Safe or gone? Projecting every NFL team’s head coach status heading into 2022 offseason

Heading into the final month of the 2021 NFL season, one thing that Chicago Bears fans are looking forward to is head coach Matt Nagy’s impending firing.

But it’s not likely to happen before season’s end given the Bears have never fired a head coach mid-season, even though there would be certain benefits to doing so.

With a new rule that NFL teams can interview coaching candidates in the final two weeks of the regular season, it wouldn’t a surprise to see some other teams, including Chicago, join Jacksonville and Las Vegas in their early coaching search.

But the Bears won’t be the only team that will be parting ways with their head coach. We’re projecting every NFL team’s head coaching status heading into the 2022 offseason, from safe to on the hot seat to likely gone.

Arizona Cardinals | HC Kliff Kingsbury

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Status: Safe

Kliff Kingsbury has taken this Cardinals team to missing the playoffs last season to competing for the top seed in the NFC this year. There’s no concern with Kingsbury.

Atlanta Falcons | HC Arthur Smith

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Status: Safe

Arthur Smith inherited a Falcons team that’s expected to be rebuilding in the next few years. It’ll still be another couple of years before Smith is on the hot seat, if Atlanta hasn’t improved.

Baltimore Ravens | HC John Harbaugh

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Status: Safe

While John Harbaugh was on the hot seat before drafting Lamar Jackson three years ago, that certainly isn’t the case now as his Ravens are atop the AFC North and poised for a return to the postseason.

Buffalo Bills | HC Sean McDermott

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Status: Safe

The Bills have gone from irrelevant to Super Bowl contenders over the last couple of years, and Sean McDermott is a big reason why. Even with Buffalo’s recent struggles, this team is poised to compete in the AFC playoffs.

Carolina Panthers | HC Matt Rhule

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Status: Likely gone

The idea of Matt Rhule on the…


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