BREAKING: The Tenneessee Titans have fired Ken Whisenhunt and replaced him with Mike Mularkey. Updated odds to come shortly.
The axe came down on former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin two weeks ago, a move that led to the ‘Fins performing considerably better under interim head coach Dan Campbell (a 38-10 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans in Week 6).
But Philbin was not the only NFL bench boss on the hot seat. According to [custom:bodog-link], Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is the new +350 favorite to get shown the door. That’s not very surprising considering the Jags’ underwhelming 1-5 start to the season in the third year of a rebuild. Bradley is now 8-30 since arriving in Jacksonville.
Detroit’s Jim Caldwell (+400), Tennessee’s Ken Whisenhunt (+400), and Indianapolis’ Chuck Pagano (+550) aren’t far off Bradley. If losses continue to pile up for any of the coaches on this list, expect a decision on their future to come down sooner rather than later.
Joe Philbin became the first coaching casualty of the 2015 NFL season on Monday after the Miami Dolphins relieved the embattled bench boss of his duties.
Prior to kickoff in Week 1, Philbin was +1200 to be the first coach fired at [custom:bodog-link]. But after a rough start to the campaign, Philbin became the +225 favorite to be removed from his position as of September 30 at the sportsbook.
Perhaps the writing was already on the wall, but Week 4 was the last straw for the 54-year-old in the wake of a sloppy 27-14 loss at the hands of the New York Jets in England. Miami fell to 1-3 SU and ATS as a result.
Philbin guided the team to a 24-28 SU record during his time patrolling the sidelines for the ‘Fins. Tight ends coach Dan Campbell was officially announced as the team’s interim head coach in light of the news.
The Dolphins have a bye in Week 5 before travelling to Tennessee to take on the Titans in Week 6.
The old adage "coaches are hired to be fired" rings true time and time again in professional sports, and there's a plethora of bench bosses on the hot seat in the NFL this season.
[custom:bodog-link] released a prop special Wednesday on which coach will be the first to be shown the door in the 2015 campaign with Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin the favorite at +225.
Thanks to an 0-3 start Detroit's Jim Caldwell is unsurprisingly feeling the heat in the Motor City, good enough to rank him as the second most likely candidate with +400 odds.
What in the world is going on in Indianapolis? Under Chuck Pagano the Colts have reached the playoffs in three straight seasons, going all the way to the 2015 AFC Championship Game before falling to the New England Patriots.
But a long rumored rift between Pagano and Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has reached new levels through the first three weeks of the campaign, a major reason Pagano comes in third on this list (+700) on the heels of Indy's underwhelming 1-2 start to the year.
Mike Pettine has been surrounded by a whole lot of controversy since becoming the head coach of the Cleveland Browns last season.
Between the Johnny Manziel circus, working with a mess of a roster and, most recently, seeing his general manager and offensive line coach suspended for the first four weeks of the NFL season, it can be hard to remember he brought the Browns to a 7-9 record last season.
Despite all of the hills Pettine has had to climb, he is sitting as the favorite to be the first NFL coach fired this season at online sportsbook Bovada. Luckily for Pettine, the Browns do start with a fairly lax schedule by visiting the Jets then hosting the Titans and Raiders, teams that had a combined 9-39 record last year.
Pettine is listed at +275 at Bovada, but close behind is Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden at +300. In his first season in D.C., Gruden oversaw the Redskins going 4-12 and finishing last in the NFC East. Gruden has also officially attached his wagon to quarterback Kirk Cousins, which is a move that will define his regime as a success or failure.
The odds tend to take a leap after those two contenders with Ken Whisenhunt (+900) and Joe Philbin (+1200) the only other coaches being listed at anything above +1500.
The Washington Redskins won just four games under Jay Gruden last season and finished last in the NFC East division standings. That has Gruden sitting atop the early odds to be the first NFL head coach fired in the 2015 season at the online sportsbooks.
At BetOnline Gruden is the +400 favorite on the odds to be the first NFL head coach fired in the upcoming season, with Ken Whisenhunt of the Tennessee Titans just behind him on those betting props at +600. Whisenhunt won just two games in his first season on the sidelines for the Titans in 2014.
Gus Bradley of the Jacksonville Jaguars is at +700 on the odds to be the first NFL head coach fired in 2015, with Mike Pettine of the Cleveland Browns at +800, and Joe Philbin of the Miami Dolphins at +900. Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants, who won just six games last year, is set at +1200 odds.
And the longshots at BetOnline on the odds to be the first coach fired in the 2015 NFL season are last year's two Super Bowl participants, Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. Both of those head coaches are set at +25000 on the odds list at the online sportsbook.
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