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Tomorrow will be Sunday July 1, and July is the month when NFL training camp opens. Before you know it, opening night between the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday September 6, will be here before we know it. During the meantime, which coaches are on the hot seat before the NFL season begins?
The first coach that comes to mind is Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns. The Cleveland Browns are just 1-31 in the first two years under Hue Jackson, including an 0-16 season in 2017. The Browns front office improved the roster this past offseason and they are hoping he shows signs of improvement with the team. If they start like 0-6, he will be gone. If they start like 2-4 or 3-3, maybe Jackson survives the 2018 season and beyond.
The second coach that comes to mind is John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have missed the playoffs for the past three seasons. They have high expectations every season. Harbaugh will have a decision to make if the Baltimore Ravens get off to a slow start. Does he pull the trigger and start rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson in order to save his job?
The third coach that comes to mind is Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers haven't won the Super Bowl since the 2008 regular season and the 2009 postseason. Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger don't see eye-to-eye sometimes. After the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round, I thought Tomlin was going to get fired. If the Steelers don't reach at least the Super Bowl this year or beat the New England Patriots in the playoffs, Mike Tomlin will probably not be back.
The fourth coach that comes to mind is Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have missed the playoffs the past three-out-of-four years. It is not necessarily his fault, but the front office didn't do much to help him out this offseason. Letting Kirk Cousins walk in free agency and trading for Alex Smith was a mistake. They got worse at the quarterback division. Even though Smith had better numbers, Cousins threw a better deep ball and kept defenses honest. The Redskins also play in a tough NFC East division.
The fifth coach that comes to mind is Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers. They have underachieved ever since winning the Super Bowl back during the 2010 regular season and the 2011 postseason. The Packers have wasted Aaron Rodgers's prime. Green Bay missed the playoffs last season. If the Packers miss the playoffs again this year, a lot of people will be calling for McCarthy's job.
The sixth coach that comes to mind is Dirk Koetter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Jameis Winston being suspended for the first three games of the regular season, this is not a good start for Koetter with job security. He has missed the playoffs for the first two seasons as head coach of the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay's first three games of the regular season is against the New Orleans Saints on the road and the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers at home. They could be 0-3 after that. Tampa Bay might want to head in a new direction after the season depending what happens with Jameis Winston. Dirk Koetter might be heading out the door as well if he doesn't rally his troops early.