We are jumping right into the stretch run of the 2019 NFL season, and, as is always the case around this time of year, a plethora of head coaches around the league will be coaching for their jobs.
Whether you agree with it or not, it appears as though Dan Quinn, Adam Gase and Pat Shurmur are all safe as of this writing given the backing of their front offices.
However, some other coaches won't be lucky enough to make it until the end of the campaign.
4. Freddie Kitchens
Are we really supposed to throw a party for the Browns because they defeated the Bills and Steelers at home? Cleveland is the most undisciplined team in the NFL as they've compiled a league-leading 112 penalties for a league-worst 882 yards. Even when the Browns win they lose as the talk of last week's victory over Pittsburgh was Myles Garrett clubbing Mason Rudolph over the head with his helmet. Did we mention that Kitchens' red zone efficiency and clock management skills are putrid? Cleveland's remaining schedule bodes well for Kitchens' future, but if they falter, expect him to be shown the door.
3. Doug Marrone
Remember when Nick Foles' return was supposed to snap the Jaguars out of their tailspin? Well, that turned out to be anything but the case as they were humiliated 33-13 by the Colts. That L marked Jacksonville's fourth in six games and their only wins during that span have come against the lowly Jets and an even worse Bengals team. To perfectly summarize Marrone's shortcomings in 2019, his squad is winless (0-5) against opponents with records above .500. Technically, the Jags aren't out of the playoff hunt, but if they continue to slide expect Marrone to be out of a job in the near future.
2. Matt Patricia
Stop us if you've heard this before, but another former Patriots coordinator is failing to live up to expectations as a head coach. While the Lions' offense has been one of the most efficient groups in the league, their defense (Patricia's supposed expertise) is one of the worst. Detroit ranks 27th in the league in points allowed and second-to-last in yards given up per play. In fact, the only team to not put up 26 or more points against them in the last five games is the Mitchell Trubisky-led Bears. Things are looking bleak for Patricia and his future in the Motor City.
1. Anthony Lynn
It's difficult to come down this hard on Lynn as Philip Rivers has single-handedly blown a number of games for the Chargers this season. With that being said, Los Angeles' laughable red zone efficiency and inability to win close games, in one way or another, comes down to coaching. In theory, the Chargers should be one of the NFL's best teams given the talent on their roster. However, they sit at a measly 4-7 through 11 games. Assuming they don't turn it around, Lynn will be fired in the coming weeks.