2021年10月27日

NFL coaching hot seat check: Joe Judge's seat warming, Matt Nagy's hottest after Week 1

NFL American Football Giants Packers Vikings Jaguars Bears Bengals Grab a seat, NFL head coaches — just make sure it's not too hot.While 0-1 is hardly a death knell for head coaches around the NFL, it's pretty easy to tell which head coaches may be on the chopping block based on tenure and results.  So far this year, there's a number of coaches who's future prospects with the team may not be guaranteed, even just after a single game in the 2021 season. Not everyone is a lock to be let go, and the NFL has six new head coaches in jobs this year, meaning don't expect many firings this year.That said, there are some head coaches who should make sure they put forth their best effort after Week 1. Here are the guys who should be looking over their shoulder this year: NFL WEEK 2 PICKS: Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsGettin' warmExpect these guys to finish out the season, unless things really, really go south: (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8f/f9/joe-judge-getty-ftr-091221_pdvslhajrjp314aa8ukd8ci97.jpg?t=-548940741&w=500&quality=80 Joe Judge, New York GiantsCareer record: 6-11Judge has only coached 17 games at the helm, but the track record of Bill Belichick disciples actually succeeding in head-coaching jobs doesn't help his case for being a long-serving Big Blue big boss.The Giants are 0-1 heading into Thursday night's game — again, hardly "sound the alarms" in East Rutherford — Judge has the deck stacked against him. Namely, the Belichick aura, the average job Dave Gettleman has done as GM, Daniel Jones entering Year 3 and unable to shake his case of fumble-itis and the general stench of Belichick's coaching tree.Should Gettleman get canned, Jones continue to flash but not sustain success and the organization look at a complete reset, Judge could be a victim of a reboot in New York. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/31/35/urban-meyer-083021-getty-ftrjpg_1j8gaq9j15fs71ws2us3yk6k9q.jpg?t=-1741836741&w=500&quality=80 Urban Meyer, JaguarsCareer record: 0-1After Game 1 in Year 1 of Urban Meyer,

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is it time to hit the panic switch in Jacksonville?College coaches have as much success in the NFL as you have had in arcade claw games, and Meyer has barely had an opportunity to implement his system, structure and "culture" with the organization. However, the early returns in Jacksonville have been marred by controversies and distractions all offseason long, leading to a somewhat predictable 37-21 drubbing by the Texans in Week 1, that didn't instill much faith.Meyer's college history of flight-before-fight has developed a certain reputation for dipping before things go really south, even if that's related to health issues that he's had in the past. There's something that still feels and looks very off with the Meyer Jaguars, and a scathing report of behind-the-scenes turmoil in Meyer's first season may solidfy that. Meyer is going to have to prove he's the guy in Jacksonville to guide the Trevor Lawrence era. If not, the artist formerly known as Florida Man might find himself back in the college fanks sooner than later.  (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7b/fa/matt-lafleur-ftr_hxhnlhjep9d41tqpbforua8xf.png?t=1922664309&w=500&quality=80 Matt LaFleur, PackersCareer record: 26-7It's definitely difficult to argue with back-to-back NFC championship game appearances, but if the rest of the season is as bad as Sunday's beatdown at the hands of the Saints, then the sands in the hourglass for LaFleur might trickle a bit quicker.There's a very good chance that LaFleur gets one more year and a shot with Jordan Love when Aaron Rodgers is inevitably traded next offseason, but the Week 1 loss and the drama with Rodgers Back-to-back 13-win seasons only buy you so much goodwill and patience with the fan base, especially with Rodgers as your QB, when you make boneheaded decisions in the playoffs in consecutive playoffs. A little hotThese teams could look to make a change this year, if the optimal outcome isn't met. We're talking playoffs, folks. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7d/6d/mike-zimmer-ftr_1gcta3hzkz074zfhxll6pw565.png?t=-1446637756&w=500&quality=80 Mike Zimmer, VikingsCareer record: 64-48-1The Vikings got hosed by a few bad review calls on Sunday leading to an 0-1 start for the 2021 season, the next in line for Super Bowl-or-bust expectations. And make no mistake, they're probably more bust than Bowl bound.With Kirk Cousins still making that guaranteed cheese and the Vikings boasting a very young but very capable roster, Zimmer has to be equal parts teacher and playoff-prepared coach this year. It's not an easy task, but the results throughout his career have been pretty indicative that he can be that guy. Zimmer has just two sub-.500 seasons while he's been the head coach of the Vikings: 2014, his first season as Vikings head coach, and 2020. In both cases, Minnesota was just a game below .500, at 7-9 in each year.  But as it goes in the NFL, it gets to a point where it might be time for a new voice in the building, and if the Vikings don't make serious noise in the playoffs this year, it might be time to skol-n-go in Minnesota. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d/27/zac-taylor-051515-getty-ftrjpg_rj4trmfr00z61t5svtxp3ml3p.jpg?t=1893485274&w=500&quality=80 Zac Taylor, BengalsCareer record: 7-25-1On the other side of that Week 1 Bengals-Vikings matchup, Zac Taylor is going to have to navigate the jungle this year.A lot of Taylor's evaluation is going to be linked to what Joe Burrow does in his second year, even if he is returning from a brutal knee injury. If Week 1 is any indication, then Burrow may be just fine under Taylor (20-of-27 passing, 267 yards, two touchdowns), which should be very encouraging for Bengals fans.But even before Burrow was lost to the knee injury in 2020, the Bengals were just 2-7-1, and in Taylor's first year in 2019, they finished 2-14 and landed in position to draft the LSU wunderkind.The 38-year-old was hired with the idea that he'd bring some of that Sean McVay sorcery to Cincinnati. Taylor is going to have to prove that it's legitimate magic and not smoke and mirrors this year.Oh, it's hot, all rightThis is reserved for just one man early on in the 2021 season… (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/38/94/matt-nagy-102719-getty-ftrjpg_14axre2894m5g1obwen85269x4.jpg?t=251340310&w=500&quality=80 Matt Nagy, BearsCareer record: 28-21-0On one hand, Justin Fields may not actually be "ready" to start yet. On the other hand, Nagy may be trying to buy himself time by telling himself Justin Fields may not actually be "ready" to start yet.The Bears ownership group showing patience for both Nagy and GM Ryan Pace is … a choice, especially with a rookie quarterback under center at some point this year. Keeping the same GM-HC combo coupled with their second attempt at figuring out the QB position with a first rounder — and a future first-rounder — when the results have been a mixed bag isn't going to reflect well long-term.Yes, the Bears made the playoffs last season, but that was more act of football gods than it was legitimate coaching wonders. Plus, the offense, ran by a guy who's most notable career achievement was winning the Nickelodeon MVP award, was a Matt Nagy production. They were bottom tier in most major offensive categories last year.The Bears' 0-1 start didn't inspire much confidence among the Chicago faithful, with the offense under Andy Dalton looking very similar to the one that was run under Mitchell Trubisky. With Fields' legs offering a different dimension to Chicago's offense — and they do, considering that the Bears have a separate package for him — the question has to be asked: Why isn't he starting?If Fields isn't ready to play, that's on Nagy and the staff's failure to prepare him and make him comfortable. If Fields is ready to play, then what's the hold up?