksonville in free agency? Or is this team just built on the mystique of Lawrence’s potential?
Khan will have a crucial decision to make a month from now.
This feels like a longer shot than most of the names on this list, but the Seahawks are 3-8 and completely lost on offense – to the point where it’s almost expected quarterback Russell Wilson will again cause a stir about an offseason trade.
Carroll controls the personnel, and the recent drafting has been an issue. The Seahawks have one playoff victory since 2017, and they haven’t been to the NFC Championship Game in seven years.