Outlook grows bleak for Jackson, McAdoo
Five weeks into the NFL season, there are three winless teams, so hot seats seem more plentiful than freezing ones. And Kyle Shanahan, who heads the 0-5 49ers, need not be worried, given he’s a rookie coach armed with a six-year contract. But it’s not difficult to find other coaches who should already be sweating as those temperatures underneath them swell.
Here’s the latest installment of our weekly hot seat rankings.
1. Hue Jackson, Browns: It’s getting (remaining?) ugly in Cleveland, even with the Indians still alive and the Cavaliers returning soon. But in The Dawg Pound, rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer seems to already be regressing despite Jackson’s guidance. The club has lost at home to the Bengals and Jets in successive weeks. There are rumblings of discontent in the front office. And Jackson’s game management has to be scrutinized after he opted against a 25-yard field goal attempt that would have tied Sunday’s score in the fourth quarter, a game the Browns eventually lost 17-14. Last week: 1
2. Ben McAdoo, Giants: He lost his best player, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and another game Sunday, this time at home to the previously winless Chargers. The Giants’ depleted wideout corps is a ready-made excuse for McAdoo apologists, but this team’s season was already effectively over before the carnage of Week 5. With the Broncos, Seahawks and Rams up next, 0-8 seems like a distinct possibility by midseason. LW: 2
3. John Fox, Bears: Monday night’s version of the Bears, with rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky in the lineup, might be indicative of what Fox will see the rest of the way — a fun, competitive, promising team, but one that’s probably a year away from making much noise. That might be too late for Fox, 10-27 in Chicago. LW: 4
Bengals: After a horrific September, he’s getting a reprieve. Lewis’ club is playing much better, and a modest two-game winning streak leaves the Bengals a game off the lead in a largely unimpressive AFC North. Hope springs eternal, even in Cincinnati. LW: 3
5. Chuck Pagano, Colts: Another win has Indianapolis tied for second in the AFC South, though given how much Pagano’s team struggled against the winless 49ers, false hope might spring eternal, too. The Andrew Luck tease seems perpetual, and if Cam Newton is any indicator, Luck won’t be himself for a while even if he does suit up in 2017. LW: 5
6. Bruce Arians, Cardinals: Given his relationship with general manager Steve Keim and owner Michael Bidwill, Arians is probably safe. However, Keim’s shot Monday about the team’s lacking Football IQ certainly wasn’t complimentary, and Arizona’s acquisition Tuesday of running back Adrian Peterson certainly suggests the organization remains in a win-now mode despite its 2-3 record. If Arians doesn’t figure out how to get the run game in gear or protect inconsistent quarterback Carson Palmer, he might decide himself that he doesn’t need this headache and would rather chill full time at his lake house. LW: Unranked