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While mediocrity can sometimes have unbelievable longevity in the NFL (looking at you, Jeff Fisher and Marvin Lewis), it does eventually run its course. Here are five coaches most likely to be relieved of their duties in 2019.
5. Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are just three years removed from a Super Bowl appearance but have stumbled each of the past two seasons, much like they stumbled in that Super Bowl. They responded by firing nearly everyone on the coaching staff with the exception of HC Dan Quinn this offseason.
They have one of the most talented offensive rosters in the NFL, so underachieving isn't an option. If the new coaching staff doesn't get the team on right track in 2019, Quinn may be next.
4. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
Despite early rumors that the Cowboys would extend Garrett's contract this offseason, the head coach is now in a ride-or-die situation with one year left on his deal. This upcoming season will be telling of Garrett's ability as an offensive coach as he intends to take the reins as play caller.
Hopefully he does better than the performance the Cowboys coaching staff put on at the Pro Bowl, where the NFC managed to score seven points.
3. Doug Marrone, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars were favorites for many experts entering the 2018 season. They had a dominant defense, a fierce rushing attack, and... well... Blake Bortles. That was the main problem, as he threw for a 79 passer rating with under 3,000 yards while getting yanked every other week late in the season.
The culture of the team was also compromised, as players were getting suspended by management and lashing out to the media. Culture stems from leadership, and all eyes are on Doug Marrone. Unless he can regain the locker room, he'll likely be out of Jacksonville by the end of 2019.
2. Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins
Jay Gruden is entering his sixth year with the Redskins and it doesn't look pretty. He has a quarterback who suffered a potentially career-ending injury, a defense that doesn't think the home crowd is on its side, and an aging offensive line that can't stay healthy.
Most teams would cut their coach a little slack, but Gruden has never seen double-digit wins and is coming off two-straight 7-9 seasons. His mediocre days could be numbered.
1. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Tomlin has underachieved with one of the best offensive rosters for years. Now he has managed to alienate his star receiver, Antonio Brown, after writing off Le'Veon Bell as a selfish player. Big Ben and JuJu might be able to keep the team afloat, but fans have been calling for Tomlin's job for years now and he keeps adding to the reasons. If they don't make the playoffs, and even make a run in the playoffs, don't expect Tomlin back in Pittsburgh after next season.
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