Now that his team is under a bigger spotlight in America’s second-largest city, the Los Angeles Rams’ Jeff Fisher is the betting favorite to be the first NFL coach fired at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Fisher has had four non-consecutive winning seasons with the former St. Louis Rams, and Los Angeles’ offense has been below-average throughout that span. The offensive woes hit rock bottom in the season opener, when the Rams were shut out 28-0 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Throw in the Rams’ quarterback mess – Fisher cutting Nick Foles; not having No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff ready for Week 1; having to go with overwhelmed Case Keenum – and it’s not surprising Fisher is listed at +200 on the First NFL Coach Fired futures board.
The San Diego Chargers’ Mike McCoy, who was kept on after a 4-12 record in 2015, is listed at +500. The Chargers blew a 24-point point lead in an overtime loss against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. McCoy might be expendable, but the Chargers also play only two games against 2015 playoff teams in the first 10 weeks, which could help create the appearance of success.
One emergent contender who could also be wearing out his welcome is the Buffalo Bills’ Rex Ryan, listed at +700. The Bills’ playoff drought already seems likely to reach a NFL-worst 17 seasons after an 0-2 start, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman has already been sacrificed, reportedly to appease owner Terry Pegula.
Buffalo had numerous mental and disciplinary lapses during their loss against the New York Jets on Thursday, which is often a telltale sign of a fraying team.
The Atlanta Falcons’ Dan Quinn is listed at +900, while the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Gus Bradley is listed at +1000. Quinn is only in his second season, but the Falcons have trended in the wrong direction since mid-2015. Bradley, with a 12-37 record in three-plus seasons, also needs to win this season.
The Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Garrett, Indianapolis Colts’ Chuck Pagano and Tennessee Titans’ Mike Mularkey are each listed at odds of +1200. Tony Romo’s injury might spare Garrett from Jerry Jones’ wrath. Pagano was surprisingly retained by Indianapolis after last season, but another also-ran year would mean being shown the door.
The first coach fired in 2015, Joe Philbin, was canned by the Miami Dolphins after four games.