Adam Gase leads the betting for the first NFL head coach to be fired in 2020 with the top sports betting sites, but he’s getting a serious run for his money by some of his counterparts across the league.
Topping the Firing Market
New York Jets’ head coach Adam Gase is topping the market to be the first NFL coach fired. Gase leapfrogged into the top spot following the first week of the season, in which the Jets whimpered to a 27-17 loss to Buffalo Bills. Now, following a second straight loss, Gase continues to sit lotus atop the field as the +325 bet to be the first NFL coach fired with Bovada.
Certainly, the Jets did their coach no favors in a 31-13 loss to the Niners in Week 2, but they weren’t the only side to do so. At the close of Sunday’s early slate of NFL games (1 PM EST starts), nearly a third of the 32 teams emerged with an 0-2 SU record to show for the first two weeks of the 2020 NFL season.
Some teams could have expected a slow start – perhaps, even been forgiven for it – but for other teams, it’s a worrying sign that puts the respective head coaches directly in the firing line; that is, according to numerous top-rated sportsbooks. Those joining Gase as the top bets include Matt Patricia and Dan Quinn.
Adam Gase at +325 – New York Jets (0-2-0)
If Week 1 was a gong-show against the Buffalo Bills, Week 2 was a complete and utter disaster against the San Francisco 49ers, as Gase’s prospects to keep his job didn’t improve at all. The loss to the Niners marked the second straight week that the Jets offense failed to launch, and the second game in which Sam Darnold failed to show up.
Against the Bills, Darnold went 21 of 35 for 215 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. Against the Niners, Darnold went 21 of 32 for 179 yards and 1 TD – albeit the TD came in garbage time when the Niners were already up 31-6.
Arguably, what made the loss even worse was how inept the Jets were against a shorthanded Niners side. Kyle Shanahan not only lost running back Raheem Mostert (knee), but he also had to resort to second-string quarterback Nick Mullens when Jimmy Garoppolo suffered an ankle injury early in the game. As well, Robert Salah, who lost Dee Ford before the game, suffered yet another major setback on the D-line. As Nick Bosa, the 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year, went down with a knee injury in the first half.
To say New York Jets fans are disillusioned and disenfranchised is an understatement. Calls for Adam Gase to be fired, which were prevalent at the start of 2019, are once again cropping up and gaining momentum across social media.
Whether the Jets organization makes the move during the regular season or waits until the end of the term remains to be seen. However, if the Jets continue to be one of the worst teams in the NFL, surely a shakeup will be needed, sooner rather than later.
Next up for the Jets are the Colts, followed by the Broncos, Cardinals, Chargers, Bills, Chiefs, Patriots, and Dolphins before a Week 11 bye.
More Heads Could Roll….
So, which head coaches sit on the hot seat alongside Gase and what the NFL odds to be first fired are we examine below.
Matt Patricia +350 – Detroit Lions (0-2-0)
Matt Patricia sports a 9-22-1 SU record in the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions, meaning he was already on the hot seat to start the season. Now, with an 0-2-0 SU start in 2020 – improving to 9-24-1 lifetime with the Lions – Patricia’s hot seat must be sizzling hot.
The Lions lost a relatively winnable opener against the Bears. The Packers in Week 2 were always going to be a tough ask at Lambeau Field, but then again, losing to a better team is hardly going to gain him any reprieve.
After all, this isn’t the National Excuses League! At some point, reasons to keep Patricia in the head coaching job are going to run out. Patricia was brought in to improve the Lions, and not to make them worse than they were when the organization parted ways with Jim Caldwell.
Given the stats, the shambolic state of affairs within Detroit’s camp, Matt Patricia’s tenure in Motown does appear to be hanging by a thread. The next two weeks have the Lions facing the Cardinals and Saints before a bye in Week 5, and those could prove telling.
If the Lions walk away from the next two games empty-handed as well, it would see their losing skid, which dates back to Week 9 of last season, stretch to 13 consecutive games. The dreaded, ill-fated number 13 could see the probability of a coaching change occurring right there and then (at the close of Week 4) skyrocket. As such, shading Matt Patricia for NFL picks to be the first coach to be fired is most tempting.
First HC to be fired: Matt Patricia +340 at Bovada
Dan Quinn +400 – Atlanta Falcons (0-2-0)
The last winning season for the Atlanta Falcons was in 2017 when they went 10-6 SU and clinched a playoff spot. Since then, the Falcons have gone 7-9 SU in back-to-back seasons, putting Dan Quinn firmly onto the hot seat.
In fact, Quinn escaped the chop last season, after the Falcons turned around a 1-7 SU start by going 6-2 SU in the second-half. However, whatever bonhomie Quinn may have enjoyed on the back of a positive finish to 2019 is surely wearing thin after the Falcons lost in Week 2, fritting away a 20-0 lead over the Stars to lose 40-39.
There are no words to describe what happened at AT&T Stadium. It was one of the most topsy-turvy, riotous accounts since “28-3,” during which the Patriots erased a 25-point deficit to the Falcons to win Super Bowl LI.
First HC to be fired: Dan Quinn +400 at Bovada
Bill O’Brien +700 – Houston Texans (0-2-0)
Bill O’Brien is clearly out of his depth, juggling two roles at the same time: Houston Texans’ General Manager and Head Coach. The first indication that O’Brien may not be up for the job came in the offseason when he traded away DeAndre Hopkins, one of the best receivers in the game. Now, the Texans are 0-2 SU to start the season and things are beginning to look dicey.
O’Brien might be able to hang his hat on the fact that the NFL schedule was tough, with back-to-back dates against the Chiefs and Ravens – the top two faves for Super Bowl LV. However, things aren’t going to get any easier with Pittsburgh next in Week 3, followed by Minnesota, Jacksonville, Tennessee, and Green Bay, before a Week 8 bye.
If the Texans don’t turn things around dramatically before then, the season may well be dead and buried at the halfway mark, which could only spell doom and gloom for O’Brien, surely.
First HC to be fired: Bill O’Brien +700 at Bovada