While preseason is usually a time of optimism when each team has an equal chance of making the playoffs and all fans have convinced themselves this is their team’s year, we know that’s not the case. Some teams will bomb. So, in the spirit of pessimism, let’s take a look at four coaches that could lose their jobs this season.
4. Todd Bowles
Bowles is entering his third season at the helm of the Jets, but it’s almost no question this will be his last.
The Jets are in full tank-mode this season, having shipped off most of their remaining decent players. If you want proof that this season will cost Bowles his job, look no further than the quarterback depth chart. Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg? It was nice knowing ya, Todd.
3. Jim Caldwell
Caldwell revived his head coaching career in Detroit after a forgetful stint in Indianapolis. His 27-21 record as head coach isn’t bad, but the Lions have been a team that hasn’t reached the next level under his reign. If he cannot put it together and get this team into the playoffs this season, which will be tough in a division with the Packers and Vikings, it could be adios for Caldwell.
2. John Fox
The Bears were terrible in 2016, which earned them the third overall pick. And still, the team traded up to select quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who they believe will be the quarterback of the future.
Will Fox be around for that future, though? In his two seasons at the helm, the Bears have went a paltry 9-23, and look to be only marginally better in 2017. If the Bears wind up in the cellar of the NFC North yet again, Fox should be on the chopping block.
1. Marvin Lewis
This has to be the year, right? It feels like Lewis has been a staple on these types of lists for over a decade, but has somehow managed to stick around.
He’s guided the Bengals to the playoffs seven times, but the team hasn’t won a postseason game during his tenure.
With the Steelers remaining the cream of the AFC North crop and the Ravens looking to get back to the playoffs as well, Lewis’ fate should be tied to Cincy’s ability to make the playoffs and advance, which is no easy accomplishment, as he’s proven seven previous times.
Then again, Lewis could be immune to being fired. That’s a real possibility at this point.