1. Dirk Koetter — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay was arguably the most disappointing team of 2017. After adding DeSean Jackson to an already explosive Jameis Winston-led offense, the Bucs were expected to build upon a strong 9-7 campaign. The hype built even further during the team’s run on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Ultimately, the expectations were too high for a flawed team.
Part of the blame can be put on Winston, who missed three games and posted a career-low QBR. Star receiver Mike Evans didn’t live up to his billing either, plagued by drops, penalties, and a mid-season suspension. However, the fingers will end up being pointed in Koetter’s direction.
Known for his offensive acumen, Koetter couldn’t get the best out of a talented group of skill players. Playing in a competitive NFC South, another last-place finish could result in Koetter packing his bags for another offensive coordinator job.
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2. Marvin Lewis — Cincinnati Bengals
It’s almost futile putting Lewis on a “hot seat” considering Cincinnati’s apparent loyalty to its long-time head coach. Despite back-to-back nine-loss seasons and an 0-7 record in the playoffs, Lewis was granted an extension shortly after Cincinnati’s season wrapped up. With that being said, the NFL is a fickle environment, and personnel can be changed in an instant.
The Bengals finished dead last in total yards last year. Their switching of offensive coordinators mid-season highlighted the fact that their problems run deeper than coaching proficiency. It might just be best for a complete re-tooling of Cincinnati’s organization — from players to the coaching staff. After 15 seasons, the Bengals and Lewis could benefit from a mutual separation.
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