Coaches on the Hot Seat

By Chris Malumphy

The 2019 NFL season is about to begin and a few coaches are already on the hot seat. The Redskins' Jay Gruden and Jaguars' Doug Marrone are chief among them as is the Giants' Pat Shumur. Those are three of the four current NFL head coaches who have three or more years of head coaching experience and have losing career records. The fourth member of that group, the Jets' Adam Gase, gets a pass, of sorts, since he just joined the team this season. Overall, just seven of the 32 head coaches have losing career records. The other three are: the Bills Sean McDermott, the Lions' Matt Patricia and the 49ers Kyle Shanahan, who have only two, one and two years under their belts, respectively. They too should be feeling the heat, but maybe not so much. With six first-time head coaches entering the 2019 season, that leaves 19 of the 32 head coaches with winning career records including 10 with records over .600. The competition is stiff in a field where winning is everything.

2019 Head Coach Records
CoachCareerCurrent Tenure2018
Sean McVay24800.7502017Rams24800.75013300.813
Matt Nagy12400.7502018Bears12400.75012400.750
Bill Belichick26112300.6802000Patriots2257900.74011500.688
Mike Tomlin1256610.6542007Steelers1256610.6549610.594
Anthony Lynn211200.6362017Chargers211100.65612400.750
Frank Reich10600.6252018Colts10600.62510600.625
Bruce Arians49
Sean Payton1187400.6152006Saints1187400.61513300.813
Andy Reid19512410.6112013Chiefs653100.67712400.750
Doug Pederson291900.6042016Eagles291900.6049700.563
Mike Zimmer473210.5942014Vikings473210.5948710.531
John Harbaugh1047200.5912008Ravens1047200.59110600.625
Pete Carroll1228510.5892010Seahawks895410.62210600.625
Jason Garrett775900.5662010Cowboys775900.56610600.625
Mike Vrabel9700.5632018Titans9700.5639700.563
Dan Quinn362800.5632015Falcons362800.5637900.438
Ron Rivera715610.5592011Panthers715610.5597900.438
Bill O'Brien423800.5252014Texans423800.52511500.688
Jon Gruden999300.5162018Raiders41200.25041200.250
Adam Gase232500.4792019Jets    7900.438
Doug Marrone313500.4702016Jaguars161800.47151100.313
Sean McDermott151700.4692017Bills151700.46961000.375
Jay Gruden354410.4442014Redskins354410.4447900.438
Matt Patricia61000.3752018Lions61000.37561000.375
Kyle Shanahan102200.313201749ers102200.31341200.250
Pat Shurmur153400.3062018Giants51100.31351100.313
Vic Fangio    2019Broncos        
Brian Flores    2019Dolphins        
Kliff Kingsbury    2019Cardinals        
Freddie Kitchens    2019Browns        
Matt LaFleur    2019Packers        
Zac Taylor    2019Bengals        
* Includes Arians' 9-3 record with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 while filling in for Coach Chuck Pagano who was battling cancer. The NFL has attributed that record to Pagano even though he was not on the sidelines for those games.