3 Coaches Next in Line to Get Fired After Broncos Dismiss Nathaniel Hackett

Adam Taylor McKillop
Three NFL head coaches next in line to be fired after the Denver Broncos dismissed Nathaniel Hackett.
Three NFL head coaches next in line to be fired after the Denver Broncos dismissed Nathaniel Hackett. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

After weeks and months of speculation, the Denver Broncos finally made the highly anticipated move to fire head coach Nathaniel Hackett after Week 16. After an offseason in which the franchise made their championship move to acquire Russell Wilson, the results have been a dumpster fire. Denver is 4-11 after suffering an embarrassing 51-14 loss to the depleted Los Angeles Rams in Week 16.

Hackett is the third NFL coach to lose his job this season, joining Matt Rhule (Carolina Panthers) and Frank Reich (Indianapolis Colts).

Who's next? Here are the three NFL head coaches next in line to get fired.

NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat

1. Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona Cardinals

Expectations were high when the Arizona Cardinals brought in Kliff Kingsbury after his stop with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He kicked off his Cardinals career with the franchise quarterback (Kyler Murray), but the results have been dismal. Arizona will finish with their second losing season in the past four years and have a bad track record of getting off to hot starts before completely unraveling. Failing to maximize the talents of a franchise quarterback is always a recipe to get fired.

2. Lovie Smith, Houston Texans

Lovie Smith knew what he was getting into when he took over as head coach before the 2022 season. The Houston Texans haven't had a winning season 2019 and are clearly rebuilding, but even by those standards his results have been underwhelming. The Texans are on pace to finish with the worst record in the NFL this year and could be looking to change coaches again. They've already tried four coaches in the last three years, as they just can't seem to find someone who can take them in the right direction.

3. Josh McDaniels, Las Vegas Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders have turned things around in the second half, winning four of their last six games. Even so, the Raiders are still just 6-9 after making the playoffs in 2021. McDaniels was brought in to keep the build them into a perennial contender like his old team, the New England Patriots. That hasn't been the case so far, however, and his contract is likely the only reason he still has a job with Las Vegas right now.

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