Out­look grows bleak for Jack­son, McA­doo

USA TODAY International Edition - - SPORTS - Nate Davis @ByNateDavis USA TO­DAY Sports 4. Marvin Lewis,

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

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