Although the preseason is still well over a month from kicking off, there are three coaches that find themselves on the hot seat. These coaches were rumored to potentially be fired after the 2022 season, however, after holding onto their jobs, they enter the season with a lot to prove.
This is a huge prove-it year for the Cleveland Browns. It is the first full season they will have with Deshaun Watson, and they have a roster that is more than capable of making a playoff run. Although they find themselves in a very competitive AFC North division, Cleveland still has the talent to take a wild card spot.
If they once again fall short of expectations, there is a strong chance that head coach Kevin Stefanski is fired from the team. During his three-year stint with the team, he had coached them to a 26-24 record. However, the pressure is on to bring some much-needed playoff success to Cleveland.
Mike McCarthy narrowly escaped losing his job over the offseason. Despite the team having a very successful 12-5 record in the regular season, they would take a tough 12-19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round. Although this was an overall solid season for the Cowboys, there was still a bit to be desired.
It has been made clear that if things do not go well this season that McCarthy will be on his way out. He has tasked himself with calling plays for the team on offense this season, something that he could end up regretting. It is clear that Dallas will be a much more run-oriented team this season with McCarthy calling the plays.
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out, and even if things do not go well for McCarthy this season, he will be able to say that he went out of his way.
The final head coach that finds himself on the hot seat coming into the 2023 season is Brandon Staley. During his two seasons as the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, the team has had a 19-15 record. Last season, they finished the year with a regular season record of 10-7 and clinched a wild card spot. This was an extremely impressive feat considering all of the injuries that key players of the team suffered.
However, Staley and the Chargers would be greatly embarrassed in the first round of the playoffs. After seemingly having the game clinched with a 27-7 lead at halftime, they would go on to have a teamwide collapse and lose the game by a final score of 31-30.
With all of the talent that the Chargers have on their roster, they are a team that is more than capable of going on a deep playoff run. If Staley is once again bounced in the first round or misses the playoffs, there is a strong chance that the Chargers move on from him.
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