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After Lions Fire Patricia, See the Odds to Be the Next NFL Head Coach Fired – Is Anthony Lynn a Good Bet?

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn calls a timeout against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)
  • The latest odds for the next NFL coach to be fired have been posted
  • The New York Jets’ Adam Gase is the odds-on favorite with his team still winless at 0-11
  • See odds for all coaches on the hot seat, along with who we think is out the door next in the NFL

Now on the hottest of NFL coaching hot seats, according to the oddsmakers, is the New York Jets’ Adam Gase, followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Doug Marrone, the Chicago Bears’ Matt Nagy, and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Anthony Lynn.

Gase is now the odds-on favorite to be the next NFL coach fired after the Detroit Lions axed Matt Patricia over the weekend. Patricia was the favorite going into Week 11 then was let go two days after the Lions were beaten at home 41-25 by the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving.

Odds to be Next NFL Coach Fired

Coach Odds
Adam Gase (Jets) -185
Doug Marrone (Jaguars) +250
Matt Nagy (Bears) +325
Anthony Lynn (Chargers) +450
Mike McCarthy (Cowboys) +1500

Odds from Nov. 30

Patricia became the third coach fired this season.

The Texans got rid of Bill O’Brien following an 0-4 start. After opening the season 0-5, the Atlanta Falcons boxed Dan Quinn.

Gase Hanging On

For weeks now, it has seemed Gase is on the verge of being fired.

The Jets are 0-11. They are the NFL’s lone winless team and only one defeat from matching the longest losing streak in franchise history, set in the 1995 and 1996 seasons under coach Rick Kotite.

Yet, Gase is still on the job. Perhaps ownership believes he provides the best chance of tanking and ensuring the Jets can select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.

The Jets struggled again Sunday losing at home to the Miami Dolphins 20-3 as 7.5-point underdogs.

Quarterback Sam Darnold returned after missing two games because of a shoulder injury but was intercepted twice.

Despite Gase having an offensive background, the Jets are last in the NFL in scoring (13.8 ppg) and total yardage (267.8 ypg).

Marrone Spared – For Now

Jaguars owner Shad Khan had finally seen enough Sunday, firing general manager Dave Caldwell moments after Jacksonville lost its 10th straight game. The Jaguars fell 27-25 to the visiting Cleveland Browns as 7.5-point underdogs.

Former San Francisco 49ers executive Trent Baalke takes over as interim but, Marrone’s job was spared. The next GM will get to pick his own coach heading into 2021.

Caldwell had been on the job since 2013. The Jaguars reached the AFC Championship Game in 2018 when they nearly upset the New England Patriots.

However, the Jaguars were just 37-85 during Caldwell’s tenure. Part of the blame can be placed at the feet of Tom Coughlin, who had a disastrous three-year run as football operations chief from 2017-19.

Nagy’s Bears Skidding

Nagy’s job security has started coming into question now that the Bears have lost five straight games to fall to 5-6 following a 5-1 start.

The Bears were embarrassed before a national television audience on Sunday Night Football, losing 41-25 to the host Green Bay Packers as 7.5-point underdogs.

The defeat all but eliminated the second-place Bears from the NFC North race. They trail the Packers by three games with five games left.

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky made his first start since Week 3 in place of the injured Nick Foles. While Trubisky threw three touchdown passes, two came in the fourth quarter after the Bears fell behind 41-10, and he had three turnovers that led to Packers’ touchdowns.

The Bears rank ahead of only the Jets in total offense at 305.5 yards a game.

Not Long for Lynn?

Then there is Anthony Lynn and the Chargers. Los Angeles fell to 3-8 with a 27-17 road loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday as 4.5-point dogs.

Sunday marked the first Chargers’ loss by more than one possession. Yet some questionable decisions by Lynn cost Los Angeles a chance to win the game.

It was enough to get some thinking about who the next coach might be.

The Chargers scored just three points in their final five possessions, three of which ended inside the Bills’ 30.

The most egregious mistake came with 25 seconds remaining after a 55-yard pass from Justin Herbert to Tyron Johnson gave the Chargers first-and-goal at the 2 with 25 seconds left.

With no timeouts, Lynn opted for a running play rather than having Herbert spike the ball. Austin Ekeler was stopped after a one-yard gain.

With six seconds left, Herbert threw an incompletion, and Lynn sent out the field goal team. Lynn then changed his mind, and Herbert was stopped for a two-yard loss as time expired.

That is the kind of malpractice – added to all the close losses – that gest a coach fired. That is why Lynn presents value at +450.

Pick: Anthony Lynn (+450)

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