With four weeks left in the NFL regular season, the league already finds itself with two coaching vacancies for 2022 amid unusual circumstances.
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired Urban Meyer on Wednesday night, calling an abrupt end to a year filled with missteps and controversies. And in October, Jon Gruden resigned from his position with the Las Vegas Raiders after The New York Times and Wall Street Journal revealed his past usage of racist, homophobic and misogynistic language in emails.
It’s a good bet, however, that more openings could open up – and possibly in short order. With the NFL approving a new rule allowing for head-coaching candidates to be interviewed in the last two weeks of the season, teams have additional incentive to make moves early if they know they won’t retain their current staff.
Here’s our look at the current NFL head coaches with questionable job security entering Week 15, along with a 1-10 ranking of how hot their seat is (1 being the safest, 10 being the hottest):
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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy reacts in the fourth quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Nagy stands alone as the one figure on this list whose dismissal at the end of the season feels like a foregone conclusion. After backing into the playoffs last year courtesy of the newly expanded field, the coach already entered 2021 having exhausted any good will following the offense’s extended struggles throughout the tail end of the failed Mitchell Trubisky project. Nagy’s fourth year has gone off the rails, with 4-9 Chicago already having sealed his first losing campaign and the 31st-ranked offense floundering throughout the season.
Hot seat ranking: 9. Even though rumors of his imminent dismissal around…