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Breaking Down Latest 1st NFL Head Coach To Be Fired Odds

  • The Draft Network
  • September 29, 2021
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BetOnline recently updated their “first NFL head coach to be fired” odds, and they are as follows:

  • Matt Nagy (-200)
  • Joe Judge (+400)
  • Urban Meyer (+800)
  • Zac Taylor (+1200)
  • Mike Zimmer (+1400)
  • Mike Tomlin (+1600)
  • Ron Rivera (+2500)

There’s a lot to unpack with these updated odds. It certainly isn’t a surprise to see the likes of Nagy and Judge making high-ranking appearances on this list, but there are some names that strike us as rather unlikely. We've identified three coaches worth discussing.

MOST LIKELY: MATT NAGY

The Chicago Bears are coming off of one of their most embarrassing losses in recent history. Bears fans were certainly ecstatic to witness the starting debut of Justin Fields in Week 3, but Nagy’s gameplan (or lack thereof) quickly killed their excitement. Nagy refused to take the training wheels off of Fields and the rookie quarterback crawled to complete just 6-of-20 passing attempts for 68 yards. Fields’ debut resulted in a miserable 26-6 loss at the hands of the Cleveland Browns.

The Bears are currently averaging a pathetic 90 yards per game through the air, and Nagy is public enemy No. 1 in Chicago. Nagy’s fate may be tied to general manager Ryan Pace, who hired Nagy in the first place. But if Pace wants to win some favor with the fan base in an attempt to save his own job, an in-season firing of Nagy would be met with widespread acclaim by Bears faithful.

MOST INTRIGUING: MIKE ZIMMER

Zimmer has been in charge of the Vikings since the 2014 season and has largely been successful during his tenure. Zimmer has compiled an impressive record of 65-48-1 during his time as Minnesota's head honcho, but most of that success came during the early portion of his head coaching career, between 2015-17 to be specific.

Minnesota began the new campaign by playing in three hard-nosed football games, but have little to show for it, having won just one of their opening three contests. If the Vikings fail to compete for a playoff spot in what appears to be a weakened NFC North division, the writing may be on the wall for Zimmer.

NO CHANCE: MIKE TOMLIN

Yeah, this one isn’t gonna happen. Tomlin has been leading the Pittsburgh faithful since the 2007 season, which means he’s currently in his 14th season as the head man in charge. The Black and Yellow faithful hold great affection for Tomlin, and rightfully so as the Hampton, Virginia native has delivered a Super Bowl title to Pittsburgh while winning an astounding 64.8% of his games as their head coach (146-79-1).

The Steelers may be forced to rebuild in the very near future, as the 39-year-old Ben Roethlisberger looks like a quarterback whose best days are well behind him. On the surface, we understand why Tomlin makes an appearance on this list—the Steelers are sitting at 1-2 and given their current form, lack the look of a team that will turn things around in 2021—but we’d be even more surprised if Tomlin wasn’t the man to lead Pittsburgh toward a brighter future.

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