The New York Giants were an unlikely candidate to become the first NFL team to fire its head coach this season. The Giants are known for their patience. They hadn’t fired a head coach during a season since 1976.

But it nevertheless was the Giants who put the NFL’s coaching carousel in motion this week. They dismissed Ben McAdoo on Monday, the day after the Giants loss in Oakland dropped their record to 2-10 amid a raging controversy over McAdoo’s now-rescinded benching of quarterback Eli Manning last week.

McAdoo was the first coach ousted, but he surely won’t be the last. Here is a look at the coaches who could be in next, beginning with those whose seats seem to be the toastiest at the moment:

John Fox, Bears

The Bears are 3-9 this season and 12-32 under Fox as he nears the end of his third season. Not everything he has tried this season has backfired, but it sure has begun to feel that way. He was done no favors by the team’s disjointed offseason approach at quarterback with the signing Mike Glennon and trading up in the NFL draft to select Mitchell Trubisky. Doing one or the other would have made sense. Doing both didn’t. About the only argument for keeping Fox, it seems, would be to maintain continuity and stability for Trubisky, who has had enough promising rookie-year moments since taking over as the starter to believe that he can be the real deal. But that probably won’t be enough for Fox to keep his job.

Chuck Pagano, Colts

Owner Jim Irsay surprised many in the league a couple years ago by retaining Pagano as his coach and Ryan Grigson as his general manager. Grigson was ousted last offseason following a second straight 8-8 season and was replaced by Chris Ballard. …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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