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Dan Quinn Favored to Be Next NFL Coach Canned

Odds For Next NFL Coach to be Fired

The betting favorite heading into the season to be the first NFL head coach relieved of his duties was Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins at +333. Oddsmakers pegged the right guy as Gruden, after an 0-5 start, was ousted and offensive line coach Bill Callahan stepped up in the interim. But don’t think that there will be just one head coach let go this season – let’s take a look at who might be next on the chopping block.

Online sportsbook Bovada has Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn as the clear favorite to be the next coach standing in the unemployment line at EVEN money, followed by Cleveland’s Freddie Kitchens, New York Jets’ Adam Gase and Los Angeles Chargers’ Anthony Lynn at +450, New York Giants’ Pat Shurmur at +1000, Cincinnati’s Zac Taylor and Denver’s Vic Fangio at +1100, Chicago’s Matt Nagy at +1400 and Miami’s Brian Flores at +2000 to round out the oddsboard.

Why Should Quinn be Expelled?

It has been pretty much all downhill for Dan Quinn since taking the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl in 2016. Of course, Atlanta lost that game in dramatic fashion by blowing a 28-3 lead. The Falcons lost in the 2017 divisional round to the eventual Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles, and haven’t been in the playoffs since. They finished 7-9 last year and are off to a 1-7 start in 2019. That’s right, a team led by Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones is 1-7 through the first half of the season and still hasn’t played the division-leading New Orleans Saints.

Atlanta is in full tank mode now, it seems, sending its WR2 and longtime safety valve Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots. The Falcons are averaging just 20.6 points per game this season and have the second-worst point differential in the NFC at -85, better only than the Washington Redskins at -111. Many fans were hoping that Quinn would be axed after last year’s disappointing season, but injuries may have played a factor in the losing record. However, in 2019, there are no excuses.

Freddie Kitchens Is Providing the Best Value to Be Fired

It’s not out of the box by any means to suggest that Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is on the hot seat. At +450, the odds aren’t that great but outside of Quinn, Kitchens has the best resume to be handed a pink slip.

Cleveland finished just shy of the playoffs last season with a 7-8-1 record that was impressive considering its 2-6-1 start through the first nine games under then-head coach Hue Jackson. Expectations were high in 2019, perhaps a playoffs-or-bust mentality, and bust appears to be the direction the Browns are headed. Going into the back half of the season, Cleveland is 2-6 but does have a shocking road win over the division-leading Baltimore Ravens, and it does have a favorable schedule down the stretch.

The Browns have averaged the eighth-fewest points per game at 19 which is astonishing after bolstering the offense by adding Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has regressed from last year with a lower pass completion percentage, fewer yards per completion and almost as many interceptions as he had all last season. I think some winnable games in the second half will help Kitchens survive the season but as Black Monday looms, his days may be numbered.

Here’s a list of odds for who the next head coach to be fired will be:

Next NFL Coach to be Fired?
Dan QuinnEVEN
Freddie Kitchens+450
Adam Gase+450
Anthony Lynn+450
Pat Shurmur+1000
Zac Taylor +1100
Vic Fangio+1100
Matt Nagy+1800
Brian Flores+2000

Odds as of November 9 at Bovada