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Oddsmakers Expect Gruden to Be First NFL Coach Fired in 2019

Head coach Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins looks on during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on December 30, 2018 in Landover, Maryland.

There’s an old adage in professional sports that coaches are hired to be fired, and the seemingly never-ending rotating door of coaching jobs in the NFL has once again put a litany of bench bosses in new positions entering the 2019 season. When it comes to odds on which man will get fired first, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden tops the list.

Gruden is the +333 favorite at Bovada to get his walking papers, with Pat Shurmur (+850), Matt Patricia (+900), Bill O’Brien (+1200), Dan Quinn (+1200), Doug Marrone (+1200), Jason Garrett (+1500), Mike Zimmer (+1500), Adam Gase (+2000) and Brian Flores (+2000) rounding out the top 10.

Is Gruden’s Time in D.C. Coming to an End?

Since he took the reins in 2014, Gruden’s Redskins have made the playoffs only once, when Washington finished first in the NFC East at 9-7 SU in 2015 before losing to the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round.

The rookie quarterback-running back combo of Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice has provided ‘Skins fans with reason for hope for the future, but it might not be enough to save Gruden’s job if Washington has a rough start to the campaign. With holes throughout the roster on both sides of the ball, that’s a realistic possibility in D.C.

No Odell Could Spell Trouble for Giants

Staying in the NFC East, the New York Giants are set to begin life without Odell Beckham Jr., but the Giants could easily find themselves in a similar situation to the Redskins. General manager Dave Gettleman’s decision to select Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft raised eyebrows throughout the league, and things got even stranger when he stated he wouldn’t mind sitting Jones behind Eli Manning for multiple seasons.

Given Manning’s recent performance, it’s hard to believe he’ll turn back the clock at 38, so it could be another long season for Big Blue. Shurmur looks like a competent coach, but the lack of talent on offense could eventually doom him if Manning once again sputters under center.

Patricia Shouldn’t be on the Hot Seat 

The arrival of Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia in the Motor City in 2018 was hailed as a great hire at the time, but the Lions didn’t scare anyone last year and finished the season well outside of the playoffs at 6-10.

Detroit’s roster looks much better after some major offseason additions, and while I’m not expecting the Lions to contend in the NFC North, I think they’ll be good enough to keep the Bill Belichick disciple in his position for the time being.

Take a look at the book’s full list of odds. Which coach do you think is going to get the ax first? Have your say in the comment section. Click here for odds on which coaches are favored to win the 2019 NFL Coach of the Year Award.

Which Coach Will Get Fired First in the 2019 NFL Season?
Jay Gruden+333
Pat Shurmur+850
Matt Patricia+900
Bill O’Brien+1200
Dan Quinn+1200
Doug Marrone+1200
Jason Garrett+1500
Mike Zimmer+1500
Adam Gase+2000
Brian Flores+2000
Mike Tomlin+2000
Ron Rivera+2000
Kliff Kingsbury+2500
Sean McDermott+2500
Anthony Lynn+3000
Freddie Kitchens+3000
Mike Vrabel+3000
Kyle Shanahan+3500
Matt LaFleur+3500
Pete Carroll+4000
Vic Fangio+5000
Bruce Arians+5000
John Harbaugh+5000
Jon Gruden+5000
Zac Taylor+5000
Frank Reich+7500
Matt Nagy+7500
Sean Payton+10000
Andy Reid+10000
Doug Pederson+10000
Sean McVay+10000
Bill Belichick+15000

Odds as of August 28 at Bovada