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NFL Head Coaches that could and should expect to be fired after Week 18

Written by Doug Rush

NFL Head Coaches that could and should expect to be fired after Week 18

We have one week left in the 2021 season. Which is different to say since Week 17 is almost done and there’s a Week 18, a first in the NFL.

Thus far, we have only seen two head coaches fired. The Las Vegas Raiders letting Jon Gruden go and the Jacksonville Jaguars firing Urban Meyer.

Earlier in the year, we talked about many of the head coaches who were on the hot seat. A lot of them have survived. Will they survive Black Monday next week? Let’s take a look at who might need to clean out their office.

Vic Fangio, Denver Broncos

Reports have circulated that the Broncos are ready to conduct a full search for their next coach, which means Fangio isn’t long to last in Denver.

Fangio is 7-9 currently with a week left and he hasn’t had a winning season in Denver since taking the helm in 2019. He’ll probably become a defensive coordinator again in the NFL, but he’s likely done as a head coach.

Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings

Another coach who is likely done, as Minnesota is looking for it’s next head coach.

Zimmer has been the Vikings head coach since 2014 and is 71-56 in that time, but they haven’t had a winning season since 2019 and the time to make a chance in Minnesota is upon the franchise.

Matt Rhule, Carolina Panthers

The hashtag, #FireMattRhule was trending, that says a lot about how the Panthers feel about Matt Rhule just two years into his reign.

Panthers owner David Tapper is reportedly embarrassed that he gave Rhule the seven-year deal to be the head coach, which is what he did in order to keep him away from the Giants.

Will Rhule get to have a third season, even though he’s 10-22 as a head coach and has back-to-back 5-11 seasons? Carolina would be warranted in firing Rhule.

Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears

It’s the worst-kept secret is that Nagy’s days as the Bears head coach are numbers, as he is expected to be fired after Week 18.

Nagy has the Bears at 6-10 and they are fighting, like they did in a 29-3 beating of the Giants. But Nagy will be coaching elsewhere.

Joe Judge, New York Giants

After an 11-minute rant, Joe Judge deserves to be fired. He does not deserve to be safe as the head coach of a once great franchise that he has made a mockery of.

Judge is 10-22 as the head coach and sounds more like a used car salesman than he does a head coach. There have been reports that Judge is safe, but he doesn’t deserve to be. John Mara needs to wake up and realize he needs to send Judge off with Dave Gettleman.

Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

It’s hard to see the only head coach to ever win a Super Bowl in Seattle getting fired, but crazier things have happened.

Carroll is set to have his first losing season in Seattle since they went 7-9 in 2011, one year after they went 7-9, but had the “Beast Mode” game and won a playoff game. But, Carroll is 70 years old and the Seahawks are 6-10.

Carroll could end up retiring as opposed to being fired. Nobody would blame Carroll if he decided this was it. But that should be up to Carroll.

Darrell Bevell, Jacksonville Jaguars

Becel is coaching because Urban Meyer was fired after a disaster of a stint as the Jaguars head coach. Bevell is only the interim head coach and they are interviewing other candidates.

One of which was former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is also expected to interview as well.

Rich Bisaccia, Las Vegas Raiders

Bisaccia has made a strong case to be the permanent head coach, as they are 6-5 under him since Gruden was relieved of his coaching duties.

The Raiders will look at other candidates, including Bisaccia, who could get the Raiders to the playoffs if they win in Week 18.

If the Raiders win and they get to the playoffs, it would be almost impossible to not make him the head coach.

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About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.