Coaching Hot Seat is Real and Needs to Slow Down

We can feel coaching hot seats simmer every Monday.

Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter took over the play-calling and ended up producing only three points in a 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins. Today, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin after three bad defensive performances and he plans to take over the defensive play-calling.

Last week, the Detroit Lions fired special teams coach Joe Marciano. Earlier this year, offensive coordinators Mike McCoy (Arizona) and Todd Haley (Cleveland), defensive coordinator Mike Smith (Tampa Bay) and offensive line coach Paul Alexander (Dallas Cowboys) were first. Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns was the first head coach fired.

Since the start of free agency in the early 1990s, an average of seven coaches get fired every year. It’s the impatience of owners, and I think seven is much too many. When you keep firing that many coaches, it gets more difficult to find replacements.


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