3 NFL Coaches That Could Be Fired During Their Bye Week

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Fair or not, NFL quarterbacks often get too much praise for a win, and too much blame for a loss. The only other person that rivals that level of media scrutiny is a team's head coach.

Now, almost midway through the season, the NFL coaching hot seat is heating up again. With that in mind, here are three head coaches could be at risk of losing their job in the coming weeks.

1. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys (Bye: Week 8)

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Three weeks ago, Jason Garrett's inclusion on this list would've been flat-out ridiculous. The Dallas Cowboys were sitting at 3-0, and genuinely looked like Super Bowl contenders, winning those games by an average of 17.7 points per game. Of course, Dallas has since dropped three in a row, including an inexplicable loss to the New York Jets as 7.5-point favorites in Week 6. In fact, Dallas became the first team since 1991 to lose despite having led in time of possession, total yards and turnovers while also racking up at least 25 first downs and converting at least 10 third down attempts. The rest of the NFL had won 90 consecutive games under those same circumstances. And things won't get easier any time soon, as Dallas plays the Philadelphia Eagles in a pivotal Week 7 game – one in which the Cowboys could be without WR Amari Cooper and left tackle Tyron Smith. Unless the Cowboys turn it around soon, Garrett's days in Big D could be numbered.

2. Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons (Bye: Week 9)

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Stop me if you've heard this before, but Spiderman's Uncle Ben once said, "With great power comes great responsibility." Dan Quinn certainly fits the bill, as he elected to take over play-calling duties for the Atlanta Falcons' defense this season, opting to serve as head coach and defensive coordinator. Frankly, it hasn't been pretty. Through six weeks, the Falcons have the third-worst pass defense in the NFL, per Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings, and have surrendered 31.0 PPG, which is the second-highest mark in the league. With Matt Ryan once again breaking passing records, all Quinn's defense has to do is play at a league-average rate in order to win games. Unfortunately, the defense has been among the league's worst, and, at 1-5, Quinn could be held responsible come the team's Week 9 bye.

3. Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles Chargers (Bye: Week 12)

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Unlike the other names on this list, Anthony Lynn and the Los Angeles Chargers have plenty of time to turn it around before their bye in Week 12. Even so, at 2-4, with two straight losses to the then-winless Denver Broncos and a Pittsburgh Steelers team that was starting its third-string QB, this is not the start Chargers fans were likely envisioning. Of course, Lynn has had to deal with a myriad of injuries, and Los Angeles' rare home-field disadvantage, but the Chargers are too talented to be where they are in the standings. Four of the Chargers' next five opponents are currently above .500, so there isn't much room for error for a team that had Super Bowl aspirations coming into the season. If Los Angeles keeps losing games, Lynn could be out of a job in the not-too-distant future.


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