2022 NFL coaching carousel: Five teams most likely to change head coaches after the season

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With Week 7 in the books, we’re almost halfway through the 2022 NFL season. One team has already fired its head coach, and chances are the Panthers will be the only club to do so on the regular season schedule. But now that we’re closer to the middle of the road, it’s a little easier to predict which teams might join them in their search for a new big boss this offseason.

Apart from Carolina, who should already be entering a hiring cycle following the firing of Matt Rule and the promotion of Steve Wilkes to a temporary position, here are the five teams we think are most likely to change coaches in 2023:


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Nathaniel Hackett
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With each passing week, it’s become less of an exaggerated public narrative and more of a reality: Nathaniel Hackett appears to have no answers as overseer of the NFL’s highest-scoring offense. Russell Wilson, the team’s superstar under center, may or may not be a shell of himself, but Hackett’s predictable and conservative approach only hastened the quarterback’s downfall. Wilson’s mega contract ensures he won’t become expendable until 2025, meaning Denver’s new ownership group may be interested in giving him a new schemer and manipulator if the 2-5 record doesn’t improve much. Incidentally, it’s not unprecedented for teams to get a coach after just one year; it happened seven times over the past 11 years.


NFL: Atlanta Falcons - Indianapolis Colts
Frank Reich, right
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Frank Reich nearly touted his job insecurity by announcing Tuesday that Matt Ryan would be substituted for just seven games of his Colts career. Ryan may be hurt after being beaten repeatedly behind the unreliable line, but the constant move to Sam Elinger, a 2021 sixth-rounder who has never made an NFL pass, suggests a desperate effort to not only cause a flat offense in the short term, but perhaps good luck in the long term. a hand in the city, where the center’s strategy was to recycle former mid-levels annually. It’s not only Reich’s fault, of course, that he endured such QB turnover, but at 3-3-1, at the risk of missing out on the playoffs in a poor AFC South, he’s looking at a five-year haul of exactly one postseason win. Owner Jim Irsay will not tolerate this.


Ron Rivera


The best thing Ron Rivera has to offer is a very public role in an apparent cultural twist on the controversy-ridden franchise. There is no doubt that he remains a respected leader. What he is not – and has not been for half a century – is a winning football coach. He may not be to blame for Washington’s failed QB escapades, but even his specialty, defense, hasn’t affected Washington over the past two years. At 3-4, it will be a shock if his team doesn’t finish last in the upstart NFC East, which will likely give Rivera three losing seasons in so many years at the helm. Don’t be surprised if there is a mutual split in this scenario.

The Saints

Dennis Allen


As Sean Payton’s own internal successor, endorsed by Payton himself, Dennis Allen is seemingly guaranteed more than one point as the top man in New Orleans. Or is he? Allen can’t be blamed solely for QB’s scoring – he settled for Jamis Winston and Andy Dalton after trying more spectacular moves – or for the team’s string of injuries. But his watch built one of the most conservative but undisciplined teams in the NFL en route to a 2-5 start in the poor NFC South. To make matters worse, his once vaunted defense turned out to be a sieve. Having failed as a Raiders coach early in his career, he is another candidate for a “mutual” parting in case New Orleans gets bigger to really replace Payton in 2023, when the latter could be traded to a new home. .


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Lovy Smith


When they hired 65-year-old Lovie Smith the following year, did they assume he would be the one to pick the franchise’s next face under center? This seems dubious given how quickly they abandoned David Calley, his aging predecessor. With a 1-4-1 ratio, they will likely find themselves in the QB market after another mid-range performance by Davis Mills, and that could mean flirting with a younger offensive mind. Smith, of course, kept the team competitive, but Houston management sniffed too much at Josh McKeown’s head coach concept to limit a potential third straight non-playoff season by moving back to Lovie.

Source: www.cbssports.com

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