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3 Worst In-Game Head Coaches in the NFL

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions looks at the video board late in the fourth quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on November 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Dallas defeated Detroit 35-27. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys v Detroit Lions | Leon Halip/Getty Images

The NFL regular season is coming to a close, and the 2019 campaign has revealed some clear deficiencies with several prominent head coaches, including in-game decision-making. While every team wishes they could have Bill Belichick at the helm, the reality is most coaches have a weakness, especially these three.

3. Pat Shurmur

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 04:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)   Head coach Pat Shurmur of the New York Giants in action against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on November 04, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 37-18. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys v New York Giants | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The New York Giants have finally found two franchise cornerstones in Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, but that has not translated to wins. Perhaps that has something to do with the guy calling the shots for the team. Shurmur has proven time and time again that he lacks offensive creativity and has issues managing the clock. His 7-20 record as the Giants head coach is a reflection of that.

2. Jason Garrett

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 29: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys interacts with his team before the Dallas Cowboys take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a NFL preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Dallas Cowboys | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Garrett's issues go far beyond his inability to break his weird habit of clapping for virtually any and every reason on the sideline during games. We need not look further than his most recent decision to settle for a field goal while trailing by seven when his offense was inside the opponent's 10-yard-line mid-way through the fourth quarter vs. the New England Patriots. This cost the Cowboys a chance to tie the game and perhaps even steal a win on the road, but Garrett instead opted to make it a four-point game in a questionable move to say the least.

1. Matt Patricia

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Detroit Lions Head Football Coach Matt Patricia watches the action from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Los Angeles 13-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Chargers v Detroit Lions | Leon Halip/Getty Images

The former New England Patriots' defensive coordinator has not gotten off to a fast start in his first two seasons as the Detroit Lions head coach. It's also worth noting that New England has been remarkably better defensively since his departure.The Lions have continuously collapsed while leading games this season despite having some really good players on both sides of the ball. Patricia not being able to beat a tanking Washington Redskins team should tell you he is not the guy for Detroit.