The NFL’s first head coach was fired this season as the Carolina Panthers decided to part ways with Matt Rhule after a 1-4 start to the season.
Due to the Panthers’ struggles in recent years, Rhule was in the hot seat heading into this season.
So it should come as no surprise to many that he is the first fired coach.
But Rhule wasn’t the only coach in the hot seat this year.
There are plenty of other coaches who have to change their seasons or they could be out.
Here are three NFL head coaches now in the hot seat.
Ron Rivera, Washington Commanders
The Commanders got off to a bad start this season.
After acquiring Carson Wentz in the offseason, they hoped to make him their franchise quarterback.
It was far from the case as Wentz looks broken.
Coach Ron Rivera shares his thoughts on why Commanders lag behind other NFC East teams. pic.twitter.com/DGiNxqKIkc
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 10, 2022
The player we saw once in 2017 is gone and he looks like an NFL borderline starter.
With a 1-4 record to start the season, there’s no doubt that Ron Rivera is in the hot seat.
He’s a defensive head coach, but the COs defense hasn’t been good.
They’re giving up 345.6 yards per game and 25.6 points.
Everything about the commanders seems dysfunctional, and that reflects badly on the coach.
If Washington doesn’t change its season soon, Rivera could retire before the end of the season.
Nathaniel Hackett, Denver Broncos
It’s hard to find a team that looked worse for five weeks than the Denver Broncos.
Despite going 2-3 this season, Denver is lucky not to be 0-5.
The Broncos are the most disappointing team of the NFL season so far.
I just asked an NFC executive to step into George Paton’s shoes. Was he going to fire Nathaniel Hackett? His answer: “I would give it another week, maybe two. Otherwise, this season is over before it even started. #Broncos
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) October 7, 2022
Quarterback Russell Wilson looks horrible in his freshman year in Denver.
Hackett is an offensive coach and this Denver offense is averaging 15.0 points per game.
Anything short of the playoffs could result in Hackett being fired after the year.
The Broncos’ defense is the only thing keeping them alive this season.
With Wilson locked in as a future QB in Denver, all blame will be on Hackett for the poor end to this season.
Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona Cardinals
Something seems to be missing with the Arizona Cardinals.
Despite a good quarterback in Kyler Murray, their offense constantly struggles week after week.
They rank 17th in the league in points per game with 21.0.
A big problem they have is running the ball.
Murray is averaging the most yards per carry on the team and has been the only effective runner.
That offense misses DeAndre Hopkins, who is expected to return from suspension in Week 7.
Sitting at 2-3 this season, the Cardinals are another team with playoff expectations.
If they don’t live up to those expectations, Kingsbury could be on the way out.
Kliff Kingsbury (+150)
Nathaniel Hackett (+200)
Ron Rivera (+450)
Dan Campbell (+900)
Frank Reich (12/1)
Kevin Stefanski (16/1)
Matt Eberflus (16/1)
Pete Carroll (20/1)
Mike Tomlin (22/1)
— Jaime Eisner (@JaimeEisner) October 10, 2022
The Cardinals’ only wins this season are against 1-4 teams (Raiders, Panthers).
At some point, they’re going to have to beat some good teams to get back into the hunt.